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Thursday, December 24, 2009

“Searching for Multiple Intelligences”: An Activity that Invites Students to Assess, Record and Discuss Their Preferred Multiple Intelligences

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly, our mentees should know about the theory of multiple intelligences developed by Howard Gardner.

Dr. Gardner posited that a student’s intelligence should not simply be measured by his or her verbal and mathematical abilities. Intelligence should also include five other areas of giftedness including visual/spatial, body/kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.

The activity below, “Searching for Multiple Intelligences”, invites students to assess, record and discuss their preferred multiple intelligences profile.

Searching for Multiple Intelligences

(*Davidson & Solomon, 1998)

Directions: Walk around the room and find someone who fits one of the characteristics described below. Ask that person to print his/her name on the line provided. Try to get as many different names as you can. No person may record his/her name more than once.

1. Plays a musical instrument________________________

2. Likes to design and use charts _____________________

3. Likes to draw or photograph things in nature _________

4. Keeps a diary or journal _________________________

5. Loves to socialize_______________________

6. Has made a power point presentation, slide show, videotape, or photo album _______________________

7. Is knowledgeable in a martial art ______

8. Has written a poem, short story, or play _______

9. Can draw, paint, sketch, or sculpt ____________

10. Likes to set personal goals _________________

11. Sings or sang in the synagogue choir or on stage____________

12. Likes to tell stories or jokes ______________________

13. Enjoys watching and identifying birds __________________

14. Likes to draw analogies or solve brain teasers _______________________

15 Enjoys facilitating a group meeting ___________________

16. Likes to build things with his/her hands _____________________

17. Meditates regularly _______________________________

18. Uses binoculars, a telescope, a microscope, or a magnifying glass outside of the classroom _____________________________

19. Can replicate rhythmical patterns ______________________

20. Does aerobics, or plays tennis, racquetball, basketball, or golf ___________

21. Likes to write letters _____________________________

22. Designed and conducted an experiment _____________________

23. Easily shares his/her thoughts and feelings with others ________

24. Can identify the different colors in a spectrum _________________

*Davidson, N. & Solomon, R. (1998). Teaching For, Of and About Thinking: Participant’s Guide. Columbia, MD: National Institute for Relationship Training, Inc.

On the next post we will share the key for this exercise.

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