Often in a classroom, you will observe different kinds of learners with different kinds of learning styles. Based on the book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner, he suggests that people have different kinds of intelligences. Looking at our students, some are verbal-linguistics or good in language, visual learners or good in understanding when they see things, kinesthetic learners or good in physical activities, interpersonal learners or good at social skills, and the intrapersonal learners or self-smart and prefers being quiet or observant in the classroom.
Combining these types of learners and categorizing them into two groups, we will see a classroom full of students who are either the Active Participants or the Silent Workers. The first group is so much fun to be with especially during kinesthetic and performance-based tasks. The latter group is a great ensemble of minds who can focus during lectures, hand-craft projects, and summative or standardized tests. Both groups have their contribution of bringing the classroom alive and meaningful. A heterogeneous class can either be so active or so quiet depending on their activities and the only way to bring out the best of both worlds is to curate activities that cater to the needs of these learners. Either you belong to the Active Participants’ Group or the Silent Workers’ Group, there is so much in you that can bring laughter, contribution, and even petty arguments that makes school so memorable.
You play an important part in the classroom. Which group do you belong to? What kind of learner are you?
-Michael Jake Arcilla
Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. New York: Basic Books.