Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt. 2

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. Proverbs 10:17 ESV

In the last post I mentioned that I would put some of these two theories together that seem most logical, but remember that it doesn’t mean it is true across the spectrum and in every situation. Look for the patterns that help lead you to the correct conclusion for each student. Don’t make an assumption based on the preferences of a Learning Style, that a student will possess strength in a similar intelligence and visa-versa.

With that said, I have attempted to categorize some of the Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences in the simplest form, realizing that these can be interspersed within each other. I simply want you to see how M.I. can fit alongside the Learning Styles for the ease of lesson planning. Some fit together quite logically and obviously; a student who is primarily Visual in their L.S. will most likely choose M.I. tasks which are Visual-Spatial. Remember however, no one fits into one box.

These are some example fits for the categories of L.S. and M.I.

Visual – Visual-Spatial Intelligence, Naturalist Intelligence

Social – Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence

Physical – Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Musical Intelligence

Aural – Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence, Musical Intelligence

Verbal – Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence, Musical Intelligence

Solitary – Intrapersonal Intelligence, Existential Intelligence

Logical – Mathematical-Logical Intelligence

I will add some reasoning behind these in the next post.

The best and easiest way to see where each student match up, in the general sense, is to give them an inventory test for L.S. and for M.I. Below is a short list of links for inventory tests.

 This site offers both tests and is catered to L.D. and ADHD students

You can print this one!

The site is my favorite. The M.I. inventory tests it put into a lesson plan that you can add to your objectives for the day/week. It also has links for L.S. too!

I do want you to understand that my point here is on learning, not simply creating a lesson using every M.I. to fit each child. Creating a lesson or lessons that cater to every M.I. is impractical and does not always fit every lesson every time. Again, you don’t want to box a child into one or two areas because of an inventory test or two. We want our students to be well-rounded; pay attention to how they learn and offer a couple of methods/options if appropriate.

How do your students line up? Do you see any patterns? Finding patterns in your student will greatly help in your lesson planning.

Blessing to you,



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