To be effective as instructors, we need to present our concepts across a broad front so students can receive the information through many different avenues. Because of this, I regularly have my students take a learning style inventory, a system originally presented by R.M. Felder and L.K. Silverman.1 From these evaluations, I find that the vast majority of my students are visual learners-they learn best when they can see with their mind's eye what is being described in a lecture. always try to represent concepts in two-dimensional (2-D) drawings during my lectures, but I've also found that supplementing drawings with physical models is essential. Because students can see and touch three-dimensional (3-D) representations of what we have been discussing, they can more readily wrap their minds around new ideas.
Concrete Training Aids in the Classroom by Cullen A. Jones S tanding at the border where principle meets practice, teaching a senior-level design course can be a daunting ta
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