Unit 1: Modalities of Learning


Learning Objective

Understanding learners perspectives on modalities

Understanding teaching perspectives on modalities

Understanding the differentiated instruction


Understanding learners perspectives on modalities

Before we begin to think about how your students learn, have you ever thought about how you learn best? Many teachers have a tendency to teach more often in the style that they learn best. Is this true for you? Take a modality assessment to find out! Choose one of the following tests. For more accuracy, complete all three.




Although Howard Gardner identifies nine modalities (musical-rhythmic and harmonic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic, existential), this mini-course will focus on four (audio, tactile, visual, kinesthetic).

What did you learn from these tests? What is your preferred method of learning? Think about four lessons that you have experienced as a student. Try to think of one successful lesson from each modality. What is a successful lesson?

(Students will survey their current classes to learn their learning style strengths and weaknesses. If they are not currently teaching a class, they can survey 5 people they know.)

Do a multiple intelligences assessment

Understanding teaching perspectives on modalities

(Students will give examples of lessons they have taught utilizing the different modalities and the what the requirements are of the teacher for each)

Use teaching channel video

Understanding the differentiated instruction

(Students will learn the benefits of differentiated instruction and how it can be implemented using online learning.)

Learning Activities


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