Voices of Diversity

Chapter Four: Learning Styles

By: Jessica Morris

Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner

  • Linguistic
  • Logical/Mathematic
  • Musical
  • Bodily/Kinesthetic
  • Spatial
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalist
  • Spiritual/Existential
  • Moral


"Understanding one's own learning style, teaching style, and types of intelligence is the first step to designing more varied lessons. Understanding our students' diversity in learning styles will help us to think more broadly about out curriculum and how it is transmitted in our class, our school, and our communities."

Narrative 6: Doing School Her Own Way

Q. 5: The author states, "When your teacher thinks you're unusual, or reacts differently to you than to other children, the other students pick up these cues." Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What role do the teacher's interactions with students play in each student's social life in school?

A: Yes, I agree with this statement. Sometimes it's tough, but teachers have to include every student in the classroom community. When students are outcasted, especially by the teacher, it changes the dynamics of the classroom and can set this student up for failure. This can cause issues in the student's social life, as well. Students may change their attitudes and beliefs about the student based on just one observation made of a particular teacher and student interaction.

Citation: Langer de Ramirez, Lori. (2006). Voices of Diversity. Uppersaddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education.