The interviewers would like to know that you have valid methods for teaching students with varying learning styles. Not all students will absorb their lessons in the same manner. Visual, auditory, and tactical learners have very different needs. Think about the teaching methods you have used in the past, and the techniques you encourage your teaching staff to explore. Be prepared to give specific examples of how you, as a Preschool Director, support the needs of a wide range of learners.
"One thing I have learned, over my years of being an educator is that kids learn much better when they have the opportunity to move around and express themselves in a safe and welcoming environment. When I was teaching, I created learning stations in my classroom, where students would have 'free time' during the day to explore various stations. The stations they each choose showed me a great deal about their learning preferences. Some enjoy tactile-based tasks; some like to read - others, to practice writing their name. Now, as a Preschool Director, I help my teaching staff to develop a wide range of learning opportunities for their students. There are eight primary learning styles, all of which our school works hard to accommodate. These learning styles include visual, verbal, and aural learners. Also, we have logical, solitary, and naturalist learners. In addition to these, we have students who identify as social and physical learners. For visual learners, I ask my teachers to provide visual metaphors when storytelling or introducing a new concept. For verbal learners, we make sure there is time for the teacher to read aloud to the class. For aural learners, we provide access to audiobooks, and we introduce activities where students can problem-solve out loud. When it comes to logical learners, we present age-appropriate facts that they can memorize. Solitary learners receive independent problem-solving tasks throughout the day, and naturalist learners receive exercises where they can find patterns and perform experiments. Lastly, for our social and physical learners, we teach through group work, physical activity, and hands-on experiments."