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Saturday, June 13, 2009

8 Kinds of SMART

Did you know there are 8 kinds of smart? I ran across this interesting information on an NCATE (National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education) visit in Oklahoma City. I was visiting a charter school and was amazed to see this cool concept of 8 smarts displayed throughout the school.

1. Linguistic…Word Smart
2. Logical…Mathematical Smart
3. Spatial….Picture Smart
4. Bodily Kinesthetic…Body Smart
5. Musical…Music Smart
6. Interpersonal…People Smart
7. Intrapersonal…Self Smart
8. Naturalist… Nature Smart.

Howard Gardner first identified and introduced to us seven different kinds of intelligence in Frames of Mind.
· Linguistic intelligence: a sensitivity to the meaning and order of words.
· Logical-mathematical intelligence: ability in mathematics and other complex logical systems.
· Musical intelligence: the ability to understand and create music. Musicians, composers and dancers show a heightened musical intelligence.
·Spatial intelligence: the ability to "think in pictures," to perceive the visual world accurately, and recreate (or alter) it in the mind or on paper. Spatial intelligence is highly developed in artists, architects, designers and sculptors.
·Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence: the ability to use one's body in a skilled way, for self-expression or toward a goal. Mimes, dancers, basketball players, and actors are among those who display bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.
·Interpersonal intelligence: an ability to perceive and understand other individuals -- their moods, desires, and motivations. Political and religious leaders, skilled parents and teachers, and therapists use this intelligence.
·Intrapersonal intelligence: an understanding of one's own emotions. Some novelists and or counselors use their own experience to guide others.
Then, Gardner identified an eighth intelligence, the naturalist intelligence.

What a great message to kids that may not feel smart when they compare themselves to others. This explains how some children are athletic, some play musical instruments effortlessly, some are natural mathematicians, etc. Isn’t it wonderful that we can all be smart in some way?

More information can be found by researching Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner, 1993.

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