When I was learning to be an instructor, I was taught two key points that I was told to ensure all of lessons plans addressed. One was the Learning Pyramid and the other was learning styles; it was stressed that to be a good instructor, these needed to be in every lesson.
The Learning Pyramid is a theory that people learn only a small part of a lecture, learn 10% from reading, learn 20% from audio/visual, and so one till you get to the base of the pyramid that says we learn much more by ‘doing’.
If you’ve heard of that theory, I hope you’ve also heard that it’s false. There are a number of articles out there that show it’s not true, including some that show the supposed source never put out the stats that the pyramid claims:
I quickly picked that up and have dropped it from my materials and teaching plans. Now it seems the other ‘must do’ I was taught is also false; teaching styles are myth says a lot of research, and yet it persists:
Rather than try to cater to every learners’ style, it’s more important to be clear and gain understanding by teaching material in a variety of ways. The type of material and understanding being sought will play a larger role than ‘learner style’ – teaching someone to do something (like play soccer) needs tactile / hands on work, while teaching someone to be able to define concepts will lean more to discussion or lecture.