Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences has long been used in education to decipher student's personality. This is a boon to teachers who need to figure out who there students really are. Imagine the situation you are placed in as an educator. You have dozens of students in a class and no idea what their skills and interests are. What better way to start the first day of school then by giving a personality test?
This technique can foster a community of free thinkers in the classroom and be beneficial for education. It is also a way to educate yourself even if you are not an instructor.
Personality tests have been used forever to judge students just like IQ tests, but I would recommend using a personality test to judge yourself, or your students if you happen to be an educator. So what is the Howard Gardner test?
It is one of the most widely known and used tests and is frequently updated. Yes, new intelligences are added to the test and have been over the past two decades since it was introduced in the eighties. The test asks you a series of questions and at the end of the test you are scored based on your answers. These answers will determine what type of personality you are. Here are the categories and after reading this you may have an idea about what type of personality you are, but if you still don't then check out the references. There will be a link to the actual test in the references. The categories include: musical, visual, verbal, mathematical, bodily, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic, existential.
I hope that you understand Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences now. This article has provided you with a brief synopsis of Gardner's main intelligence types. After reading this you may have abasic understanding of what type of learner you are or if you are an educator hopefully you want to incorporate this into your classroom. Check out the link at the bottom of the personal experience section to see what type of personality you are. Don't worry it is free!
As a educator I can tell you the benefits of using Gardner's personality test in your classroom. It is important to start building your classroom community and your students will reward you if you structure lessons to their interests. If you can identify who is what kind of learner it will greatly help you out.
I have a massive black board in my classroom with each student's personality on a sticky note stuck under the respected personality type. Additionally, I try to structure weekly lessons that target their personalities. This has helped me build an amazing classroom where the students feel respected and actually enjoy it when their personality type is targeted for the weekly lesson.
Good luck and if you are not an educator you should still try and take the test. It is always cool to figure out what type of personality you are. Check this link out to see your personality test.
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