A couple of months ago I read a great book by Howard Gardner called Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice. The book paves the way for a new theory set forth by Howard where he distinguishes between nine kinds of intelligences. Understanding the different types of intelligences will definitely help teachers tap into the real potential of their students.
Here is an overview of these intelligences :
1- VERBAL / LINGUISTIClearning through the spoken and written word. This intelligence was always valued in the traditional classroom and in traditional assessments of intelligence and achievement.
2- MATHEMATICAL / LOGICAL
learning through reasoning and problem solving. Also highly valued in the traditional classroom, where students were asked to adapt to logically sequenced delivery of instruction.
3-BODILY / KINESTHETIC
learning through interaction with one's environment. This intelligence is not the domain of "overly active" learners. It promotes understanding through concrete experience.
4- MUSICAL / RHYTHMIC
learning through patterns, rhythms and music. This includes not only auditory learning, but the identification of patterns through all the senses.
learning through feelings, values and attitudes. This is a decidedly affective component of learning through which students place value on what they learn and take ownership for their learning.
learning through interaction with others. Not the domain of children who are simply "talkative" or "overly social." This intelligence promotes collaboration and working cooperatively with others.
learning through classification, categories and hierarchies. The naturalist intelligence picks up on subtle differences in meaning. It is not simply the study of nature; it can be used in all areas of study..
learning by seeing the "big picture": "Why are we here?" "What is my role in the world?" "What is my place in my family, school and community?" This intelligence seeks connections to real world understandings and applications of new learning. "
learning visually and organizing ideas spatially. Seeing concepts in action in order to understand them. The ability to "see" things in one's mind in planning to create a product or solve a problem. " Source : Surfaquarium
Today as I was going through my feeds I stumbled upon this post entitled " Apps for Multiple Intelligences " curated by Suzanne from iPadders. The article features iPad apps relevant for developing each of the nine intelligences mentioned above. Check them out and here is a snapshot of the graphic she made. The app images in the original post are clickable .