Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt.3

Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. 

~ Proverbs 9:9, NLT 

Sometimes we see the Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences that come out strongly in our students without giving them a test at all. Logical and Mathematic kids are usually very science, math, and sequence oriented. Verbal and Linguistic students show it in the way they speak, listen, and write; they love to share and when new words are learned, they use them. Visuals who want to see examples also tend to draw or doodle. But the ones we don’t see as clearly can also be easily identified if we stop and watch our students throughout the school day. How they interact with others and the world around them can be big indicators of how they think and where their intelligences show best. Here are a few things to look for with the more obscure intelligences as well as ways to allow their M.I. to best be displayed.

Visual and Spatial students have the ability to think in images and they understand the relationship of objects. They tend to excel at using multi-sensory learning. Allow them to show graphs or pictures in their math work as well as using maniputlatives to explain their thinking. Let them add pictures to their writing, allow them to read graphic novels if and when appropriate. They may also tend to have the Naturalist Intelligence simply because of the many visuals natural lends to us.

Consider those students who are affected by their environment; the students who choose the window seats are probably the ones who also fall into the Naturalist Intelligence and may be the ones to ask if they can have the lesson outside. I was able to grant that opportunity to my students when the weather and lesson permitted. Or they could choose to go out on the lawn for independent reading if they chose. They are able to recognize patterns and you may see this in their math work. They tend to write about times they were outdoors or will add bits of this into their writing. They may also be quite interested in the early grade sciences because most are nature related.

Musical Intelligences are not easy for some teachers to incorporate into lessons especially if it isn’t a strong M.I. for them. However, pay attention to poetry for these students; they can easily rhyme and may have a nice flow to their writing. They will also pick up on patterns in math. Some of these students will be Kinesthetic, movers, hummers, and tappers; allow freedom of movement when possible. Soft music in a corner of the classroom may help their focus on a lesson but use it with caution and watch to see if others are distracted by it.

I am going to leave the Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Existential Intelligences until next time. This is plenty to dwell on for now and the last three are certainly obscure to most of us.

Blessings to you, Tammy



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