What is your strongest area of intelligence according to Gardner? According to good old Wikipedia, Gardner proposed a theory of multiple intelligences that basically break down how we learn and how we learn differently from one another. After taking this quiz, I found that I primarily fall under the musical intelligence category – that is, I learn best aurally. Many students with special needs, however, fall into the kinesthetic category. I was surprised to see that, according to the quiz, kinesthetic intelligence is one of my weaker areas. So, I started to look at how this relates to my own teaching.
I found a great kinesthetic approach right in my classroom closet that my kids love and I want to share it with you! This is our classroom set of exercise dice. The kids take turns rolling the dice, identifying the number, reading the exercise, and then counting out loud as they complete the exercise. We practice number identification, phonics, and counting while getting up, moving, increasing our heart rate, and building gross motor skills. The kids love this game and have no idea how much they are getting out of it. And, I know how much more they are benefitting simply from the kinesthetic approach.
What do you do to address kinesthetic learning in your classroom? Do your students primarily learn from one of the other areas of intelligence? How do you meet their needs as learners?