Reflecting on Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, I feel I embody linguistic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and intrapersonal intelligence. Linguistically, I think, learn, and express myself best with words. I love to read and write. I am always journaling. I am a visual learner, and I retain information through reading and taking notes. Interpersonally, I am capable of understanding, communicating, and interacting with others. I have a sense for being aware of someone’s moods and feelings, with the ability to react to them with empathy. I am sensitive in my parenting style, and I have always been appointed to leadership roles in work and among groups because of my organizational skills, and my ability to get things done efficiently. Intrapersonally, I am fully aware of my inner feelings and who I am. I typically do not make the same mistake twice. I am a well disciplined and motivated person. I am good at getting a feel for things, people, and my environments. My intuition has rarely led me astray. I am good at planning things out, and I prefer to work alone.
Intelligence and learning style are similar in that they are both addressing something being taught. The difference between the two is that a person’s learning style is the way they prefer to learn, whereas the multiple intelligence theory focuses on the differences in the process of learning based on a person’s intelligence factors.
My learning style of Sequence 32, Precision 34, Technical 9, and Confluent 23, and my intelligence types have benefited me in my development by allowing me to overcome such poverty and repeated behaviors among my family. I have always had a strong desire to learn and grow, to help others, and I have always excelled into leadership positions as a result, even without a degree in my earlier years. My determination and motivation, and my efficiently organized work ethics have helped me to meet goals in my life as an adult, personally and professionally. I would also say my learning style and intelligence types have helped me overcome my internal self talk of not believing in myself from being so abused and humiliated as a developing child.
Upon taking the learning style quiz, my results revealed that I am 92 percent linguistic, 81 percent intrapersonal, 88 percent interpersonal, 19 percent musical, and 67 percent naturalistic. I knew I would be accurate on the three I talked about above, but I would not have guessed to score so high naturalistically or musically. I do like to work in the yard planting flowers, and I love to be in the mountainous outdoors. Musically, I have always wanted to learn to play the piano, and when I write, I love to have meaningful music playing which helps me get more in touch with my feelings.
The awareness of my learning style and intelligence types have provided me with information that will allow me to be more of an intentional learner, and to the best of my ability for what works for me, resulting in more productive outcomes with my school work and in my personal life.
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