Multiple Intelligences

Accelerated learning in practice – how to develop and access multiple intelligences

In order to assess your own balance of intelligences as you perceive them at this point in time you can use the self-perception questionnaire. This rates your intelligences which can be plotted on the multiple intelligences wheel. This tool was designed to be used by teenage children, but has an interesting slant on adult learning too.

Goal setting and Visual/Auditory/Kinesthetic

Visual

  • The use of yourself and your body movements,
  • Utilising the visual display opportunities above eye level within the room
  • Video, OHP, slides, flip chart, Coloured board markers or chalks
  • Lively and engaging textbooks
  • Memory-mapping, collage and visual note-taking tools
  • Keywords displayed around the room

Auditory

  • Paired and group discussions, group reviews
  • Guest speakers
  • Mini-debates
  • Raps, rhyme, chants & verse, dramatic readings
  • Tape, sound-bites
  • Mnemonics, onomatopoeia,
  • Music for energising, relaxing, visualising and review

Kinesthetic

  • Body sculpture, mime
  • Gestures or movements learned to demonstrate a concept
  • Break-state activities
  • Design and build activities
  • Field trips and visits
  • Physical movement – eg Brownian Motion illustrated by students bumping together in a confined space; maps drawn on hard play areas to help learn countries and trade routes

An example of a completed multiple intelligences wheel

Go to theMultiple Intelligences website to complete the questionnaire

Multiple Intelligences spreadsheet for compiling scores (with thanks to Julian Mendoza)

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