The Multisensory teaching model using a multimodal approach.
Multisensory teaching and learning essentially means when new information is introduced, we simultaneously utilise the three primary modes of memory to maximise retrieval and automaticity. These are sight, sound, and tactile/kinesthetic. At its heart multisensory learning is a basic concept, it’s how we implement this approach in our practice that can be complicated.
To understand why multisensory learning is one of the most effective student engagement strategies, it’s important to understand how our brains work. The human brain has evolved in a multisensory environment. We remember how to do things best when the directions we’re given engage multiple senses.
The definition of multisensory learning, then, is using the neuroscience behind how we learn to teach concepts where we engage two or more of the senses. Most educators add audio or visual multimedia into their assignments, but multisensory learning can also include tactile, smell, and taste-related materials. As long as the activity engages multiple areas of the brain, it can help students develop stronger memories around how to do it.
It is important to emphasise that there are opposing beliefs that we have one dominant learning style, however it is well researched and supported that we learn and remember best when all modalities are accessed. Which gives us the highly recognised VAK model (or VAT).
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