Encourage flexibility in learning
In working out a word problem, inchworm thinkers might work things out step by step.
A grasshopper thinker might provide the right answer without any working out. Frustratingly for a teacher, and when asked how they solved the problem, the learner might respond, “I just knew”.
“I just knew” can be an issue for questions that require pupils to show their working out. Grasshopper thinkers can struggle at higher levels because this evidence is often needed. The flexibility in learning is essential. Try to encourage your grasshoppers to try inchworm methods and vice-versa.
Grasshopper may excel at mental arithmetic, whereas algebra is more inchworm friendly.
Many children use both cognitive styles. But keep in mind, it might be harder to reach extreme inchworms and extreme grasshoppers. Teaching to their style may be more beneficial than trying to force flexibility.