NextLevel Online: Children’s Ministry Training

Session 3: Teaching so Every Child can Learn

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner is introduced in Session 3. This helps to know the different ways on how to connect with children.



Classroom

Classroom Instructions

Lesson
Materials: Lesson Outline
Leader
  • Opening Activity Idea: Memorable stories

    • Provide a piece of paper and marker for each volunteer

    • Ask each volunteer to identify a story they remember from childhood.

    • Ask them to write down one line from the story on the piece of paper.

    • Have each volunteer hang up their piece of paper at the front of the room.

    • Read each line aloud and ask the remaining volunteers if they can guess what story the line is from.

    • You could award a prize to the volunteer who identifies the most stories correctly!

  • Preparation for video content or lead your volunteers in reviewing Multiple Intelligences materials (see handout)

    • Verbal: Retain information through hearing stories, reading, or writing

    • Logical: Retain information through patterns, numbers, lists, timelines

    • Visual: Retain information through pictures and images

    • Musical: Retain information through songs and rhythms

    • Physical/Tactile: Retain information through movement of their bodies or hands

    • Solitary: Retain information when given time to reflect, ponder, and consider

    • Social: Retain information through interaction with others and hearing their thoughts

  • Practice together:

    • Choose a Bible story (example: Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers)

    • Divide into small groups

    • Each group come up with 1-2 ideas for each of the multiple intelligences categories

    • Share their ideas with the rest of the group

  • Discussion:

    • Which of the multiple intelligences categories most connect with you as a learner/teacher?

    • Which of the following do you need help in finding ideas to connect with children who learn differently than you do?

  • Concluding Activity:

    • Challenge your volunteers to use a new method during their next lesson to try to connect with children who they might not easily connect with because of their learning preferences.

(Handout)

  • Introduction:

  • Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner)

    • Verbal: Retain information through hearing stories, reading, or writing

    • Logical: Retain information through patterns, numbers, lists, timelines

    • Visual: Retain information through pictures and images

    • Musical: Retain information through songs and rhythms

    • Physical/Tactile: Retain information through movement of their bodies or hands

    • Solitary: Retain information when given time to reflect, ponder, and consider

    • Social: Retain information through interaction with others and hearing their thoughts

Consider: Which of the above categories would describe your learning preferences?

Challenge: Use a new method this week to connect with children who learn differently than you do!

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