Sensor Feeler

The SF learner

The sensor feeler is a concrete learner, and is the student for whom cooperative learning is made to order. The SF learner likes to talk about what she is learning. She needs to process information orally, and learns best if she can relate personally to the content.

SF students often "get in trouble" in the classroom for talking too much. The student and the teacher need to recognize the reason for the need to talk, and find opportunities for the student to talk about the content. The student can recognize that it's normal for the way she learns, and learn to discipline the drive until an appropriate time. The teacher should build exercises that permit students' talking with one another (cooperative learning) into the lesson plans.

The process of talking through new material is important. In talking about the new stuff, the SF learner is using the new words, and forming her own sentences to build the concept. This is a different cognitive process than just listening to someone else talk about it or even writing it out.

When attempting to process complex content, the SF must talk it through, and studys best with another learner.

The SF should break large tasks into several small steps, and find a means of relating to the content. She may create a story line or example problem using friends' and family members' names, or take part in a play or game.

Both SFs and STs need to learn sequentially, building from the known to the unknown with manipulatives where possible. Constructivist theories (Aldridge, 1992) hold well for both ST's and SF's, in that the learning is built stepwise from basics to concept, and that the students build their own learning based on their own experiences.

For more information, please refer to the Student Survival Guide.