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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Four Methods To Determine a Student’s Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence Preferences

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly, our mentees should know about the theory of Learning Styles of Rita and Kenneth Dunn and the theory of Multiple Intelligences of Howard Gardner.

Below you will find four methods that a teacher can utilize to determine a student’s learning styles and multiple intelligences preferences.

Four Methods To Determine a Student’s Learning Styles

and Multiple Intelligence (MI) Preferences

1. Teacher Observation: When teaching a complex lesson or unit the teacher notices, and records which students respond best to visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile stimuli. The teacher also records the names of students who especially enjoy doing verbal, mathematical, musical, and artistic activities.

2. Student Interview: The teacher asks students to describe their learning preferences. You may find that many of your students already know that they like hands-on, drawing, reading, writing, music, or problem-solving activities.

3. Parent Interview: Many parents and guardians welcome the opportunity to meet you, the teacher, and discuss the special needs of their children. These meetings serve many purposes, not only to learn about a child’s learning differences and preferences, but also provide a way to enhance parent-teacher communication.

4. Assessments: Assessments are measures to determine what a student knows. As teachers we can create simple assessments to measure a student’s learning style and multiple intelligences preferences.

On the next post we will share four sample learning style assessment questions.

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