A **global learning style preference** has to do with the way a student processes information. Global learners need a main idea or whole picture about the subject before they can process the details and related information. However, educators are often trained to teach in an analytical way; that is, giving facts step-by-step and leading the students to a final theory or conclusion. As you might guess, this is more common in the subject areas of math and science. But no matter what the subject, there are some easy ways to teach globals.

**Start by telling the main idea and goal of the lesson**

**Share stories or personal anecdotes that relate to the topic**

**Use humor**

**Show lots of visual images, diagrams, and graphs**

### 3 examples of how to teach globally with the “more analytic” subjects:

**Math – The Pythagoream Theorem (Middle grades and up)**

**globally**, he would start out with a

**statement that overviews**what they will be learning. He would even possibly add a little

**humor**. Perhaps he could show an humorous

**image**like a cute monster with a right triangle in his hand. Or a he could tell a triangle joke; “Why does a triangle only have three sides? Because the 4th side was a square!” Or he could simply introduce the topic with picture of a triangle and an overview of what they will learn. He could point to the triangle and say, “Today we are going to look at a right triangle to find out how the lengths of the sides are all related. You can use the side lengths of the triangle to find out the length of the hypotenuse.” Then he could easily go into a step-by-step explanation like the one mentioned earlier, but by this time the global students will have a

**big picture**or “globe” to put the steps into.

**Science – Introduction to the Periodic Table (Elementary age)**

**story**of how the Periodic Table was created. Download an image of Mendeleev like the one here, show them it as you say something like this:

*you*ever tried to put together a big puzzle? [Allow for responses.] Would it be harder to put it together if you were missing some of the pieces? And what if you didn’t even have the picture on the box to look at?”

**Math – Learning the Facts (Elementary ages)**

I found an image of a flashcard (below) with something similar on a site³ that talks about teaching math to global learners. (They call them “right brain” or “visual” learners.)

We also recommend the LeapFrog videos that put stories to letters and numbers.

**What if I don’t know whether or not my child is a global learner?**

**Dunn & Dunn recommend that when the processing style is unknown or when teaching a mixed group of students, one should always teach globally.**

**Start by telling the main idea and goal of the lesson**

**Share stories or personal anecdotes that relate to the topic**

**Use humor**

**Show lots of visual images, diagrams, and graphs***

### **References and recommended products:**

*Dissertation Abstracts International, 59*(12), 4386A.