Friday, March 27, 2009

Thomas and the Kinesthetic Style of Learning


Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) - "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

The last Multiple Intelligence or Learning Style we will review at this time is the area of Kinesthetic. You can recognize them because they learn through physical activity. They think through physical sensations. They love running, dancing, touching, and gesturing (ever knew someone who couldn't talk if you tied their hands?). They go on to become athletes, actors, dancers, and artists.

Our Scriptural example comes from the life of Thomas. Consider John 20: 24 - 25 - "Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." He needed the physical sensations of sight and touch to convince him.

Jesus applied this style with Thomas. Notice that He does not rebuke him or chastise him. Jesus gives him the opportunity to learn by touch. God has wired each of us differently. Not wrong - just different. Jesus knew this and applied different forms to teach different folk.

Spot the Kinesthetics today - and run along side of them to reach the goal of knowledge.

For Kingdom Education,

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