Yesterday, my students completed their Multiple Intelligences Survey but we ran out of time to actually discuss the results. Today, we got to that part. One of the points I wanted them to understand was that a low score in a certain intelligence doesn't mean that they will automatically be unsuccessful in that subject. Rather, they will have to be looking for opportunities to express what they know through the other intelligences. Kids who have a low mathematical score can be successful in math class, too.
Visual-Spatial? Draw diagrams to get your point across. Build models. Use manipulatives.
Verbal-Linguistic? Have a discussion. Explain. Write sentences.
Musical? Sing a song. Tap out the math to a beat.
You get the idea.
As we wrapped up, I asked the kids if any of them discussed what we had done at home. About 1/3 said they had, and a few mentioned giving the surveys to friends or parents out of curiosity. The most interesting comment came from a girl whose mother also works in education. She said her mom is finally going to let her listen to music while she studies because it aligns with her learning style! How cool is that?!?
Have you surveyed your students to determine their learning styles and multiple intelligences? How did it go?