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Career College Central - December 2017

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Subscribe at 8 Gardner's Seven Learning Styles • Visual/spatial • Aural/musical • Verbal/linguistic • Physical/kinesthetic • Logical/mathematical • Social/interpersonal • Solitary/intrapersonal ose looking to begin a career in the arts, meanwhile, may find an easier path to success if they possess the following personality traits: A combination of playfulness and discipline: "Despite the carefree air that many creative people affect, most of them work late into the night and persist when less-driven individuals would not. Vasari wrote in 1550 that when Renaissance painter Paolo Uccello was working out the laws of visual perspective, he would walk back and forth all night, muttering to himself: 'What a beautiful thing is this perspective!' while his wife called him back to bed with no success," says Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Creativity: e Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People. Flexible: People who work in the arts need to be able to "see different aspects of issues and come up with optimal solutions." ey also need to be prepared to abandon one vision for another, since those who are employed by a client or corporation will be working to create a final product that meets certain criteria, which may or may not change along the course of the project. Persistent: Creating—whether it's a painting, a digital graphic, a piece of content, or an edgy hairstyle—is more than the creative vision an artist gets in his or her head. e process of bringing that vision from imagination into the real world can be long, painstaking, and frustrating. Successful artists don't give up, and understand that while they're passionate about their work, it's work all the same. With the persistence to learn new skills, finish unsatisfying projects, and build a portfolio over time, those working in the arts will find themselves with careers they enjoy and are proud of. Enjoying the journey: Teaching business and arts students School doesn't have to be stressful! Today's students don't want to feel like they're slogging through months of rote memorization and frustration just to get the credentials they need to start a career. ey want to feel fulfilled by their education, gain real knowledge, and build connections with people along the way. One of the best ways to help them do so is through an understanding of various students' learning styles. As technology has evolved alongside our understanding of how students learn, it has gotten easier for instructors to develop multimedia curricula that touches on all seven of Howard Gardner's seven intelligences, incorporating exercises and modules that work best for each type of learner. Among students who choose programs leading to careers in business, two learning styles are most common: physical and social. Physical/kinesthetic learners: Physical learners do best when they're able to use their bodies and hands in the classroom. Many successful businesspeople are comfortable expressing their energy and confidence through strong physical presence and trust-building physical touch (which also explains why experts have found many successful businesspeople have a history of playing competitive sports). Instructors can use role-playing exercises and act out scenarios to allow these students to learn best. In business-focused classes like economics, where physical learning doesn't make sense, allow students regular breaks to get up, walk around, and stretch. Social/interpersonal learners: Interpersonal learners shine when they're able to interact with others. It makes sense that so many people who choose a business career are social learners, since business (and sales in particular) thrives on building relationships, trust, and camaraderie. Allow students to practice these skills in the classroom by letting them talk with classmates about assignments, assigning group projects or those that involve interacting with outside sources, and have ample one-on-one time with professors. Among students who choose programs leading to careers in the arts, the two most common learning styles are visual and solitary. Visual/spatial learners: It's no surprise that artists tend to learn best by thinking about visual relationships and patterns and working with the abstract. ese learners need time and space to explore, the freedom to try different ways of solving a problem (likely making mistakes along the way), and visions to manipulate.

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