Is your student word-smart?
Whether or not your student’s verbal-linguistic intelligence is particularly strong, it’s important for him or her to exercise this intelligence—along with other types—when he or she is learning.
Howard Gardner, who developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences, explained in Howard Gardner speech that “important ideas, topics, theories and skills ought to be taught in more than one way, indeed in several ways—and these several ways should activate the multiple intelligences.” In other words, multiple intelligences aren’t learning styles but faculties that students use when they approach new subjects. Those who have strong verbal-linguistic intelligences can learn a concept more easily if the learning method targets this intelligence, while the same method can offer verbal-linguistic practice to those who aren’t as word-smart.
Below is a breakdown of verbal-linguistic intelligence and tips for how you can “activate” it more during the virtual school day.
Students with verbal-linguistic intelligence are usually great at:
Often, these students have a broad vocabulary, enjoy word games, and take pride in owning books.
Some of the clubs that exercise verbal-linguistic intelligence include:
- Book Club
- Debate Club
- Digital Storytelling Club
- Pen Pal Club
- Poetry Club
- Student Literary Magazine
- Student Newspaper
- Theater Arts Club
An example of an activity that targets verbal-linguistic intelligence is:
Writing a poem. On its own, poetry writing helps students build their vocabularies, practice their rhyming skills, and understand a unique literary form. But if you want to help ...