We arrive at school every day, greet our friends, unpack our bags and get ready for a day of new learning opportunities.
Well that’s why we come to school isn’t it?
True, but learning is not the same for everyone. In a class of 28 students there will be 28 different learners. Schools today recognise that every child has unique learning needs. Understanding the needs of each child determines how the class will function.
We have been discovering how we learn. By investigating Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, we began to understand why we seem to learn things successfully in some ways more than others. For example, some people may find it easy to learn to play basketball, but very difficult to learn to play a musical instrument.
There are several different styles of intelligences and we possess them all in varying degrees. By taking a test we were able to create a graph which helped us to understand our preferred ways of learning. We discovered that we could use this understanding to recognise and share our strengths with others in the classroom. We were surprised to find out that with practice, we could actually improve our less dominant intelligences.
If you would like to find out your preferred learning styles, click on the link below and go to ‘Take the Test’ at the top of the page. You can print off a graph to view the results.
So, although we understood more about our learning styles we wondered how we could use this knowledge to actually make our learning more effective. Our teachers asked us the question . . .
“What helps you learn?”
Watch the slideshow below to see what we came up with, and see how we are putting our ideas into practice.