Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner's Theory

Dr. Howard Gardner

Dr. Gardner was an education professor at Harvard University when he grew tired of the traditional notion of what was considered "intelligent." Gardner developed a more specific method of measuring intelligence, which tests eight different types of intelligence which contrasts traditional tests that only measures one type. His theory of multiple intelligences was published in 1983 and continues to be utilized today.
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Watch this brief video which explains the intelligences!

How does multiple intelligence work ?

Intelligences Explained!

  1. Linguistic
  • Good with words and language
  • They learn through written and vocal communication
  • They respond to clever meaning and rhythm of language
  • They love stories, jokes, and parables
  • Communicates with others in a highly vocal way


2. Logical/Mathematical

  • Good with numbers and reasoning
  • Learns through problem solving activities
  • Often enjoys math, logic, and problem solving
  • Can often see causes and effects easily
  • Discerns patters and like to figure out how things work


3. Spacial

  • Picture smart
  • Learns visually
  • Organizes thoughts spatially
  • Likes maps, charts, and diagrams as opposed to text
  • They see images and pictures in their head


4. Bodily/Kinesthetic

  • Learns through motion and movement
  • Loves sports and being active
  • Can use their bodies to work through problems
  • Can get fidgety if not stimulated physically
  • Enjoy's literal hands-on learning methods


5. Musical

  • Learns through patterns and songs
  • Almost perfect pitch
  • Speaks and move to an internal rhythm
  • Subconsciously hums to themselves
  • Easily distracted by seeming insignificant sound


6. Interpersonal

  • Learns through cooperation with others
  • Understands/empathizes with others well
  • Loves talking and socializing with peers
  • Can feel the mood of the room and respond adequately


7. Intrapersonal

  • Learns through themselves
  • Strong sense of self awareness--often has high self esteem
  • Values independence
  • Works best individually
  • accurately expresses their own feelings


8. Naturalist

  • Learns through hierarchies
  • understands relationship between humans and nature
  • enjoys the outdoors

Lets Practice!

After taking the test, at your tables, briefly share which intelligences you identify with most and which ones you identify with least.


Then take a few minutes to discuss how you would teach a student that identified with the intelligence in which you identify with the least.