Steve’s seventh-grade son came home with a list of the seven styles of learning: linguistic, logical/mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal. He’s supposed to draw pictures of science definitions, design a book dust cover for language arts and make a diorama for social studies. “Only in math does he have regular homework,” Steve writes on Kitchen Table Math.
Did you ever notice that they don’t let kids decide on and use whichever style works best for them. Everyone has to do the artwork. Everybody has to work in groups. What about the poor intrapersonal learner who is no good in art and likes to work by himself? Tough s***. What about my son, who is extremely good in music. What the heck does that mean?
Dan Willingham, a cognitive scientist at University of Virginia, says the student’s preferred learning style doesn’t matter. What counts is what modality matches the content of what the teacher is trying to teach.