As a teacher, you have most likely taken many courses that have mentioned Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. In order for a child to get a quality education, teachers need to know their learning style. Without knowing the learning style of each student, students find it difficult to do well in school. When creating lesson plans, many teachers find it difficult to stray from their own intelligence. Children find it difficult to become engaged in lessons and struggle to obtain information. We at Have Fun Teaching hope to provide you with the resources you need in adapting to all intelligences and learning styles.
You look over and notice that one of your students is daydreaming during a lesson. Another student is doodling in the margins of their notes. Yet another is creating flashcards over the lesson as you present it. These types of behaviors are modeled by visual/spatial learners. In order to adapt to this type of learning, it is beneficial to have a Word Wall to promote learning in vocabulary. Graphing worksheets help these children to analyze data collected in a lesson. Finding a YouTube video that relates to the lesson could also help these types of learners.
In the same classroom, you notice a student fidgeting or swaying. You find that a student forms letters in craft dough better than with a pen and paper. Many students find that they are able to understand content better when they are able to move. They often go for a walk, interpretive dance, or use Reader’s Theater to help them better understand a lesson. Abby’s Fitness Videos are beneficial to students who need that movement. These students also like to manipulate things. SmartBoard lessons and craft dough activities help these learners use their hands to solve a problem.
You hear a student humming in the front row as they write their notes. While studying for a test, their neighbor taps their foot to a beat. We are all exposed to music in our lives, and this is extremely beneficial to many learners. Oftentimes, a child will use the tune of their favorite song to help them remember information. These learners concentrate better when classical music is playing in the background. Providing songs that relate to the content you are teaching may help these learners obtain the knowledge they need.
During free time, you see that a child always heads toward the math games. They logically interpret information provided to them. Sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles, and other logic puzzles keep these minds busy. People who are logically and mathematically intelligent find themselves thinking conceptually. They explore patterns, like to investigate, and are great at calculating. These children may learn best when you provide graphic organizers to graph information.
A couple of children stare at you as you present a lesson rather than taking notes. Their eyes seem full of interest and their ears intently listen in. Verbally providing instruction is helpful to children who learn linguistically. These children may like to create poetry or listen to an audiobook. They may read their notes out loud or ask you to repeat information. These learners may also rewrite their notes or like to write short stories. Reading comprehension worksheets may help these learners in all academic subjects.
While outside for recess, you find a child picking flowers and analyzing the different parts. They have multiple flowers classified by color or length. These children benefit from naturalistic learning. The naturalist intelligence is newly approved to Gardner’s theory. This style of learning allows children to explore the outdoors and their environment. These children like to observe and classify plants and animals around them. Using activities such as our What Does a Plant Need? and Habitats Worksheets helps promote this type of learning.
One of your students is having a bad day. A classmate takes note of this and finds ways to make their friend laugh. This classmate shows an interpersonal intelligence and is able to read emotions around him. People with this intelligence are great motivators and encouragers. They enjoy group assignments, and often take the role of leader. Interpersonal people also benefit from center activities to learn content.
Students with this intelligence are self-reflective. Children with this intelligence analyze themselves and decide where they can improve in their lives. These students are aware of their emotions and what causes them. They often try to keep themselves away from things that upset them. They set high goals for themselves and see that these goals are reached. These students cling to their beliefs and hold them to be true.
Each child that comes into your classroom will find strength in a certain intelligence. Many children will be strong in multiple intelligences. In order to see a high success rate in learning in your classroom, it is your job to adapt to these intelligences and promote learning of all styles. Your children will find enjoyment in your classroom and will have fun learning. Be sure to comment on our Facebook page and tell us how you promote multiple learning styles in your classroom!