For the past two months we have been sharing a breakdown of Gardener’s “Theory of Multiple Intelligences”, it is one of my favourite theories because I have always found intelligence such a restrictive term.
I don’t know about you but every time they praised students in school assemblies it would always seem that only those that had got the highest-flying academic grades would get acknowledged. This is not me saying that those individuals weren’t incredibly smart but surely maths and science is not the only way this should be defined?
If that was the case there would be nowhere near the same level of admiration for Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo or Maya Angelou. (to name a few)
Gardner’s theory brings a refreshing take onto how we define what intellect is, and how if it is applied everyone can learn better.
Here’s a quick breakdown of 9 types of intelligence:
You find it generally easy to grasp other languages or dialects, even if you’re not fluent
You enjoy reading and writing a lot
You have a way with words
You love nature/spending time outdoors
You can easily connect with animals and raise them
You’ve got a “Green Thumb”
You’re good with numbers
You like playing strategy games
You ask cosmic or deep questions
You find it easy to see from another perspective
You are highly empathetic
You are good at co-operating and teamwork
You have a reliable sense of direction/navigational skills
You enjoy jigsaw puzzles and mazes
You are skilled at visualising scenarios
You can break down sounds
You work well when music/sound is playing will you work
You’re highly sensitive to even small sounds
You communicate well-using body language
You tend to have a good sense of timing when performing physical tasks
You like creating and making physical objects
You enjoy doing things by yourself
You are very self-motivated
You find it easy to identify your strengths and weaknesses
You have a genuine curiosity for philosophical questions
You have a high sensitivity to matters related to human existence
I had always thought that I was a plain old kinesthetic learner, what I’ve realised through Gardner is that although I do have that element of “learning by doing”, I have features of intrapersonal intelligence and logical-mathematical too!
Through my better understanding of my natural learning style, it makes it easier to identify activities I would have an affinity to, whilst helping to recognise how the skillset can help me when working in a team.
Which of Gardner's 9 intelligences do you identify with the most?