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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana December 13 1! How students learn I Christ the King students ha00'e: been tested to determine learning style l)reference By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer • Dominance: This student perceives information ab- stractly and processes it ac- tively. They seek utility and results. They ask "how does this work?" • Influencing of others: This student perceives infor- nlation con(:retely alld pro- cesses it actively. They seek to influence others. They ask "1t7" • Steadincss: This student perceives information con- cretely and processes it re- flectively. They seek meaning and clarity. They ask "Why?" • Cautiousness/corot)It- ante: This student perceives information abstractly and processes it reflectively. They seek goal attaimnent and per- sonal effectivene, ss. They ask "What?" When teachers understand the different ways that their students learn, they become better equipped to teach. That's tile idea behind Learn- ing Style Testing. Stu(lents in grades four through eight and teachers at Christ the King School, Evansville. were tested this fall to determine their learn- ing style pr(:ferences. "We are assessing learning styles so teachers can adjust their teaching styles," said Elaine Hopkins, director of manageinent education at the University of Evansville. Hopkins explained that there are four types of learn- ers. Fifth grader Matt Endress asks Christ the King principal, He- lene Hunter, a question during the Learning Style testing pro- cess. Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes i f ii "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 NEW YEAR'S EVE 12/31/91 PACKAGE #1 I room double occupancy; 2 dinimr buffet/reserved seating; 2 early breakfast buffet/reserved seating; Party Favors; 4 drink tickets; Champagne toast at midnight: $164.95 (airport view); $174.95 {balcony view) (pins state and local taxes}. PACK 2 dinner but t ,hi: $104.95 nd local I. PACKAGE #3 2 dinrer in Clouds Restaurant; Adnfittanre to atrium party and hal|room party lafter 9 p.m.): Party Faw)r; Champagne toast at midnight. $79.95 (plus slate and local taxes). PACKAGE #4 Admittance lo atrium party and balh'oom par|y (after 9 p.m.): Party Favor; Champagne toast at mid- night. $15.00 (plus state and local taxes). 812-867-7999 Hopkins said after process- ing the results, the students will he given information about themselves. Because the results offer an in-det)th analysis of each student's be- havior, tiles(; results will hel t) each student know them- selves be, tter. They will learn that "they as individuals have their own approaclles and behaviors and ways of living their lives. And thars just fine. "It shows each student in- dividually w, ho tilt:), really are." Because the results show that people respond st) differ- ently, the (-hildren h,'arn to re- duce the judgements they make of other people. Hop- kins t)elieves. Teachers will have the extra benefit of obtaining ad- ditional information about each student. This informa- tion offers an "understanding of human behavior, why the differences are there, how we can use values to change this human behavior. "It's a new paradigm of looking at people in class- rooms," Hopkins said, adding, "It clears up so much, especially the differences in children." She believes that when teachers have a greater under- standing of students in their classroom then "teachers can change and improve a thou- sand-fold their understanding and insight into people." Helene Hunter, principal at Christ the King School, said the "bottom line is that we can find out how to help these children. It's an essen- tial tool for building self-esteem." THE LORD'S , PRAYER ON A I PENNY Postage and BanOI00n00l {The elongated penny Is made by a machine which lakes 22 I/2 tons o{ pressure to roll Ihe penny out.} Penny elongating Is legal by Coin Code Section 331-title-t8 U.S. Government. PLEASE WRITE TODAY MAGIC PENNY P.O. BOX 460 JEMISON, ALABAMA 35085 u Four behavior types Here is a brief description of characteristics of the fen behavior types: D: DOMINANCE Tendencies for people in this behavioral group in(Ira • getting immediate results • causing action • accepfi chMlenges • making quick decisions • questioning th tus quo * taking authority • managing trouble * solvil problems. This person desires an environment which includes: • power and authority • prestige and challenge • opportl nity for individual accomplishments • wide scope of o ations • direct answers • opportunity for advancement: • freedom from controls and supervision • many new ( varied activities. To be more effective, this person needs: • difficult assignments • understanding that they need people • techniques based on practical experiences • a occasional shock • identification with a group • to verbaJ" ize the reasons for conclusions • an awareness of existffig sanctions • to pace self and to relax more. l: INFLUENCING OF OTHERS Tendencies for people in this behavioral group include: • contacting people • making a favorable impression • verbalizing with articulateness • creating a motivational environment • generating enthusiasm • entertainin pie • desiring to help others • participating in a group, This person desires an environment which includes: • popularity, social recognition • public ability • freedom of expression • groul of the job * democratic relationships • trol and detail • opportunity to Verbalize proposals • coaching and counseling skills • favorable conditions. To be more effective, this rson needs: • objectivity in decisionmaking; participatory management; • priorities and deadlines. . C:CAUTIOUSNESS/COMPLIANCE [TO THEIR STANDARDS) Tendencies for people in this behavioral • attention'to key directivesand on ke stances being people • checking of performance * reassurance sponsiveness to quality control, door % complishments. mance appraisals • as much rE worth as for what they accomplish • to d( for conflict. S: STEADINESS Tendencies for people in this behavioral • performing an accepted work pattern • sitting or : in one place • demonstrating patience • developing cialized skills • concentrating alty • being a good listener • calming excited people. This person desires an environment • security of the situation • status quo unless given sons for change life • credit for work accom • sincere appreciation • identification with a group • traditional procedures. To be more effective, this person needs: • information on