Visual- preferring to learn by seeing and reading
Auditory- preferring to learn by speaking and listening
Kinaesthetic- preferring to learn by touching and doing
I realised that the reason I switch off in long sermons is because I am very visual, quite kinaesthetic and not very auditory at all. If I'm listening I need to be doodling! It made me see the behaviour of our children differently as well. The child who's always fiddling might be very kinaesthetic and sitting listening for extended periods is not helpful to him! In our teaching it's important to include something, somewhere, in each lesson that will appeal to each of the 3 styles so everyone gets a chance at engagement.
Here's a table of things that will appeal to each learning style:
If you want to know more, you can take a VAK test at http://www.businessballs.com/vaklearningstylestest.htm