I am strongly motivated as an educational professional by the desire to empower children to make meaningful connections and have true ownership of their learning with regard to the world around them. As a parent you naturally want your children to be enthusiastic, confident and fulfilled learners.

Over the course of our classes’ inquiry into uniqueness we have found it fascinating to to investigate our own and each other’s different combinations of Multiple Intelligences and unique Learning Aptitudes. I feel that as a learning facilitator it is crucial for me to provide children with the chance to develope an awareness of how people learn in different ways and that it is good for them to start thinking about their own preferred learning style. It also helps the kids to make sense of why some areas of learning come easily to them whilst others are more challenging and that we all have unique strengths. The children have also considered the fact that they are still developing and that their styles of learning may well alter as they grow.

Multiple Intelligence (MI) Theory, developed by renowned educational psychologist, Dr. Howard Gardner, MI recognizes that intelligence can come in many forms. MI outlines eight kinds of intelligence in any (one or more) of which a child may excel (see the list below).

It has been claimed by some researchers that our intelligence or ability to understand the world around us is complex. Some people are better at understanding some things than others. For some of us it is relatively easy to understand how a flower grows but it is immensely difficult for us to understand and use a musical instrument. For others music might be easy but playing football is difficult.

One of the ways that the Grade 2 students in our class investigated their own unique cominations of learning styles was by taking this Multiple Intelligence Test taken from the Birmiingham grid for learning. Why don’t you try it for yourself ?


Sources- International School Tanzania, Birmingham grid for learning.