It is finally here! Facts 9 & 10! I saved these 2 for last because of the influence they have on our students learning and understanding. If you haven’t had a chance to read about Facts #1-8 check out these posts. Part 1 and Part 2.
Fact #9: What do you think of when I say “Eye Movements”? Is it the dreaded eye roll or the blank stare after you finished reading the directions for the 18th time? Well, these are not the “Eye Movements” I am talking about, we already know what those mean. Have you ever noticed during tests or discussions your students eyes move to the left or right, or up and down? These “Eye Movements” are used to unconsciously retrieve information and store memories.
There are 6 different eye positions that you have probably seen in your classroom. This pattern is true for about 95% of people and you may notice that your left-handed students are reversed.
Up – Visual learners often times look up during lessons.
- Up and to the Left – Visual Recall
- Up and to the Right – Visual Imagination
Left/Right – Auditory learners are often observed looking around the room during lessons.
- Left – Auditory Recall
- Right – Auditory Imagination
- Down and to the Left – Self-talk
- Down and to the Right – Movements
So, next time your watching your students work take a look at their eyes.
Fact #10: Now this is my favorite brain fact! Did you know that there are many different ways students learn? And just because a student isn’t number or word smart doesn’t mean they can’t be smart in other ways? (I know you are a teacher! Of course you knew this!) Well, you can thank Howard Gardner for arguing that people are intelligent in different ways, in fact, he came up with 9 different intelligences that all humans have to a lesser or greater extent.
- Linguistic Intelligence – This is the ability to use spoken and written language effectively. (Lawyer, Editor, Poet, Writer, TV/Radio Presenter)
- Logical-Mathematical Intelligence – This is the ability to analyze problems, detect patterns, and effectively perform mathematical calculations. (Banker, Scientists, Accountants, Engineers, Analysts)
- Musical Intelligence – This is the ability to perform, compose, and understand musical patterns. (Composers, DJs, Entertainers, Singers, Acoustic Engineers)
- Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence – This is the ability to use the body for expression. (Athletes, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Biologists)
- Spatial Intelligence – This is the ability to interpret, create, and understand images and patterns in 3 dimensions. (Architects, Artists, Engineers, Inventors, Photographers)
- Interpersonal Intelligence – This is the ability to understand the relationships between people and situations, intentions, motivations, and desires. (Educators, Counselors, Psychologists, Mediators, Advertising Professionals)
- Intrapersonal Intelligence – This is the ability to understand yourself and your relations to others and the world. (Actors, Writers, Wellness Counselor)
- Naturalist Intelligence – This is the ability to understand our relationship with the natural world. (Biologists, Astronomers, Zoologists)
- Existential Intelligence – This is the capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why do we die, and how did we get here. (Philosophers, Theologians, Life Coaches)
If you want to know what “Intelligences” you possess I have added a couple of links to some quizzes to help you out!
This one is 40 questions. Type in this code: hr7q9rzl70906w on the results page to see mine.