© The Simcoe County Board of Education, 1996

The Multiple Intelligences: Classroom Strategies

The Multiple Intelligences: Checklist for Teachers Regarding Lesson Balance

Consider the following descriptors. Check the areas that you presently use to challenge your students' various intelligences.

VISUAL/SPATIAL

VERBAL/LINGUISTIC
BODILY KINESTHETIC
LOGICAL/MATHEMATICAL
MUSICAL/RHYTHMIC
INTRAPERSONAL
INTERPERSONAL

STUDENT AWARENESS ACTIVITY

"WHO M.I.?"


This is an activity to help students identify their strengths and interests. Based on the "Portfolio" concept as outlined by Regina Routman, students take active role in analyzing their own intelligences.

Outcome: Students will prepare a set of personal demonstrations that represent the eight intelligences.


Process:
  1. Introduce the concept of Multiple Intelligences:
    word, number, picture, music, people, self, body, nature.

  2. Have students talk about many ways that people show they are smart.

  3. Personal Assignment
    1. Identify ways individual students demonstrate various intelligences. (i.e.)
      • plays piano - musical smart
      • reads a particular author - word smart
      • on a soccer team - body smart

    2. Select an example from each smart that could be put into a container or on a display board. (i.e.)
      • decorated bag
      • box
      • plastic container
      • cardboard backing

    3. make a presentation or a display of how you are smart.

    4. write or tell in your own way why you feel one type of intelligence is your strongest.
    5. Evaluation (expected)
      • Completes task on time
      • Selects appropriate examples for each intelligence.
      • Arranges materials in an effective manner to show intelligences.
      • Presents or displays intelligences in a way others can identify the message.
      • Identifies the strongest intelligence in a conventually correct (written, oral) manner in a personal response.