Multiple Intelligence Instructional Strategies

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Wise teachers never underestimate the value of multiple intelligence instructional strategies. These teachers understand that children (and adults, for that matter) possess natural gifts of all kinds and therefore don't attempt to impose a single method of learning on any group. Do teachers ever make tasks harder for their pupils? The answer is, all the time.

Most schools follow regimented teaching programs that consist of presenting the material, enforcing it through drills, then testing students' aptitude with written exams and quizzes. The problem is, not all students learn best in this manner, and many are poor test-takers. They are, of course, by no means any less intelligent based on such limited criteria.

The Advantage of Multiple Intelligence Instructional Strategies

Once a teacher understands that are there eight different qualities of intelligence--at least according to multiple intelligence theory--he or she can begin to design exercises and lessons accordingly. That teacher may choose to use movies, tapes, TV shows, and cartoons to appeal to spatial learners, who best retain information when it's depicted graphically. Those same media may also resonate with musical learners if there are accompanying scores, soundtracks, or sound effects as well.

Another teacher may abandon traditional testing altogether and opt instead to have children work interactively. He or she could then test students on their ability to achieve common goals or help each other resolve conflicts. These sorts of interpersonal intelligence strengths can give youngsters the skills they need not only to get hired in workplaces (which are normally social environments), but to get along in the world as well.


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