Multiple Intelligences &
Learning Styles
-Gail Lambert
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BE SMART
• Verbal/linguistic – (word smart)
• Logical/mathematical – (number/reasoning
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Visual/spatial – (picture smart)
Bodily/kinesthetic – (body smart)
Musical – (music smart)
Interpersonal – (people smart)
Intrapersonal – (self smart)
Naturalist – (nature smart)
(www.thomasarmstrong.com/multiple_intelligences.htm)
Verbal/Linguistic
• Loves to read, write, debate & tell stories
• Has good memory for names, places, dates &
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Often takes notes
Learns better after seeing/writing
A “Bookworm”
Grasps concepts on first reading
Can read for hours at a time
Auditory skills tend to be highly developed
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Logical/Mathematical
• Ability to reason (sciences & math)
• Strong problem-solving skills (cause &
effect experiments)
• Likes to experiment
• Excels in science-related logic
• Generally thinks in terms of concepts &
questions; loves to put ideas to the test
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Visual/Spatial
• Needs mental/physical picture to
understand new information
• Does well with maps, charts, diagrams
• Learns by seeing/watching demonstrations
• Becomes impatient or “drifts” when
extensive listening is required
• Requires quiet to study
• Keenly perceptive of visual details
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Bodily/Kinesthetic
• Good at physical activities, hand/eye
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Tendency to move around, touch things,
gestures when speaking
Learns by doing & moving – direct involvement
Often a poor listener
Learns better when able to move
Uses movement to help concentrate
Enjoys physical challenges
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MUSICAL
• Can understand & appreciate music
• Sensitive to pitch & rhythm of sounds
• Can remember melodies
• Enjoys listening to music
• Likes to sing, hum, or play instrument
• Sensitive to all types of nonverbal sound &
rhythm of everyday noise
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INTERPERSONAL
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Naturally social
Able to work effectively with others
Has strong leadership skills
Understands others
Skilled at organizing, communicating,
negotiating
Learns best in group work – excellent team
player
Friendly and out-going
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INTRAPERSONAL
• Understands own emotions, goals &
intentions
• Has strong sense of self
• Usually chooses to work on own
• Enjoys self-paced projects & having space
• In touch with inner feelings
• Forms realistic goals for self
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NATURALIST
• Latest addition
• Likes to be involved with nature
• Notices patterns, features, etc. in ecology
• Understands & appreciates how nature
and people interact
• Likes exploring & learning about plants
Using Your Learning Style
• Identify your strongest & weakest learning
styles
• Incorporate from your best style into your
study time
• Work on improving your weakest styles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkeAzqhlkNk
Don’t get caught with your “Pants on the Ground”
Discover Your Learning Style
www.learningstyles.org
References
• Nicholson-Nelson, K. (1998). Developing
students’ multiple intelligences. New York, NY:
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Scholastic Professional Books.
Silver, H., Strong, R. & Perini, M. (2000). So
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Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Development.
www.learningstyles.org
each may learn: Integrating learning styles and
multiple intelligences. Alexandria, VA: