Learning Birds and Their Homes

Many species of bird need different types of habitat to conform to their needs. Surely, every type of habitat has different kinds of food to offer than the other. So, with this, it is always best to know what type of bird you own and what habitat they are in, to be able to give them the wild bird food that they really need.

Learning their Homes

Heathlands. Heathlands are often found in unfertile soil. Around the Australian harbor they are mainly seen near the coast where there are most wind and salt spray, and this habitat is not supported by tall trees. Heathlands are dense homes because most plants found here are hard-leaved making them very suitable homes for small birds.

Woodlands. Different from Heathlands, Woodlands is where trees are dominant, and is covered with native grasses. In Australia, this habitat was mainly seen in the western parts with more fertile soil. Sadly, this type of habitat is now being cleared because of industrialization, making birds who reside in this habitat the most unsafe.

Forests. Forests are known for having the most coverage of trees for birds. Types of forest depend on their substance of eucalypts that measure whether a part is dry or wet, and where most water resource comes from A larger scale of bird species is found in the forests because this is ultimately their natural habitat even before migration and what not. 

Rainforests. The last type of habitat to be discussed are rainforests, which grows on deeper and moister condition of the earth. Most rainforest plants give fleshy-fruits and types of berries, which are valuable food resource for many types of birds, but most especially to Parrots and Pigeons.

Understanding Learning Styles

Learning styles (LS) generally refer to the set of factors occurring as patterns of  learning behavior and attitudes among students, which can be utilized as effective method of teaching.

 

A set of LS poses as influences to the approach preferred by a learner when acquiring knowledge. In the academic world, the use of learning styles as basis for teaching methods became popular as educational practice as far back as the 1970s. The approach though is not without criticism, since every individual possesses different cognitive, physiological and affective behaviors.

In a typical learning environment, several learners interact with a single teacher. Ideally, assessment of individual learning styles is undertaken to determine the most preferred modes of instructions that will optimize the educator’s teaching method. Recent studies though expressed skepticism regarding learning styles as determining factors. The common contentions are the unreliable measurement and the absence of systematic studies supporting such measures.

The Seven Basic Learning Styles

There are seven (7) basic learning styles, namely Auditory, Visual, Kinaesthetic, Kinaesthetic-Auditory, Visual-Auditory, Visual-Kinaesthetic, and Auditory-Kinaesthetic-Visual. Auditory refers to learning by listening, Kinaesthetic means learning thru physical activities, while Visual pertains to learning by way of images, examples, charts and the like. The rest therefore are combinations of two or three learning techniques.

Visual-Auditory teaching methods usually combine oral and written instructions and materials. Visual-Kinaesthetic LS enables a student to learn faster by carrying out tasks related to a lecture. Such tasks may include creating posters, powerpoint presentations, conducting surveys, and other similar activities. Auditory-Kinaesthetic uses sound related physical activities. Teaching methods usually task students to convert a certain lesson into a song, create a commercial jingle or music video.

Studies show that it is unlikely that one individual has only one learning style. Yet it has been widely observed that one learning style is dominant over another. The important point driven at by LS critics is that teaching methods must not be confined to learning styles claimed as the most effective. Utilizing instructional methods attuned to one LS at a time, gives students a chance to develop less dominant learning senses. In time, teaching methods may later advance to using multi-sensory learning approaches.