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Multiple Intelligences:

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  • To think in words and to use language to express and understand complex meanings
  • Sensitivity to the meaning of words as well as the order of words, their sounds, rhythms, and inflections
  • To reflect on the use of language in everyday life

  • Linguistic Sensitivity: Skill in the use of words for expressive and practical purposes
  • Reading: Skill in reading
  • Writing: Ability and interest in writing projects such as poems, stories, books, or letters
  • Speaking: Skill in oral communication for persuasion, memorization, and description


  • To think of cause and effect and to understand relationships among actions, objects, or ideas
  • To be able to calculate, quantify, consider propositions, and perform complex mathematical or logical operations
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning skills, as well as critical and creative problem-solving

  • Problem Solving: Skill in organization, problem solving, and logical reasoning; curiosity and investigation
  • Calculations: Ability to work with numbers for mathematical operations such as addition and division


  • To think in sounds, rhythms, melodies, and rhymes
  • To be sensitive to pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone
  • To be able to recognize, create, and reproduce music by using an instrument or the voice
  • To listen actively

  • Musical Ability: Awareness of and sensitivity to music, rhythms, tunes, and melody
  • Instrument: Skill and experience in playing a musical instrument
  • Vocal: A good voice for singing in tune and along with other people
  • Appreciation: Actively enjoys listening to music


  • To think in movements and to use the body in skilled and complicated ways for expressive as well as goal-directed activities
  • Sense of timing and coordination

  • Physical Skill: Ability to move the whole body for physical activities such as balancing, coordination, and sports
  • Dancing, Acting: To use the body in expressive, rhythmic, and imitative ways
  • Working with Hands: To use the hands with dexterity and skill for detailed activities and small work


  • To think about and understand another person
  • To have empathy and recognize distinctions among people and to appreciate their perspectives with a sensitivity to their motives, moods, and intentions
  • Includes interacting effectively with one or more people among family, friends, or working relationships

  • Understanding People: Sensitivity to and understanding of other people's moods, feelings, and point of view
  • Getting Along with Others: Able to maintain good relationships with other people, especially friends and siblings
  • Leadership: To take a leadership role among people through problem solving and influence


  • To think about and understand one's self
  • To be aware of one's strengths and weaknesses and to plan effectively to achieve personal goals
  • Includes reflecting on and monitoring one's thoughts and feelings and regulating them effectively

  • Knowing Myself: Awareness of one's own ideas, abilities; personal decision-making skills
  • Goal Awareness: Awareness of goals and self-correction and monitoring in light of a goal
  • Managing Feelings: Ability to regulate one's feelings, moods and emotional responses
  • Managing Behavior: Ability to regulate one's mental activities and behavior


  • To think in pictures and to perceive the visual world accurately
  • To be able to think in three dimensions and to transform one's perceptions and recreate aspects of one's visual experience via imagination
  • To work with objects

  • Imagery: Use of mental imagery for observation, artistic, creative, and other visual activities
  • Artistic Design: To create artistic designs, drawings, paintings, or other crafts
  • Construction: To be able to make, build, or assemble things


  • To understand the natural world including plants, animals, and scientific studies
  • To be able to recognize and classify individuals, species, and ecological relationships
  • To interact effectively with living creatures and discern patterns of life and natural forces

  • Animal Care: Skill for understanding animal behavior, needs, characteristics
  • Plant Care: Ability to work with plants, (i.e., gardening, farming, and horticulture)
  • Science: Knowledge of natural living energy forces, including cooking, weather, and physics

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