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Multiple Intelligences & Learning Styles

Children learn in different ways and it is important for us as teachers to teach the way our students learn. There is no one strategy that will work best for all the students in a class, so we need to use a variety of strategies within our lessons.

The seven multiple intelligences in children include;

  • Linguistic (Words) Activities: Books, CD’s, writing tools, dialogues, discussion, debates, stories
  • Logical-Mathematical (Numbers and Reasoning) Activities: Things to explore/think about, science materials, manipulatives, school excursions to science museum
  • Spatial (Pictures and Images) Activities: Art, LEGO, DVD’s, movies, imagination games, mazes, puzzles, picture books, excursions to art museum
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic (Whole body and the Hands) Activities: Role play, drama, movement, things to build, sport games, hands on learning
  • Musical (Tone, Rhythm and Timbre) Activities: Sing along time, excursions to concerts, music playing, music instruments
  • Interpersonal (Social Interactions) Activities: Friends, group activities, social gatherings, community events
  • Intrapersonal (Self-Knowledge) Activities: Secret places, time alone, self paced projects, choice

Some of this information was obtained from here which also provides a questionnaire which you can use to get to know the true intelligence of the students you have in your class (you may like to adapt some of the language to your age group). You can use the information to help you to plan lessons using a variety of strategies that suit your students.

While it would be impossible to incorporate all the learning styles in every lesson, we need to try to use a variety of strategies each day in each lesson.

Click here for a printable learning style questionnaire.

Click here for another great website which provides more information on multiple intelligences and also learning styles.

 Stuart Miles /

6 thoughts on “Multiple Intelligences & Learning Styles

  1. Hi Ashley,

    I read a lot on MI and was very excited at first about the “potential” it has, but there has been a wave of criticism in what regards Gardner’s labeling and misuse of the word “intelligences’ from the part of developmental cognitive scientists. Many theories get popular because of their simplicity and appeal to the noninformed reader.

    I would be very cautious in using this approach for many reasons:
    – there has been little evidence to support this theory from the field of psychometrics
    – labelling students is always a double-sided sword: you make them tackle tasks that they feel comfortable with so they build confidence, but you reduce their space of learning by not engaging them in other types of activities that would expand their learning and develop more skills
    – learning is, indeed, an individual act but certain topics lead themselves to certain frames; sure you can teach Math through music, but is that the only and the best way for the “musical” students to grasp abstract concepts? A variety of strategies (visuals, manipulatives etc) are needed.

    I recommend this reading so we can gain a balanced perspective.


  2. Hi Cristina,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it’s always great to get different perspectives. Of course too much of anything isn’t good – the trick is always finding the balance. The main message I wish to get across is for teachers to use a variety of different strategies in their classroom to appeal to all students.



  3. Hi Ashley,
    I have the feeling my post came out overly critical and it was not intended to – just a note of caution.
    I love your blog, your openness, sense of sharing and your dedication to this profession!


    1. Thanks for sharing the video, it’s good to hear different perspectives and opinions. At the end of the day, my message was for teachers to use a variety of strategies in their classroom in order to engage all students. Whether you agree or disagree with learning styles and multiple intelligences, I believe you can’t go wrong with using a range of strategies.


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