Part 1: Nature (what are the student’s natural talents)
All students don’t learn through the same teaching methods. It has been studied and documented that the use of a strengths-based teaching model, promotes an exciting and thriving classroom. The student’s feel valued by understanding and building on their natural talents.
There are many different types of intelligence methods for teaching and learning. The 3 most used are: verbal-linguistic intelligence (developed verbal skills & sound), visual-spatial intelligence (thinking images & pictures), and bodily-kinesthetic intelligence (control body movements & handle objects skillfully).
Programs that focus on natural talents bring out resilience, confidence, and flexibility in student’s. Which in turn promotes habits of learning for a lifetime.
Part 2: Nurture (cultivate those talents)
Teachers who cultivate a student’s natural talents is like putting Miracle Grow on a plant. The classroom becomes a safe haven allowing students to grow and rise to the challenges put before them. Teachers can nurture students by finding ways to build tasks into each lesson, which allows students to interact with the content in ways that fit their styles and natural talents.
For example: students with visual intelligence may respond to a lesson better by doing a collage compared to a student gifted with well-developed verbal skills who would prefer presenting a speech or being part of a re-enactment.
Part 3: Necessary (what the student must learn, but re-worked to fit with their strengths)
Teachers can offer 3 to 5 different ways that a student can complete their assignment, each one highlighting on a different area of intelligence. Students can learn what is necessary in different ways.
A student will most likely be excited to approach an assignment that they know; they can succeed at. A lot of times student’s feel defeated before they ever begin because they don’t connect to the task before them.
Planning lessons that will fit the strengths of your students will take more time in preparing and more time for grading, but the payoff in the success of your student’s would make it well worth the effort.