• Getting to Know YOU:
    Multiple Intelligences
    In-Class notes: (Homework is at the very bottom of this page!)

    Get Smart with
    Multiple Intelligences
    From You're Smarter Than You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences by Thomas Armstrong, Ph. D

    HOMEWORK: Take the test to find out your strongest intelligences.

    There are currently eight main types of intelligences, and it's guaranteed that you have a range of ability in EACH category. Don't believe me? Take a look into Dr. Howard Gardner's research of Multiple Intelligences...

    Keep in mind:
    *You already have all eight kinds of smart!
    *All of the intelligences are DIFFERENT, but they are also EQUAL.
    *No matter what kind of ability you have in a given smart, you can explore, grow, and develop it.
    *You may know what you are best at, but that doesn't mean you're limited to one kind of intelligence.
    *There are many different ways of being smart in each intelligence.
    *The different smarts work together in almost everything you do.
    *The eight intelligences are found across all cultures and in all countries and age groups.
    (Armstrong 5-6)

    ##Gardner's Eight Categories of Intelligence:

    Word Smart (VL)              Picture Smart (VS)               People Smart (IP)

              Music Smart (M)              Nature Smart (N)            

    Logic Smart (LM)               Body Smart (BK)                  Self Smart (IR)

    #Word Smart - Linguistic
    You like words and how they're used in reading, writing, or speaking. You may enjoy word play and word games, foreign languages, storytelling, spelling, creative writing, or reading (3).

    Things you may do every day that use this intelligence:
    *read (books, magazines, newspapers, and comics) *write poetry and stories *write and put on skits *keep a journal *tell stories * tell jokes * write letters, notes, and emails *speak out for causes you believe in *rap *listen to talk radio or radio shows and plays *watch movies * listen to books on tape (8)

    Look to the Future:
    *advertising or marketing copy writer *advocate *archivist *editor * English teacher (or any kind of teacher) *grant writer * indexer * information scientist (someone who uses technology to manage and use information) *journalist *lawyer *librarian *lobbyist *museum curator *paralegal *poet *politician *professional public speaker *proofreader *publicist/public relations specialist *radio or television announcer *researcher *screenwriter *speech pathologist *speech writer *storyteller *translator * Web editor *writer *etc. (22)

    #Logic Smart - Logical/Mathematical
    You enjoy figuring things out and may understand numbers and math concepts, like finding patterns, and have fun with science. You may like riddles, brainteasers, computers, creating your own codes, or doing science experiments (3).

    Things that you may do every day that use this intelligence:
    *solve brainteasers or riddles *count things *play games like checkers, chess, or Battleship *read mysteries *create your own codes or break codes that other people have created *spend money and count out your coins and dollars *tell time *estimate things like how much time you spend on the school bus during the whole school year (days? weeks?) *collect sports scores or stats like your favorite baseball player's batting average *budget an allowance *play games on the computer *do homework or other activities on the computer *organize your belongings by their pattern or shapes or sizes *play with or use a calculator *spend time in the kitchen: measure spices, estimate how long it takes to bake something, or figure out how to pull a meal together so all the foods are ready at the same time *think about inventions that would make life easier or better *study a globe, maps, or an astronomy chart of the stars and planets (47)

    Look to the Future:
    *accountant *air traffic controller *appraiser *astronaut *auditor *banker *bookkeeper *budget analyst *climatologist *code-breaker/cryptoanalyst *computer programmer *data analyst *economist *electrician *engineer (mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical) *epidemiologist *financial aid officer *foreign exchange trader *forensic scientist * information scientist *insurance actuary *insurance agent *investment analyst/mortgage broker *physician *pollster *population ecology analyst *purchasing agent *science teacher *scientist (biologist, chemist, physicist, astronomer, geologist, botanist, oceanographer) *statistician *stockbroker *technical writer *technician *treasurer *video game designer/programmer *Web master/programmer *etc! (61)


    #Picture Smart - Visual/Spatial
    You love to look at the world and see all the interesting things in it. You may be able to picture things or images in your head. You may be able to take what you see and use your imagination to show others your vision through art, design, photography, architecture, or invention (3).

