Significance of Multiple Intelligence Activities

Teachers and instructors often conduct multiple Intelligence activities to assess students’ cognitive and problem solving abilities on various levels. But where did the concept of Multiple Intelligence come from? And what is the significance of multiple intelligence activities in a learning environment? You will find out answers to these questions and more in this article.

Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence

multiple intelligence activities

While man was still busy arguing about what intelligence is, Howard Gardner put forth his own little theory of multiple intelligence. According to him,

  • Humans possess 8 different kinds of intelligences and that you in varied amounts.
  • These various intelligences emerge from the different areas of the brain.
  • These intelligences may or may not work in conjunction to one another.
  • It is possible for one intelligence to work independently.
  • Individuals have varied intellectual compositions.

Below are listed the 8 different intelligences that individual possess at the time of birth according to Howard Gardner.

1.    Verbal / Linguistic

This is the ability in a person to think in linguistic words and consequentially be able to effectively express it in words either by the way of writing or orally. A person with this ability will be able to read and tell stories. He will also be able to memorize stuff and will be able to prosper well in an environment which is rich in print material.

2.    Logical / Mathematical

This is the ability in a person to use, reason and recognize numbers effectively. The person also distinguishes between patterns and relationships. Individual with this intelligence excels in categorizing, organizing, outlining and deciphering.

3.    Visual / Spatial

This is the ability in a person to sense and recognize different shapes, textures, colours, space and form. The person possessing this intelligence likes to draw, build, create and design things. He also likes to

  • Watch and play on the computer
  • Read different types of graphs, charts, maps and diagram
  • Solve mazes and make puzzles

4.    Bodily – Kinesthetic

This is the ability in the person to use his or her body to aptly express the emotions and ideas. This intelligence also allows the person to solve problems using his body. If you

·         work well with your hands

·         indulge in various physical activities

·         have good hand, foot and eye coordination

Then it means that you are equipped with bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence. This skill can be enhanced with role-playing and exercises.

5.    Musical Rhythmic

This is the ability in a person to recognize and to relate to different rhythms, melodies and pitches. The person with this intelligence can remember melodies, enjoys listening to songs and singing them and loves activities that are built around singing and dancing.

6.    Interpersonal

This is the ability in a person to sense the moods of other people around him. This helps him to communicate well by assessing the feeling and emotions of others. This kind of individual is likely to excel in making bonds, sharing and working in groups.

7.    Intrapersonal

This is the ability in a person to understand the personality of one’s self. The person equips himself with thorough knowledge of one’s own likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, preferences and goals.

8.    Naturalistic

This is the ability in a person to enjoy everything natural around him. This individual learns to appreciate the natural world that surrounds him.

Multiple Intelligence Activities and intelligence types

Let’s look at the different Multiple Intelligence Activities that are associated with different intelligence.

1.    Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence Activities

  • Crossword puzzles
  • Scrabble
  • Writing for school editorials
  • Writing stories, letters and essays
  • Listening and telling stories

2.    Logical Mathematical Intelligence Activities

  • Math games like monopoly, checkers and chess
  • Recognizing patterns in the surrounding
  • Math games through visual interface
  • Science experiments using tool kit.

3.    Visual / Spatial Intelligence Activities

  • Photographic assignments
  • Building with clay and other medium
  • Making and using different kinds of charts and maps

4.    Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence Activities

  • Creating costumes and building as well as designing props
  • Acting out different scenes or performing plays

5.    Musical Rhythmic Intelligence Activities

  • Adding music to poems
  • Writing poems and building rhythms around it
  • Performing a song or poem with music

6.    Interpersonal Intelligence Activities

  • Working in groups
  • Tutoring those that are behind
  • Develop a group project

7.    Intrapersonal Intelligence Activities

  • Writing papers and essays about famous personalities and events
  • Keeping a long-period journal
  • Reflective essays

8.    Naturalistic Intelligence Activities

  • Looking after plants
  • Researching different habitats of living things
  • Collecting recyclable materials.

By using this information you can build up further Multiple Intelligence Activities around the different intelligences that make up an individual.


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