Multiple Intelligences: multisensory teaching and learning

The multisensory teaching approach that targets several learning preferences and intelligences is the most effective, because it reduces a learner’s dependence on the written word and gives students more ways to identify and absorb the point of the lesson.

The Multiple Intelligence theory suggests that no one set of teaching strategies will work best for all pupils at all times. By identifying what students’ multiple intelligences are, and their learning preferences (Visual, Auditory or Kinasethetic: VAK), teachers are able to plan exciting lessons, personalise learning and differentiate to pupils’ strengths, which makes learning much more memorable.

The table below briefly outlines students’ Multiple Intelligences:

  1. Linguistic Intelligence: Enjoys words; speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  2. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence: Good at numbers, Maths and logic.
  3. Spatial Intelligence:  Prefers using pictures, drawings and other visual aids including the use of colour or art.
  4. Musical Intelligence: Learns well through music, sound rhythm or rap.
  5. Bodily-Kinaesthetic Intelligence: Enjoys hands-on experiments, moving the physical body, as in sports, role playing, game playing and field trips.
  6. Interpersonal Intelligence: Interacts well in teams or pairs for cooperative learning, or interacts well with a mentor to guide his/her learning process.
  7. Intrapersonal Intelligence:  Identifies well with his/her personal feelings or memories or enjoys periods of quiet reflection.
  8. Naturalist Intelligence: Enjoys examples from nature or the outside world to illustrate a point.
  9. Existential Intelligence: Is sensitive to or has the capacity to tackle deeper or larger questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why are we born, how did we get here, why do we die or what is consciousness?

Teaching to Multiple Intelligences aids classroom management, too!

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