    Things you may do every day that use this intelligence:
    *draw, paint, or use other art materials for fun *make collages *create sculptures out of clay, papier-mache, or interesting objects *play with blocks, wooden sticks, or anything else you can use to build 3-D objects *watch movies or videos *sketch out pictures to help you think through ideas or solve problems *draw comics *make movies with a video camera and a computer *make animated cartoons on the computer or draw them by hand *build models *invent things *collect interesting objects and make an attractive display *decorate your room or other areas of your home *keep a scrapbook *play with visual puzzles or optical illusions *take pictures (photography) (67)

    Look to the Future:
    *advertiser *animator *architect *art teacher *cartographer (a map maker) *children's book illustrator *cinematographer *civil or mechanical engineer *construction worker/builder *documentary maker *drafter *environmental designer (design exhibits, signs, and store layouts) *fashion/clothing designer *fine artist (includes: potter, jeweler, glass blower, painter, drawer, photographer, textile artist, sculptor) *furniture designer *geographer *geometry or trigonometry teacher *graphic artist *graphic designer (includes: book/magazine designer, packaging designer, sign and environmental designer, branding designer) *interior designer (or decorator) *inventor *landscape designer * medical illustrator * movie maker/movie director *movie special effects artist *navigator *packaging engineer (designs how to package products for sale or shipment--not the graphics that go on them) *photographer *photojournalist *pilot *product developer/industrial designer *sailor *surveyor *urban planner *Web designer *etc! (85)

    Music Smart - Musical
    You appreciate music, rhythm, melody, and patterns in sounds. You are capable of hearing tone and pitch. You may appreciate many different kinds of music and enjoy activities like singing, playing instruments, listening to CDs, or attending concerts (3).

    Things you may do every day that use this intelligence:
    *listen to music *play an instrument (any instrument) *sing (in a choiror even along to the radio) *write songs *play in your own band ormusic group *hum, sing, or tap while you work or think (28)

    Look to the Future:
    *acoustician *composer *choral director *conductor *disc jockey*ethnomusicologist *foley artist *instrument maker *jingle writer*lyricist *music arranger *music copyist *music director/supervisor *music editor (film and video) *music librarian *music producer *music researcher *music teacher *music therapist *musician *piano tuner *singer *songwriter *sound effects editor for movies *sound engineer (for recording studios; film, radio, and TV; live music performances) *studio director or manager *video/film sound designer *etc! (41)

    Nature Smart - Naturalistic
    You're observant and enjoy indentifying and classifying things like plants, animals, or rocks. (If you live in the city, you may classify other things like CDs...) You probably love being outdoors and may be interested in gardening, taking care of pets, cooking, or getting involved in ecological causes (4).

    Things you may do every day that use this intelligence:
    *hike *learn everything you can about dinosaurs *visit science or nature museums, zoos, or aquariums *go for a walk in the park *care for a family or class pet *collect leaves, bugs, rocks, features, or other things found in nature *bird watch *take nature walks *have an aquarium, terrarium, or ant farm *pay attention to the weather *walk a dog *volunteer at the Humane Society *grow a garden or house plant *cook *look at the stars (159)

    Look to the Future:
    *animal trainer *archeologist *astronomer *beekeeper *biologist *botanist *chef/cook *ecologist *entomologist (someone who studies bugs) *environmental/ecological advocate *environmental inspector *environmental lawyer *environmental scientist *farmer *fisher *forensic scientist *forest/park ranger *gamekeeper *garden nursery owner/employee *gardener *geologist *herpetologist (someone who studies reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and crocodiles) *horticulturalist *ichthyologist (studies fish) *landscape designer *marine biologist *meteorologist *mountaineer *naturalist *natural resources manager *nature guide/interpreter *nature photographer *ornithologist (studies birds) *paleontologist (studies fossils) *physical anthropologist *rancher *sailor *tree surgeon *veterinarian *veterinary assistant *vulcanologist (studies volcanoes) *zookeeper *zoologist *etc! (177) 

    #Body Smart - Bodily/Kinesthetic
    You're graceful and comfortable in your body, using it to learn new skills or to express yourself in different ways. You may be an athlete or use your body artistically in dance or acting. Or you may have more interest in working with your hands and doing activities like crafts, building models, or repairing things (3-4).

