Linda is a seventh grade student who has special interests and abilities in school. She described her grades as above average in math, average in science, average in reading, and average in social studies. She seems to have several areas of interest. Her primary interest appears to be in mathematics. She seems to enjoy working with numbers, problems, patterns, and logic and may also like using computers and working on logic puzzles and word problems.
Linda's second area of interest appears to be in business. She seems to show an interest in organizing or starting a business or assuming a leadership role in working with people, such as stage managing the play or becoming editor of the yearbook.
Linda's third area of interest appears to be in athletics. She seems to like physical activity and may be interested in learning about sports, nutrition, physical therapy, or sports medicine.
Linda also has specific preferred instructional styles. Learning or instructional styles are the ways students like to learn and the strategies parents and teachers use to help them learn. Linda has very clearly defined learning preferences. Her preferred instructional style is through peer tutoring that happens when a student or friend who knows a good deal about something helps or works with her to really understand the topic or material being studied in school. Her second choice of learning style is independent study in a topic of choice. Although she does like working independently, Linda may be interested in sharing some responsibilities for this project with a small group of other interested students. It may be necessary for her teachers or other adults to help her with this independent work, as the final work may result in an advanced product, such as an experiment, a video, a service, a technology product such as a powerpoint, or an oral presentation. Linda also enjoys discussions that happen when two or more students talk with their teacher or in small groups about issues and topics by discussing facts and opinions and discussing them.
Linda also has a preferred product style. That is, she has certain kinds of products that she likes to complete. Her first product choice is dramatic. She enjoys participating in theatrical performances, such as acting and role-playing. Her second choice of product style is audio-visual/display. She enjoys organizing attractive arrangements of objects, and/or likes to work on displaying information on boards or posters. She also may enjoy organizing materials and designing diagrams to visually display information. Linda's third choice of product style is oral, as she enjoys speaking and discussing things. She may also like debates or speeches, or talking about things in her class.