Before you label a child as lazy or a slow learner, make sure that you’ve exhausted all possible options and methods to teach them. There are eight types of learning according to Dr. Howard Gardner. (You can read a more detailed explanation here.)
In summary though, the theory of Multiple Intelligences suggests that individual students learn differently, based on the eight known ways the brain can process information.
Here’s a quick rundown of these intelligences:
Linguistic Intelligence is a strong inclination or skill for language and words; having the ability to comprehend language is the primary focus of early schooling.
Logical-Mathematical Intelligence is a high aptitude for math and logical reasoning; a great capability to understand patterns and numbers and their combinations is also foundational for primary education.
Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence means those who are highly skilled with things concerning the body and it movements, as well as motions in general.
Visual-Spatial Intelligence is the forte for visualization of things such as projects, images, etc., and the ability to execute them accordingly.
Musical Intelligence is the capacity to interpret, create, and apply rhythm, dynamics, and tone; being able to “think in music”. A person with this intelligence learns and understands better if music is incorporated in the lessons.
Interpersonal Intelligence is the ability to communicate efficiently and comfortably with others. A person with this intelligence uses interpersonal communication to acquire knowledge through experiences and relationships with other people.
Intrapersonal Intelligence is having an acute knowledge and understanding of the self and the self’s capabilities. This strong sense of self-awareness enables them to motivate themselves to accomplish higher and better things.
Naturalistic Intelligence courses learning through nature and the natural world. A person with this intelligence learns better when he or she spends time with things found in a natural environment.
Tailoring your lessons according to multiple intelligences will help you apply different methods to better teach your students. This will make your class livelier and give it an atmosphere of learning flexibility. For tips on helping your students maximize their learning, go to PhilLife.