Welcome back! As you can see in the poem, there are various needs of our learners. The last six lines also express the benefits of identifying our learners' needs and knowing them well.
So, how do we identify the diverse needs of our learners?
To begin with, you need to be aware of the following six dimensions for learners' need identification; that’s because their needs are likely to be related to one or a combination of these dimensions.
- Biological traits - gender, age, physical health, disabilities and development, motor coordination and skills, and learning disabilities that have been diagnosed
- Cultural and social influencers -sense of strength and stability, the way students receive and interpret experiences, the economic status, religion, ethnicity, race, cultural identity, language they speak, values and gender roles
- Emotional factors - family—its structure, history, or births and deaths, additions and subtractions in it, then the attitude of the students, their disposition, self-worth and their standing with their peers
- Academic performance - the data that provides information on the student’s concrete to abstract cognition, reading, writing proficiency, attention span, categorisation and sequencing skills, and logical thinking skills
- Learning preferences - learners’ interests, their aptitude inclinations, styles of learning, and group and environmental influences
- Special Education Needs - communication skills and interaction skills; cognitive and learning abilities; mental, emotional and social factors; finally, sensory and physical development.
Now please read the poem again. The first twelve lines are examples of learners’ needs related to each of the dimensions given above. Once you understand these dimensions, all you need to do is to… Know Your Learner.
To explore the topic further, feel free to check out our course on Child Development, Learning Styles and Learning Taxonomies.