The famous Dr. Howard Gardner, an American psychologist, once said, “Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences.” In this quote, Gardner states that even though we all learn and think in some different ways it is how we learn that can be molded to guide us along the way.
For educational purposes teaching or guiding your learners has to intrinsically be a personal act. Since you would have to know them to some degree to know how they learn through one of Gardner’s multiple intelligences. Those intelligences include:
Which one of these do you fall under? I am intrapersonal.
Having the knowledge of all of your students intelligences within this model is hard enough to comprehend and even harder still to plan a lesson around it by seeking the same outcomes. The teacher would likely have to retain a general approach in order to seek the outcomes in a timely manner. Injections of special ways to introduce other intelligences in certain lessons may be beneficial to allow different pathways for learning the content. Students needs are categorized based on learning preferences in this model. This may lead to personal bias against students of say a musical background if the teacher had no musical talent whatsoever (aka me).
In my memory of school a general method of teaching was about 90% of the lessons. That being transmission-based learning with slight group work components for assignments/ projects. Of course, always a written test at least for the selection of classes I had taken.
Would you find it difficult or easy to teach in a setting that took into account differing intelligences?