Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
Have you ever wondered what type of learning best suits you and your students? Some people know they grasp concepts with ease when they see them demonstrated, while others know they learn better by doing. However, many students do not know how they learn best and end up struggling in the classroom because instructors are not teaching them in a way that makes sense to them. Knowing about multiple intelligences and learning styles can help you understand how you process information and help you work with your students to better meet their needs.
To get started, take this quiz and have your students complete it and then report their findings to you. This information can help you design your lessons in a way that better meets the needs of all of your students, while also empowering them with the knowledge of how they learn best. Here, eLearningIndustry.com walks us through eight different learning types and how each can impact all learners, including those who complete all or part of their schoolwork online.
Infographic by Skylar Mowery.
As you can see there are several different learning styles, all of which work best in different settings. Though it won’t be possible to satisfy the needs of every single learner with every single lesson, knowing which learning styles best fit your students allows you to take into account all of their needs as you design lessons and instruction. Maybe that means class is outside one day, instruction is over music another day, and students participate in group activities a third day. Changing up your instruction in this way can help to keep your students more engaged and actively learning, and will probably be more fun for everyone (including you!).
Quality online learning providers that offer instruction that caters to all learning styles can help you do this more easily, too. Technology can help free up time for educators, and the more time teachers and administrators have available to them, the more time they can spend personalizing instruction to better suit the needs of all of their different learner types.
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Shearer, B. (n.d.). Multiple intelligences self-assessment. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-assessment.