I’ve found it useful to administer assessments early in the school year to learn more about my students so I can tailor what I must teach in ways the specific students that year learn best. I’ve discovered, too, that when students recognize that they learn and show learning in different ways, they tend to be less stressed when they see peers having success in certain setting. Knowing their own style can give students confidence to be more assertive and ask for opportunities to use alternative ways to demonstrate what they’re learning, too.
See What’s Your Learning Style? for an on-line quiz to help reveal how individual students learn. The results can provide you with valuable information for planning more engaging and effective lessons.