B is for Bodily-Physical

B is for... Bodily-physical

B is for... Bodily-physical is the second blog in our Brain friendly top tips series.  So, what on earth do we mean by that?

For those of you who are familiar with the work of Howard Gardner, Bodily-Physical is one of the eight different types of intelligence he identified that people have, which he outlines in his theory of Multiple Intelligences. He describes them as eight different ways in which we are all 'able to know the world'.

According to Gardner, these eight different kinds of minds 'learn, remember, perform and understand in different ways'.

The Multiple Intelligences he describes are:

  1. Bodily-physical
  2. Interpersonal
  3. Intrapersonal
  4. Linguistic
  5. Logical/Mathematical
  6. Musical
  7. Naturalist
  8. Visual-spatial

Whilst we can all use all of them, Gardner believes that individuals differ in how strongly they use each intelligence.  For us as facilitators, this means that it is important to incorporate activities which appeal to all eight types of intelligence, within any learning environment.

The Bodily-physical intelligence specifically, is the ability to use our bodies skilfully.  Dancers, sculptors and footballers would all be examples of individuals with strong bodily-physical intelligence.

But what does this mean for us in the training room?

Fundamentally, the bodily-physical intelligence is about keeping learners moving & using their bodies. You can do this with all kinds of simple activities.  By asking learners to add post-it notes to a flip chart on the wall.  By tasking them to go for a walk in pairs to discuss something.  By inviting them to build or create something with their hands.  The key message is - if your learners have been sat down for more than 20 minutes, you need to get them up and doing something!

Why?  Well firstly, for those with a strong bodily-physical intelligence, this will really enhance their learning.  Secondly, it also gets the blood flowing and the learners' energy levels up.  And thirdly, it changes and improves the learners' state for learning.

Top Tip - B is for Bodily-physical.  Keep your learners active!

Watch out for more on the other seven multiple intelligences in future blogs.  You can also find out more now about all the multiple intelligences here.  Which do you think are your strongest preferences?

The next blog up, "C is for...."