Instructor Manual: Learning Style and Intelligence

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Learning Style


The PEPS Learning Style Inventory


The comprehensive Productivity Environmental Preferences (PEPS) Learning Style Inventory produced by Dunn, Dunn & Price helps students to identify the optimum conditions for learning, achievement and creativity.  It helps students understand twenty different factors that influence their productivity and learning.  It is integrated into the Web edition and available to users of the print edition by using the access code on the inside of the front cover of the text.  Click this link for a handout, Understanding the PEPS Learning Style Inventory.


Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic and Tactile Learning Strategies

Once students have taken the learning style inventory, they can explore over 50 learning strategies that match their audio, visual, kinesthetic and tactile learning preferences with the Learning Strategies handout.     

Learning Style Memory Exercise


This hands-one activity involves students in learning and helps them to think about their learning style.  It is a great way to introduce the idea of learning style.  To begin, briefly introduce the concepts of visual, auditory and kinesthetic/tactile learning. 


Bring 15 items to class.  Choose items that can be seen, heard and touched.  Here are some items that I have used: a yellow Frisbee, an orange tennis ball, a sea shell, a set of chimes, a tin cup, a stick, a set of Spanish castanets, a blue ceramic dragon, a ping pong ball, a football, a toy helicopter, a squirt gun, a toy spaceship, a light switch and a rock.  Place all of these items in a box.  Bring each item out of the box and pass it around in the class.  Students will have the opportunity to look at each item, feel it and hear it.  Ask them to pass the items quickly.   Tell students that they will be asked to remember each of the items at the end of the exercise. 


When all of the items have been passed around and returned to the box, have students see if they can recall all of the items and write them down on a sheet of paper.  To check the written lists, bring the items out of the box again and set them on a table or desk.   Then discuss the results:


What did you forget and why?

How did you remember the items?

Did it help you to remember the items if you could touch them?  See them?  Hear them?

How many of you think you are kinesthetic/tactile learners?  Auditory learners? Visual learners?

Was it more difficult to remember unfamiliar items such as the Spanish castanets?

How does your culture influence the items you remember?


Interesting discussion about learning styles is generated by the above exercise.   Many students realize that they are kinesthetic/tactile learners and can apply learning techniques related to this style, such as taking notes.   Here is a creative example of how one student with a visual style remembered the items.  She made up a story as follows:


We were on a camping trip.  We ate beans in a cup stirred by a paint stick.  We played Frisbee while my brother juggled a tennis ball, football, and a ping-pong ball.  My husband, the musician, played with the castanets and chimes.  A blue dragon flew by and then a space ship.  We threw a rock at the aliens and then squirted them with the water gun.  They had spiked heads like the sea shell.  We were rescued by the marines in the helicopter.  Then I flipped the light switch and realized it was all a dream. 


The Paper Airplane Exercise


For this exercise, students begin with three sheets of paper.  For the first attempt at making the paper airplane, verbal directions are read to the student.  For the second attempt, visual and written directions are given.  For the third attempt, the instructor demonstrates each step while the students fold their paper airplanes.   Then students can fly the planes.  Discussion follows about auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning styles and how this might be applied to learning in college.  For detailed instructions on doing this exercise and folding the paper airplane, click on Paper Airplane Learning Demo


Learning Style Group Activity: Learning Style Applications


Divide students into groups and assign these discussion questions.  Appoint a reporter in each group to summarize the group discussions for the entire class. 


1.    You have just been assigned a 10 page term paper. 

2.    You have to study for a challenging math test.

3.    You have to write up a lab report for a biology class.  It included drawings of a frog you have 

4.    You are taking a required course for your major and it is taught by only one professor.  You
dislike this professor. 

5.    You are taking a business class and have been assigned a group project to design a small
business.  It is worth 50% of your grade.  (Have your presentation appeal to all learning styles).

