What are the eight multiple intelligences?


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The eight multiple intelligences, as devised by Howard Gardner, are:

  • Word Smart - Students use words effectively, and enjoy reading, playing word games, and making up poetry or stories. Lessons encouraging them to interact with words through speaking, writing, and reading.
  • Math (or Logic) Smart - Students learn through reasoning and calculation, with conceptual and abstract patterns and relationships. Lessons include logic games, investigations, and mysteries.
  • People Smart - Students are keen to interact with others, with strengths in making friends, empathy, and common sense. Lessons taught through group activities, seminars, and dialogues.
  • Self Smart - Students understand one's self with wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. Lessons are best done through independent study and introspection.
  • Art (or Picture) Smart - Students think in terms of physical space - drawing, jigsaw puzzles, maps - with lessons that include drawings and physical imagery.
  • Music Smart - Students show sensitivity to rhythm and sound, including the sounds within their environment. Lessons include turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, or tapping out time.
  • Body Smart - Students use the body effectively, focused on movement, making things, and physical touch. Lessons communicate through body language and physical activity or role playing.
  • Nature Smart - Students are in love with the natural world, both confident and comfortable in nature. Lessons bring them closer to nature through observation, immersion in nature, or simply comparing and contrasting natural life.