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Tactile-Kinesthetic Learner  
General Facts
  • The tactile-kinesthetic learner must DO things for them to have the best chance of learning.
  • he tactile-kinesthetic learner remembers best the things they experience.
  • Kinesthetic learning involves use of the whole body rather than just hands-on.
  • Getting information from written materials or by listening is not as easy as aforementioned methods.
Learning Strengths of the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner
  • Remembers what they DO, what they experience with their hands or bodies (movement and touch).
  • Enjoys using tools or lessons which involve active/practical participation.
  • Can remember how to do things after they've done them once (motor memory).
  • Have good motor coordination.
Learning Strategies for the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner
  • To memorise, pace or walk around while reciting to yourself or using flashcards or notes.
  • When reading a short story or chapter in a book, try a whole-to-part approach. This means you should first scan the pictures, then read headings, then read the first and last paragraphs and try to get a feel for the book. You could also try skim-reading the chapter or short story backwards, paragraph-by-paragraph.
  • If you need to fidget, try doing so in a way which will not disturb others or endager yourself or others. Try jiggling your legs or feet, try hand/finger exercises, or handle a koosh ball, tennis ball or something similar.
  • You might not study best while at a desk. Try lying on your stomach or back. Try studying while sitting in a comfortable lounge chair or on cushions or a bean bag.
  • Studying with music in the background might suit you (baroque music is best - as opposed to heavily rhythm-based music).
  • Use coloured contruction paper to cover your desk or even decorate your area. Choose your favourite colour as this will help you focus. This technique is called colour grounding.
  • Try reading through coloured transparencies to help focus your attention. Try a variety of colours to see which colours work best.
  • While studying, take frequent breaks, but be sure to settle back down to work quickly. A reasonable schedule would be 15-25 minutes of study, 3-5 minutes of break time.
  • When trying to memorise information, try closing your eyes and writing the information in the air or on a surface with your finger. Try to picture the words in your head as you are doing this. Try to hear the words in your head, too.
  • Later, when you try to remember this information, close your eyes and try to see it with your mind's eye and to hear it in your head.
  • When learning new information, make task cards, flashcards, electro-boards, card games, floor games, etc. This will help you process the information.
Teaching Strategies for the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner
  • Allow tactile-kinesthetic students to take breaks during lessons and move around.
  • Encourage tactile-kinesthetic students to write down their own notes.
  • Encourage tactile-kinesthetic students to stand or move while reciting information or learning new material.
  • Incorporate multimedia resources (computer, video camera, OHP transparencies, photography camera, etc.) into programmes (teacher presentations and student presentations).
  • Provide lots of tactile-kinesthetic activities in the class.
Major Traits of the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner
  • Remembers what they DO very well.
  • Remembers best through getting physically involved in whatever is being learned.
  • Enjoys acting out a situation relevant to the study topic.
  • Enjoys making and creating.
  • Enjoys the opportunities to build and physically handle learning materials.
  • Will take notes to keep busy but will not often use them.
  • Enjoys using computers.
  • Physically expresses interest and enthusiasm by getting active and excited.
  • Has trouble staying still or in one place for a long time.
  • Enjoys hands-on activities.
  • Tends to want to fiddle with small objects while listening or working.
  • Tends to want to eat snacks while studying.
Activity Suggestions for the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner
Tactile Activities Kinesthetic Activities
  • Modelling
  • Scrapbooks
  • Colouring books
  • Artistic creations
  • Dioramas
  • Needlework
  • Posters
  • Task cards
  • Electroboards
  • Blackboard/whiteboard activities
  • Sandpaper/felt letters
  • Games
  • Calculators
  • Puzzles
  • Collections
  • Workbooks
  • Sculptures/Collages
  • Mobiles
  • Displays
  • Surveys
  • Demonstrations
  • Dance
  • Products
  • Body games
  • Rocking and reading
  • Make a video show
  • Field trips
  • Dress as characters
  • Role-play/interviews
  • Charades
  • Pantomimes
  • Plays
  • Projects
  • Walking and reading
  • Puppet shows
  • Musical performances
  • Science labs
  • Cut-and-paste tasks