6.    You have signed up for an economics course and find it difficult to stay awake during the

7.     You signed up for a philosophy course to meet a humanities requirement.  The vocabulary in this
course is unfamiliar. 

8.    As part of the final exam, you have to prepare a five minute presentation for your art history

Click on Learning Style Applications to view this assignment.                        .


Learning Style Demonstration


The instructor demonstrates these actions while having students watch and participate:  Hold out your right arm.  Make a 90 degree angle with your arm.  Touch your thumb and forefinger.  Put your fingers on your chin.  The instructor puts his or her fingers on their cheeks.  The result is pretty funny.  Visual students do what the instructor does.  Auditory students do as they hear.  Some are confused. 


Learning Style Activity: Yell, Look or Run!
If you were in a theater and smelled smoke, what would you do first?  Your actions might be a clue to your learning style.  The Learning Style Activity handout has directions for this exercise. 

Learning Style Quiz


Introduce the topic of visual, auditory and kinesthetic/tactile learning styles and then have your students complete the Learning Style Quiz located at the end of the chapter in the printed text.  For the online text, click the Learning Style Quiz to view this file.       


Brainstorm: Learning Techniques


After completing the Learning Style Quiz, divide students into four groups according to their preferences:





            Combination Types 


Have each group brainstorm learning techniques for each of these styles and write them on the board.  Discuss these ideas with the class.  As a follow-up to this exercise, use the Learning Strategies Handout


Group Activity: Ideal Teacher


Explain that we often look at groups of personality traits to get a different look at personality types.  We often use these groups: SJ, SP, NT and NF.  Write your personality type on the board and circle the S or N, T or F, J or P.  Ask students to look at their personality type and see which group matches their type.  You may want to review characteristics of each type.


Divide students into groups of SJ, SP, NT, and NF.  Ask each group to discuss the characteristics of their ideal or favorite teacher and write seven adjectives to describe this teacher.  Ask for a volunteer in each group to write the adjectives on the board.  There are some adjectives that appear on all lists and seem to apply to all good teachers.  However, each group generally comes up with adjectives that reflect their particular learning style.  Here are some examples of common adjectives for each group:


SJ Ideal Teacher      SP Ideal Teacher     NF Ideal Teacher     NT Ideal Teacher


Responsible             Unpredictable           Open                         Logical thinker

In control                   Fun!                           Outgoing                   Expert

Organized                 Sense of humor        Honest                      Fair

Prepared                   Interesting                 Personal                   Clear

Precise                     On the go                  Enabler                     Freedom

Dependable              Laid-back                 Creative                    Respect

Practical                    Entertaining              Calm                          Praises ingenuity

Dedicated                 Flexible                     Empathic                   Ingenious

Experienced             Variety                       Role Model               Inventive

Take charge             Patient


To the point


This list is available in the Power Point presentation that accompanies this chapter.  Project the above list on the board and compare it to the student answers to see if there are similar words.  There usually are many similarities.


Discuss this question with the class, “What if your learning style and personality are different from the teacher’s personality and teaching style?”  There is generally a mismatch between the personalities of college teachers and students.  College teachers tend to be Introverted, Intuitive and Judging.  College students tend to be Extraverted, Sensing and Perceptive.  Perceptive students are often at risk for dropping out of college because they do not get their assignments turned in on time.  Generate a list of coping strategies (adjust, appreciate, tolerate, understand, notice your mental picture and let it go, adapt, communicate, change teachers).   It is fun to discuss how you can “psych out the teacher” by trying to understand their personality and expectations. 


Group Activity: Adapting to Different Teaching Styles


Have small groups discuss the question, “What do teachers do that you don’t like?”  Then have students suggest ways to overcome these problems. 


Learning Style Free Writing


To summarize class activities on learning style, here are some questions for a free writing session:


·         Describe your learning style.

·         How does your personality affect your learning style?

·         How does learning style affect career choice?  For example, if you are a judging type
who is good at details and organization, what career would match this type?


