Student Learning Style Surveys
You know how some students can be given the "hairy eyeball" and
that's all it takes and other students get the "hairy eyeball" and
see that as "Those are fighting words...let's go to the mat." Well,
it all has to do with personality traits. Reading personalities is about
as easy as reading someone's mind. Taking an old personality survey
and revamping it for modern times and then pairing it with research
based interventions we invented a new learning style survey. We used
colors from the rainbow to describe different characteristics of student
personalities and learning styles. By giving this survey, you will
be able to determine a color code for each student and work specifically
with those that you are having difficulty. You probably only need interventions
for about 5% of the students in your classes. However, anyone can have
a bad day and knowing how to deal with a student on a bad day is just
as important as knowing how to deal with a student on a day to day
Once you score the student learning style surveys- the student will be assigned a
color. Choose the color below and click through the PowerPoint for
ideas on how to CARE for this student:
behavior can you expect?)
do they learn?)
should you discipline?)
These students are usually fairly well adjusted and perform up to their capacity in school.
These students are usually fairly well adjusted and seldom develop emotional or behavioral problems. In fact, they may appear better adjusted than students with a typical profile. They do have a tendency to talk loudly and to respond impulsively.
These students are usually fairly well adjusted with few emotional or behavioral problems. They do not, however, respond well to being the center of attention, particularly unexpectedly or frequently. Teachers often mistake this type of student for a student with emotional problems.
These students have a high incidence of emotional problems, e.g., phobias. They seldom show
disruptive behavior, but may have emotional outbursts in stressful or threatening situations.
Their behavior is usually easy to control and may become over-controlled.
These students are outgoing and uninhibited as well as anxious and over reactive. These students
will often be diagnoses with learning disabilities. These students' performance improve when
stimulated by interesting materials and activities.This child may exhibit an
emotional over reaction when on a stimulant drug. Thus, educators should stimulate these students with materials and social
interaction rather than emotional stimulation.
These students are emotionally over reactive, but usually are quiet and extremely cautious. They
are often too stimulated to perform well in school and anything that reduces their anxiety will
improve their performance. They frequently try to avoid things that most children find enjoyable
and are particularly susceptible to school phobia. Because of their quiet reserved demeanor,
teachers often do not recognize that they need special attention.
These students are likely to exhibit disruptive behaviors in the classroom. They may also try to
dominate classmates through aggressive behavior. They are difficult to control through either
reward or negative consequences and often engage in sensation seeking behavior. Sometimes a skillful
teacher can use their sensation seeking behavior to enhance academic performance. Students
with this profile who have above average intelligence can be very creative but even so will not be
pleasant to work with. Students with this profile who are of lower intelligence have more
difficulty directing their behavior toward productive ends.
These students' impulsive behavior is often directed toward other people and is often violent.
These students will work in order to be stimulated. Stimulation is useful both during work and
following work in order to get optimal performance. They respond better to rewards than
negative consequences but don't respond well to either.
These students typically have a combination of emotional and behavioral problems. They often
engage in sensation seeking activities without regard for consequences. They also often over
react to the emotional stimulation that results from their activities. This feedback keeps them in
an almost continuous state of over stimulation and anxiety. They usually don't do well
academically and often don't have the foresight to successfully commit serious misdeeds. You
must constantly work to avoid over stimulating these students or allow them to over stimulate
themselves. Students with this profile who have above average intelligence can be very creative,
particularly in the area of the arts. Even so, they will not be pleasant to work with. Students with
these profiles that are of lower intelligence have more difficulty directing their behavior toward
The hostile behavior in these students is usually directed at things rather than people.Vandalism is more common than fighting. Their behavior is likely to be unpredictable and to swing between impulsive and cautious in their responses- both of which are harmful to school performance. Thus, the recommendations for High Porpoise and Low Eagle may at times be contradictory and educators must be careful when employing recommendations from one area that educators don't push the student to the
other extreme. Stimulation during work periods will usually interfere with their performance. However, stimulation following work, as a reward, will increase the amount and quality of future
work. Once they become stimulated, it is necessary to get them settled down before any they can
productively resume work. The best times for stimulating activities is during breaks, lunch,
recess or at the end of the day. Students with this profile who have above average intelligence
can be very creative, particularly in the areas of science and technology. Students with this profile who are of lower intelligence have more
difficulty directing their behavior toward productive ends.
These students are the most disruptive of all students. Techniques used to stimulate students
high on Eagle and to reward students high on Porpoise can be used as long as they don't involve stressful or
emotional components. A teacher talking loudly or yelling at one of these students is likely to
produce an emotional over reaction and physical aggression, probably directed at the teacher.
Managing the behavior of this highly unusual type of student requires a constant effort. Students
with this profile who have above average intelligence can be very creative, particularly in the
area of the arts. Even so, they will not be pleasant (0 work with. Students with this profile who
are of lower intelligence have more difficulty directing their behavior toward productive ends
and is the profile with the worst prognosis.
These students are likely to be more fearful and anxious and likely to be less openly aggressive
than students in Lime Green. More attention should be given to reducing anxiety than to
controlling aggression. Their behavior is often erratic, swinging between emotional outburst and
withdrawal, but ineffective. Stimulation during work should be avoided even as a consequence
for good work because they may become too stimulated for optimal performance.
Blank Learning Style Survey
Easy Scoring Guide