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Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

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I am wondering if any one knows of resources available to determine the learning styles and multiple intelligences of my students? This has been a goal of mine since I started teaching four years ago and would like to start implementing it in my teaching. Unfortunately whenever I Google these topics I get not-so-great information and resources. Thank you, Garrick

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mindie flamholz's picture

In my role as a teacher, tutor, and trainer, I started a program on Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences, The Brain, and Learning Strategies designed to increase self-awareness, self-concept, and self-esteem in students. At the recommendation of university educators, parents, and teachers, I am in the process of copyrighting the materials and piloting the program. I'd love to talk with you about it. Originally the program was designed for students with dyslexia. I have since run it with students in both private and inner city public schools and with parents and to train teachers about the ways they and their students learn. The more I learn about the brain, the more I've engaged in conversations with students, parents, and other educators, the more I realize how beneficial the program can be. I'm an educator, who, like all of you, believes in the gifts students bring to their education. I strive to help them realize the importance of the gifts/strengths in each of them.

Penny Jadwin's picture

Good morning Garrick,

I work for a Performance Learning Systems, we have a wonderful learning styles profile that will provide you with the data on your students sensory styles, organization and perceptual styles, and temperment style. If you email me at, I will be glad to give you a free educator and student profile so you can see if our profile would meet your needs. Also feel free to check out our website at On the bottom of the home page you will find a link to more information on learning styles. I look forward to hearing from you.

Penny Jadwin
Director of Teaching and Learning
Performance Learning Systems

Penny Jadwin's picture

Garrick, Learning styles is an excellent tool for getting to know your students and allow you to provide different opportunities for students to not only use their strengths as indicated by a learning style profile but allow them to understand how they can identify strategies that will help them succeed in any classroom. I would love to share with you our learning styles profile for Educators and Students. Please email me at and I will send you a free online profile for you as well as a set of 10 student profiles. You may also want to check out our webpage at and click on the link for learning styles at the bottom of the home page. Please email me at if you are interested in trying out our Kaleidoscope Learning Styles Profiles. I look forward to hearing from you.

Penny Jadwin
Director of Teaching and Learning
Performance Learning Systems

m bentley's picture

Silver, H. F., Strong, R.W., & Perini, M.J. (2000). So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences. ...

Kurt Wootton's picture
Kurt Wootton
Habla: The Center for Language and Culture

I like to look at students learning styles in authentic situations. Therefore I generally stay away from surveys or guides that supposedly assess different intelligences. Usually this are evaluations that are text based which generally misses the point of thinking and creating with different parts of our selves. In my class we might have the students read a complex story like Icarus and Daedalus from Ovid's Metamorphoses. We then ask students to reinterpret the text through different artistic mediums. At first students will naturally gravitate to the mediums they are most comfortable in, and therefore naturally reveal their own learning preferences. We then mix them all up and ask them to create with a different medium. Over time, we're able to evaluate holistically evaluate the students' learning styles. I wrote more about this in one of our classrooms here:

Cathy Mosier's picture
this site has info on visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners... it might help...
I teach Kindergarten and it is important to identify children who lean toward one mode of learning over another...
Have you determined eye dominance?? That is a fun activity... have students make a triangle with thumb and forefinger of both hands now with hands at arms length they look at you. You will see their dominant eye through the triangle.

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Gess Healey
Second Grade Teacher Public School

Hi, I have signs with pictues indicating each intelligence. Begin the exploratory practice with a discussion on: "How are you smart?" I plan to create stations that allow students to engage in activities that are predominately geared toward one of the intelligences (although activities overlap). Small groups can spend time (20 min or so, at first)at each station. Afterwards allow students to reflect in journals and have a large group discussion about where they were most engaged, interested, etc. I have a list on the back of each sign so I know what resources to use. Don't overdo it all at once---just one or two activities per station. That way, next time you'll have new activities for them to explore.

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