Do you have students in your class who can barely sit through your lecture because they are just dying to get up and get their hands on a head of hair? Chances are, that student is a bodily/kinesthetic learner.
This is the learner who dislikes sitting for too long and prefers to be able to get up and move around, usually on their own schedule. They learn best when the information is presented to them by means of a demonstration or hands-on involvement and they can connect it to real-world experiences.
This student enjoys hands-on activity. Now that doesn’t mean that we avoid lecture altogether. But we do have to find ways to break up theory with some sort of movement, and that doesn’t always mean practical hands on.
The Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence is one of Howard Gardner’s 9 Multiple Intelligences.
These are just a few teaching methods you can incorporate into your toolbox to better reach the bodily/kinesthetic student. Remember that not all students will be bodily/kinesthetic learners, so although we want to incorporate these ideas, we want to make sure that this isn’t all we are doing.
Be sure to check back for future posts to see how to reach the other learning intelligence.