You're Going to Need a Hard Hat to Live There
Creative Commons License photo credit: Rob Shenk

Today I sat on the train between two burly construction workers. Steel-toed boots, well-worn overalls, hard hats and big lunch kits. They both had newspapers, and the stereotypical assumption might be the sports section. Not true. One was reading the business pages, and the other was working on a crossword puzzle.

What’s significant about this story? In our classrooms, we are helping our learners to discover their own learning styles and preferences. But we run the risk of then teaching to that style, rather than helping them to discover their whole mind. I hope these two young men had teachers who recognized that. Certainly as I watched them engaged in learning this morning using their linguistic rather than bodily-kinesthetic intelligence I had to believe it was true.