Based on Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, we know students are smart in many ways. I have one daughter who is word smart and one daughter who is people smart. They couldn't be more different as learners. And in the classroom setting, it is important that we as teachers recognize and meet the needs of the unique and varied learning styles represented by our students.
On the first day of school, my students completed a monster glyph to display their learning styles.
You might notice that I have a lot of blue monsters! Students selected the color of their monster based on their tendency when learning new and difficult concepts. If they tend to jump in and contribute ideas, their monster would be blue. If they tend to sit back and listen first, their monster would be orange. Quite the visual reminder for me as the teacher, huh?!?
Detailed instructions for this Make-a-Monster Glyph Activity are available in my TpT store as a priced prodcut.
So how do you get to know your students and their unique learning styles at the beginning of the year? Leave a comment to share your "go to" activity!
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