Learning Styles

and Multiple Intelligences

What are learning styles?

"A learning style is an individual's unique approach to learning based on strengths, weaknesses, and preferences."


There are three main categories of learning styles: visual, auditory, and tactile.

Visual/Spacial

the "see it."

Visual/spacial people learn best by seeing. They respond well to colors, pictures, and diagrams. Visual/spacial learners are very good at visualizing, or "picturing" what they are thinking.

Ex. Drawing is very helpful for visual/spacial learners to sort out their thoughts.

Auditory/Musical

the "hear it."

Auditory/musical people learn best by hearing. They tend to have a very good ear and usually have some music playing in the background. Auditory/musical learners focus on sound, rhythm, and pitch.

Ex. Songs or rhythms are very helpful if an auditory/musical learner must memorize material for school.

Bodily/Kinesthetic

the "touch it."

Bodily/Kinesthetic people learn best when they have hands-on experience in whatever they are learning. They tend to touch everything. Bodily/kinesthetic learners look for textures and patterns in what they are learning.

Ex. Doing a lab experiment to demonstrate/reinforce what they are learning is helpful for bodily/kinesthetic learners.

Applying Learning Styles to Internship

I have seen this information used in many ways during my internship. The students' lessons are often in multiple parts. My cooperating teacher gives them a short lecture, which is good for auditory learners. She also has them complete "sorts" which are graphic organizers in which students organize their cut out vocabulary cards into. This is helpful for her visual learners. The students also have taken a few field trips which have many activities to reinforce the students' knowledge from class. This is beneficial for the kinesthetic learners.


My cooperating teacher always has very strong lesson plans and executes them so that every one of her students benefits from them. She is a great example of a teacher who wants all of her students to succeed.