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To do this, the teacher needs to adopt a diverse, personalized teaching style and curriculum.

To accomplish this, a teachers learning style must show respect for the students individual and different learning styles, be responsive to students different learning styles by utilizing different levels of tasks and activities, utilize a range of teaching strategies, and teach thinking skills that stretch across the curriculum. One of the most significant challenges that a teacher using a learning style centered approach to teaching is the growing pressure to “teach to the test.” Teaching to the test refers to the practice of utilizing standardized test to assess the learning of students. Since such things as funding and raises are often tied directly to how well a student performs on the standardized test, many teachers and schools have adopted a curriculum that essentially teaches to the test, or in away that ensures high rates of test performance. The problem with this approach to teaching is that it takes a narrow approach to teaching to a wide array of learning styles

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