Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence provides the framework for teaching and learning at The Gardner School.

At the core of this theory is the recognition that people think and learn differently and that intelligence can be expressed in a multitude of ways. Our multifaceted approach to teaching incorporates each of the eight major intellectual domains defined by Dr. Gardner, and provides opportunities for each student to use his or her unique intelligence to understand the subject matter.

In addition we help students understand their strengths and challenges using multiple intelligence as a tool. Students learn to use strengths to acquire new information and work on more fully developing their knowledge in areas that are a challenge for them.

Intelligence Area:
Is Strong In:
Likes to:
Learns Best Through:
Famous Examples:


(Word Smart)

reading, writing, telling stories, memorizing dates, thinking words read, write, tell stories, talk, memorize, work at puzzles reading, hearing and seeing words, speaking, writing, discussing and debating T.S. Eliot, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, Abraham Lincoln
Math-Logic (Number Smart) math, reasoning, logic, problem-solving, patterns solve problems, question, work with numbers, experiment working with patterns and relationships, classifying, categorizing, working with the abstract Albert Einstein, John Dewey, Susanne Langer
Spatial (Picture Smart) reading, maps, charts, drawing, mazes, puzzles, making images, visualization design, draw, build, create, daydream, look at pictures working with pictures and colors, visualizing, using the minds eye, drawing Pablo Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia OKeeffe, Bobby Fischer
Bodily-Kinesthetic (Body Smart) athletics, dancing, acting, crafts, using tools move around, touch and talk, use body language touching, moving, processing knowledge through bodily sensations Charlie Chaplin, Martina Navratilova, Magic Johnson
Musical (Music Smart) singing, picking up sounds, remembering melodies, rhythms sing, hum, play an instrument, listen to music rhythm, melody, singing, listening to music and melodies Leonard Bernstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ella Fitzgerald
Interpersonal (People Smart) understanding people, leading, organizing, communicating, resolving conflicts, selling have friends, talk to people, join groups sharing, comparing, relating, interviewing, cooperating Mahandas Gandhi, Ronald Reagan, Mother Theresa
Intrapersonal (Self Smart) understanding self, recognizing strengths and weaknesses, setting goals work alone, reflect, pursue interests working alone, doing self-paced projects, having space, reflecting Eleanor Roosevelt, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Merton
Naturalist (Nature Smart) understanding nature, making distinctions, identifying flora and fauna be involved with nature, make distinctions working in nature, exploring living things, learning about plants and natural events John Muir, Charles Darwin, Luther Burbank

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