    Things you may do every day that use this intelligence:
    *dance *fix things *build models * arts and crafts (pottery, knitting, crochet, sewing, beading, weaving, painting, drawing, embroidery...) *play a musical instrument *play outside *climb trees *play games like marbles, jacks, or charades *act in plays and skits *do martial arts *practice yoga *play sports *go for walks or hikes *tie knots or do macrame *play video games *do imitations of other people or of animals *do magic tricks *practice handwriting or do calligraphy *type on a keyboard or use a calculator (91)

    Look to the Future:
    *acrobat *actor *cabinet maker *carpenter *choreographer *circus performer *construction worker/builder *cosmetologist *craftsperson (examples: potter, glass blower, weaver, basket maker, and more) *dancer * dentist *factory worker *gymnast *hair stylist *handy person *jeweler *leather worker *lifeguard *magician *massage therapist *martial artist *mechanic *mime *musician *orchestra conductor *physical education teacher * physical therapist *professional athlete *sculptor *stunt person *surgeon *tailor *welder *woodworker *etc! (108)

    #People Smart - Interpersonal
    You're interested in other people and how people interact with each other. You may be part of student government or a peer mediation group at school, have lots of friends, be involved in neighborhood causes, or just enjoy being in casual social groups (4).

    Things you may do every day that use this intelligence:
    *hang out with friends *volunteer to help people *make friends *help your friends or siblings resolve conflicts *study in groups or work on group projects *play team sports *tutor classmates or siblings *work in class with other students *sell things for school or organization fundraisers *organize activities for you and your friends *throw a party or get together with friends *talk on the phone with your friends *send email to people you know *play games with people *people watch (115)

    Look to the Future:
    *administrator *advertising executive *anthropologist *arbitrator *business leader *business owner *coach *counselor *criminologist *home-care provider *human resources specialist *interviewer *lawyer *manager *mediator *nurse *office manager *personnel worker *police officer *politician *pollster *psychiatrist *psychologist *public relations specialist *public speaker *publicist *receptionist *reporter *retail manager *retail worker *salesperson *school principal *social activist *social director *social worker *sociologist *talk-show host *teacher *therapist *travel agent *waitress/waiter *etc! (129)

    #Self Smart - Intrapersonal
    You're aware of and understand your own feelings, what you're good at, and the areas you want to improve. You often understand yourself better that others understand you. You may keep a journal, create plans for the future, reflect on the past, or set goals for yourself (4).

    Things you may do every day that use this intelligence:
    *keep a journal *make a list of things you really like (or really dislike) *set goals for yourself, like getting your homework done before 6 P.M. or learning to play an instrument *imagine your future job, home, or accomplishments *daydream about the way you want your life to be *think about or reflect on your day *consider ways to become a better person *read self-help books or self-improvement magazines *take personality quizzes *think and write about your dreams *take care of yourself through healthy eating, exercise, and good hygiene (135)

    Look to the Future:
    *actor *artist *chaplain or member of the clergy *comedian *craftsperson/artisan *detective/investigator *film maker/director *entrepreneur *guidance counselor *holistic health practitioner (massage therapist, acupuncturist, herbalist) *inventor *leader (business, political, social) *performance artist *personal lifestyle coach *personal trainer *philosopher *poet *professor *psychiatrist *psychologist *researcher *research scientist *self-employed business person *social worker *teacher *theologian *therapist *time management consultant *venture capitalist *writer *etc! (153)

    1.If you are absent from class (or if a parent wants to find out their smarts), click here to download the TEST, the KEY, and the SCORE SHEET to find your personal levels of intelligence!

    2. Color in your bar graph using different colors for each intelligence type.

    3. THINK about and DISCUSS your results with a parent/guardian/sibling/

    4. On the back of your paper answer these 2 questions:  
    Were you surprised by the result of the test? Do you agree with the outcome?
    Be ready to share these results in class! 

    For more information:

    Armstrong, Thomas. You're Smarter Than You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit
               Publishing, Inc., 2003.
               View publisher's website