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.
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