Goal 3 of the 30 goals challenge asks us to interview a learner about his/her learning style or habits. I decided to use the information I gathered from my 3/4 class.
My class are doing a unit that focuses on learning about how they learn. One of the activities looks at their preferred intelligence based on Howard Gardner’s approach. They completed a survey with a variety of questions based around each intelligence. Some students came out with equal results for more than one intelligence.
The results were:
Naturalist = 5 students
Mathematical-Logical = 7 students
Verbal-Linguistic = 2 students
Musical-Rhythmic = 2 students
Visual-Spatial = 7 students
Bodily-Kinesthetic = 6 students
Interpersonal = 3 students
Intrapersonal = 2 students
After we gathered the results each student had the chance to share with the class how they felt about how they had scored. Most students said they expected the results they got and they thought it really reflected how they learn and what they like to learn about. Some students were surprised. One student came out with high scores in the Intrapersonal intelligence and had no idea he would. I reflected on this and I was not actually surprised. He is a student that will often pick working by himself over working in a group and does have some difficulty in listening to other people’s point of view. This activity gave the students an opportunity to reflect on how they learn best even if it’s not what they first thought.
These results made me stop and think about how often I cater for all the intelligences. Visual-Spatial and Mathematial-Logical were the two intelligences that scored the highest in my class, probably because most of my students love art and maths. This result has made me think that when I am planning I do need to include activities and opportunities for students to express themselves visually. I do include visual tasks but I think it is good to reflect on how powerful these tasks can be and to include them more often. The results also made me aware that I need to continue making connections with mathematics in all areas of the curriculum. All of the multiple intelligences are important and it will be essential that I include opportunities for my students to experience all of the learning styles.
As part of our unit my students will be further researching the multiple intelligences and exploring their preferred learning styles as well as looking at some of the intelligences that they might like to know more about.