Multiple Intelligences

The MI Advantage Multiple Intelligences Assessment

The MI Advantage is included in the CollegeScope Student Success Program.  This assessment takes approximately 15 minutes.  Here are the directions for administering the MI Advantage:

  • The purpose of this assessment is to identify your personal strengths and matching majors.
  • Answer the questions honestly.
  • Avoid answering with what you think you should say or what you want to be true.
  • Take the assessment when you are well rested and have time to complete it.
  • There are no right or wrong or good or bad answers.  Each person has a unique intelligence profile.
  • Answer with what comes to mind first; do not overanalyze your answers.

Multiple Intelligences Matching Quiz

Use this Multiple Intelligences Matching Quiz to review brief definitions of the different intelligences and match famous people with the different intelligences.  The second part of the quiz challenges students to give examples of famous persons with the different intelligences.  The second part of the quiz could be used as a group activity.  As a variation, set a time limit and give a prize to the group with the most examples.  At least one example from each category is required.  Note that the Existential category (Gardner's newest category) is not included in the printed textbook, but is included in CollegeScope, the MI Advantage and this exercise. 

Quiz Answers: E. Michael Jordan, bodily kinesthetic; I. Aristotle, existential; B. Martin Luther King, Jr, interpersonal; G. Sigmund Freud, intrapersonal; F. William Shakespeare, linguistic; C. Albert Einstein, mathematical; A. William James (""), musical; H. Charles Darwin, naturalist; D. George Lucas, spatial.

Multiple Intelligences Scenarios

The Multiple Intelligences Scenarios can be used to help students understand that multiple intelligences can be improved if they are important.  Both linguistic and mathematical intelligences are important for college success.  This exercise includes scenarios in both of these areas and challenges students to make suggestions on how to improve them.  Use this exercise for small group discussion. 

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Style

Use the handout, Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences, to help students identify additional learning strategies based on their multiple intelligences. 

Crystallizers and Paralyzers


Each individual’s life history contains crystallizers that promote the development of intelligences.  Have students look at their highest scores on the multiple intelligences activity and write down at least two crystallizers they experienced that may have helped you to develop these intelligences.  For example, they may have been praised for your athletic skills and developed bodily kinesthetic intelligence. 


Each individual’s life history also contains paralyzers that inhibit the development of intelligences.  Have students look at their lowest scores on the multiple intelligences activity and write down two paralyzers that may have discouraged them from developing this intelligence.  For example, you may have been corrected many times on your piano lessons and gave up learning the piano.  Summarize this activity by having students write a discovery statement.  A classroom handout is available for this activity at the end of the chapter in the printed text.  For the online text, click on Crystallizers and Paralyzers to view this file. 


Multiple Intelligence and IQ

This exercise can help your students understand the difference between IQ and Multiple Intelligences (MI).  Have each student pick a number from 1-100 out of a hat.  Then have students group themselves by ranges as in an IQ scale.  If you have a small group, make the numbers 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90 and 91-100.  Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of number system.  Discuss the concept of individuality and how no two students are alike as suggested by traditional IQ tests.  As a follow-up, have the students complete the MI Advantage.  Put each MI on a index card and arrange them from strongest to weakest.  They can return to their original number groups and share their MI results.  They will find much variety in each group. 

Other Multiple Intelligence Quizzes

The quiz, "What Do You Know about Multiple Intelligences?" can be used to introduce this topic.  It mentions famous people and challenges students to identify their primary intelligence.  Here are the answers to the quiz: 1. bodily-kinesthetic, 2. Naturalist, 3. Spatial, 4. Logical-mathematical, 5. Inter-personal, 6. Musical, 7. Intra-personal, 8. Linguistic

Here is another Multiple Intelligence Quiz to help student identify their multiple intelligences.  To summarize the results, it has a multiple intelligence grid that students can use to record their multiple intelligences.  You can draw this grid on the board and ask students to identify their multiple intelligences.  Put their responses on the grid.  Using this grid, you can identify the predominant multiple intelligences in your class. 

