Did you know that there are EIGHT different ways that your students can demonstrate their intelligence?? Think back to your college days and upper level education classes (That’s WAY back for me….Over a decade!) and you might remember an important educational figure named Howard Gardner. Ring any bells? Howard Gardner is the face behind the theory of Multiple Intelligences.
Then, we follow up with a more formal Multiple Intelligences questionnaire that was designed for elementary students. There are many versions of quizzes that are similar to this. This one is a free download from Scholastic at the link below!
Unfortunately, only a few of the 8 Multiple Intelligences are utilized on a daily basis in the typical elementary classroom, such as Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart), Logical-Mathematical (Logic Smart), and Intrapersonal (Self Smart). Specialty classes and extra times of the day such as lunch and recess are geared specifically to Kinesthetic (Body Smart), Intrapersonal (People Smart), Spatial (Art/Picture Smart) and Musical (Music Smart). What’s hard about this concept is that many children who might be considered “gifted” in one of the eight multiple intelligences very often slip through the cracks, most likely because they aren’t given ample opportunities to manifest that intelligence.
One of my biggest goals with my Gifted and Talented kiddos is to do everything I can to allow them to stretch their highest intelligences to their FULLEST potential, which often means that they are demonstrating learning in differing, nontraditional ways. I also encourage them to strengthen weaker intelligences through strategic cooperative grouping and partnering.
If you are interested in purchasing my Multiple Intelligences Activities for both upper and lowergrades, please click the link below! This package contains posters, “The Warm Wind Blows.” game, student projects, and intelligence quote posters in both upper and lower elementary versions.
I almost forgot!! I also have these AMAZING Multiple Intelligences Choice Boards from “Chalk One Up for the Teacher” that my kids refer to all the time! Perfect for early finishers in the regular ed classroom as well.