Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt.4

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15 ESV

These last three Multiple Intelligences are a bit more obscure but can be identified in students. However, you may see them in developing stages so I am giving you some ways to identify them within the classroom.

  • Interpersonal Intelligence is the ability to detect and respond appropriately to the moods, motivations and desires of others. They can be empathetic and sympathetic toward others; they may show “mothering” tendencies. They are rather intuitive to the mood of the classroom. These students are not necessarily the classroom helper type; they will help when they see a need expressed. They are the social butterflies, they get along in group situations and relate well with others. They are the friendly outgoing type and others seem to flock to them. Don’t mistake them for leaders; they can be leaders or followers. They are great teachers in partner situations where the other is in need of help.
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence is the capacity to be self-aware and in tune with inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes.  These students are seen as independent and self-motivated. They have a good understanding of who they are, their feelings, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. They learn from their own mistakes and successes. They are confident, and do not tend to seek the approval of their peers. They have a smaller circle of friends and the friendship is strong. They can be quite shy, but their personality can shine in their writing when creative writing is the assignment.
  • Existential Intelligence is the sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, impacts on society, and the world around them. These students like to see the big picture learning in the individual content lessons. They tend to want an overview of how this will relate to the world around them. They will want to dig deeper for understanding and will ask GOOD “why” questions; this is where higher order thinking strategies take place. They may join a cause or have a strong belief in something meaningful to them. They enjoy multiple points of view that come to the conclusion of an idea.

In the next post I will give you several websites to use and give you some insight as to what you will find once you are there.


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