Here’s a brief overview to give you an idea of how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences breaks down. You’ll want to keep each of these learning types in mind as you create your lesson plans. You don’t want to end up teaching to a handful of students in your class. You’ll want to involve everyone, and chances are you’ll have each learning type in your classroom if you have 20 or more students.
What is a learning type?
Most educators at some point in their career have been introduced to the three learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Even First Aid or swimming teachers learn that there are three separate styles. A visual learner remembers what is seen like notes on a blackboard, posters or a demonstration. An auditory learner will remember what is heard like verbal instructions, lyrics to a song or books read in class. A kinesthetic learner will remember body movements or sensations like building a birdhouse, kicking a soccer ball or making a model of the solar system. Instructors are taught that each person falls into only one category and to reach all learners, you must teach all three styles. This is only partially true.
There are different types of learners that use different methods to learn. Finding out which learner you are and how you learn is an important task to achieve. With society changing rapidly the need for a solid education and excellent communication skills are important. You might have wondered how a person in your class can never take notes or wondered why a person took so many notes or maybe even wondered why you had the person in your class who asked too many questions. Understanding learning patterns will help you.