Have you heard of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences? Over the weekend I completed a learning style inventory assessment, and it provided me with some useful insight on my learning preferences. Below you will see my scores. Do you notice that my strongest modalities are Logical and Social? What does that really mean? Before the end of the day, take this assessment and see how you stack up. Do your results make sense, or are they a complete surprise?
Visual/Spatial — Visual learners learn better when information is presented to them visually using an image or graph/chart.
Bodily/Kinesthetic - Bodily/Kinesthetic learners will benefit from hands on learning, and acting things out. Students will benefit from participating in real world/hands on activities.
Musical — Implementing music and rhythm into instruction will help reach students that is learns best from the musical learning style. When teaching 8th grade math, I had my students write a song about simplifying fractions. Many of them are seniors in high school now, and can still repeat the song on command.
Interpersonal — Group projects work best for this category. Interpersonal learners tend to generate ideas from group discussion, where the content is ingrained into the minds of the student.
Intrapersonal - Independent study is a great way to reach interpersonal learners. It is important to provide this type of learner with the opportunity to engage in independent study.
Linguistic — This type of learner uses reading and the written word to express their knowledge and understanding of the content.
Mathematical — This is my favorite way to learn. I love reasoning my way through things, and developing a logical/rational answer to questions. If I have to solve a puzzle, I will get it done! If I have to write an essay, it will take me a while.
It is important to be aware of these learning styles and their use when differentiating instruction or running tutoring sessions. What happens when someone tells us learning styles aren’t real? Watch this video, and take some time to leave a comment below. I have my own opinions, but I will wait to voice them until you have had the chance to watch the video, and comment. Questions you should ask yourself while watching the video: Does the presenter make a valid point? How does he justify his statement? How would you rebut his statement?