Topic 1: A profiling approach to understanding students

As every person is unique according to their intellectual potential, similarly intelligences can be activated if they are given the right opportunities (Gardner, 2006; Lazear, 2003). In this sense, all students can be successful in various ways according to their pace, though some of them will improve more readily in one area than in others. Therefore, every educator needs to profile their students to plan activities and deliver lessons according to their characteristics. Moran et al. (2006) agree that such a profiling approach to instruction enables teachers to gain diagnostic information about student’s profiles which can help them organize lessons according to the classroom dynamics and identify and help students who are struggling. Therefore, the teacher’s role is to observe and identify student’s characteristics and provide a rich environment for them to interact with, to expose them across the various intelligences and uncover their areas of strengths and combinations. As students value their strengths, they will be able to manage their learning by approaching new concepts through their angles of understanding, enhancing their motivation and satisfaction.