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Multiple Intelligences

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Jessica Ruiz

on 15 October 2013

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Transcript of Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Definitions of Intelligence
Traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited
Too much attention on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence
Wanted to account for broader range of potential
What is intelligence?
“Intelligence is the capacity to do something useful in the society in which we live. Intelligence is the ability to respond successfully to new situations and the capacity to learn from one’s past experiences.”
—Dr. Howard Gardner, author, Frames of Mind and Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice (1983)
What does it mean to be intelligent in our society?
What abilities do schools value and promote?
How do we measure a person's intelligence?

Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
- Oxford Dictionary
According to Gardner...
What is the theory of multiple intelligences?
Different intellectual composition
Invoke and combine intelligences in different ways
Improves education by addressing the multiple intelligences of our students
Educational theory developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner in Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Seven, then eight intelligences *
Naturalistic Intelligence
Naturalist Intelligence takes into consideration relationships between living things (animals, plants, humans, climate, etc.) and their environment. They love observing, reporting, investigating, recording, classifying, predicting, exploring, and caring for nature, etc.
Existential Intelligence
Sees the big picture, Interested in questions about life, death, and beyond. Able to look beyond the senses to explain phenomena. Likes to be outside. Strong interest in society and those around them.
"It's not how smart you ARE...it's HOW you are smart"
-Howard Gardner
Benefits of Incorporating the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Expands the horizon of available teaching and learning tools
Teach or Learn Anything 8 Different Ways
Whatever you are teaching or learning, see how you might connect it with...
Things to Consider...
Provide a variety of learning activities
Provide a variety of settings
How do teachers accommodate multiple intelligences?
Use different resources, manipulatives, and supports to help students learn in ways harmonious with their unique minds
If schools recognized multiple intelligences, how might the following activities be revised?

a. activities in the classroom

b. classroom assignments

c. graduation requirements

(linguistic intelligence)
numbers or logic
(logical-mathematical intelligence)
(spatial intelligence)
(musical intelligence)
(intrapersonal intelligence)
a physical experience
(bodily-kinesthetic intelligence)
a social experience
(interpersonal intelligence)
, and/or
an experience in the natural world
(naturalist intelligence)
Examples in the Classroom
This is an example of a geography teacher using teaching techniques suitable for bodily-kinesthetic learners.
This is a video about how a teacher uses music to make math enjoyable.
1. All students can develop all intelligences to an adequate level of competency.

2. You don’t have to teach or learn something in all eight ways, just see what the possibilities are, to see which pathways seem most interesting or most effective.

3. As children do not learn in the same way, they cannot be assessed in a uniform fashion
Learning Strategies for Multiple Intelligences

How is your child smart?




"Assisting learners in developing all of their intelligences will make learning a part of living, not just a preparation for it."
Learners utilize different parts of the brain
Authentic learning opportunities
Encourages collaborative work as well as individual work
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