Multiple Intelligence CD Rom

Howard Gardner came up with his theory of multiple intelligences by observing famous people who have contributed to society.  Show a video or CD-ROM that gives examples of these famous people.  This is a good way to begin the discussion of the value of diversity, since these examples generally represent many different cultures, ages and sexes.


Videos on multiple intelligences and a CD- ROM (Exploring Our Multiple Intelligences) are available from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, 800-933-2723 or 703-549-9110.


Faculty or students can find information on multiple intelligences on the Internet by typing in the name of Howard Gardner.



Teach with Multiple Intelligences in Mind


As you are thinking of different ways to present materials appealing to many different learning styles, consider how you can appeal to multiple intelligences.  For example, use music in the classroom and find ways to involve bodily-kinesthetic types in learning.  The following is an excellent book on multiple intelligences in the classroom:


Thomas Armstrong, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, 1994, available from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, 800-933-2723. Excerpts from this book are available on the CD-ROM described above, Exploring our Multiple Intelligences.



Create Your Success

The Create Your Success exercise helps students accept responsibility for their actions, whether positive or negative.  It is located at the end of the chapter in the printed text.  Collect this exercise and read the best ones to the class.  Maintain confidentiality by reading the examples without identifying the students’ names. 

Junkyard Genius of the Navajo Nation

As a beginning point for the discussion of "I Create It All," the Keys to Success in this chapter, have students read the article, "Junkyard Genius of the Navajo Nation."  It is an inspirational story about  Garrett Yazzie who made a solar powered heater using an old radiator and soda cans to heat his home on the Navajo reservation. 


For Online Classes:

Online Discussion Question


Comment on at least 2 of the following situations using what you know about learning style. 


1.   You have just been assigned a 10 page term paper. 

2.   You have to study for a challenging math test.

3.   You have to write up a lab report for a biology class.  It included drawings of a frog you have dissected. 

4.   You are taking a required course for your major and it is taught by only one professor.  You dislike this professor. 

5.   You are taking a business class and have been assigned a group project to design a small business.  It is worth 50% of your grade. 

6.   You have signed up for an economics course and find it difficult to stay awake during the lecture. 

7.   You signed up for a philosophy course to meet a humanities requirement.  The vocabulary in this course is unfamiliar. 

8.   As part of the final exam, you have to prepare a five minute presentation for your art history class. 

Alternate Discussion Board Question:

Please view the Video Clips, "No Arms" and Junkyard Genius of the Navajo Nation in the course schedule for this week and read the "Create Your Success" section at the end of chapter 3 before sharing your comments with your group. 

Any comments on the video clips?  Have you been unhappy about anything that has happened to you recently?  Think about the last several weeks and describe some problem you have faced.  If you cannot think of a problem, describe something that is a success in your life.  Share only what you feel comfortable sharing with your group. 

Here is the challenging part of the question.  It requires honesty and courage to answer it.  Whether you described a problem or a success, how did you create the situation?  If you did not create the situation, how did you choose to respond to it?  This is a tough question, but in answering it you will gain power to create your success.  Read other student's comments and press the reply button to add your comments. 

To get the discussion, I will describe both a problem and a success.  One of my problems is that I am having a dispute with a contractor over construction defects on my deck and gazebo.  How did I create this situation?  I should have spent more time shopping around and should have checked references for this contractor instead of believing his sales pitch.  Now I am pursuing a complaint with the Contractor's State Licensing Board to get my problem resolved.  This is a lot of work. 

I will also describe a success.  My printed textbook and CollegeScope are now being used by colleges across the country.  I created this success by working really hard on writing the materials and revising them.  I also started the project with confidence in my ability to be successful. 

(It is a good idea to start this discussion by sharing one of your problems or successes and how you gained insight by asking yourself how you created it or how you chose to respond to it.) 


Click on Video Clips to view the videos available for use in the classroom or online.