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Multiple Intelligences Chart
Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing and Assessment
By Pearson Education Development Group
Although Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences (MI) is over a decade old, teachers are still
trying to find the best way to use this theory to assess students with different styles of learning and varied
academic strengths. Multiple Intelligences shape the way students understand, process, and use
information.
Gardner groups student capabilities into eight broad categories (each student's
unique learning style is a combination of these intelligences):
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Logical/mathematical (uses numbers effectively)
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Visual/spatial (is artistically or spatially perceptive)
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Bodily/kinesthetic (excels at tasks that require physical movement)
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Musical (perceives and/or expresses musical forms and patterns)

Linguistic (uses words effectively)
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Interpersonal (responds well to others)

Intrapersonal (is reflective and inner-directed)

Naturalist (makes distinctions in the natural world)
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Since no single approach to teaching and assessment can possibly work best for every student, teachers face
a challenge. What's the best way to match assessments to students' learning styles?
Assessing Multiple Intelligences
Of course, assessment should reflect the diversity of intelligences and learning styles in your classroom.
For example, students who are good at spatial learning might not display the full range of their knowledge
on an essay test. In fact, traditional testing methods are inherently biased in favor of students with strong
linguistic and mathematical skills. Advocates of MI theory suggest that teachers supplement their
traditional assessment methods with assessment strategies that evaluate student progress in an inclusive,
meaningful way.
So, how can you use the theory of multiple intelligences to assess student achievement in your classroom?
The MI approach to testing is closely related to authentic assessment. This approach enables students to
demonstrate the depth of their understanding, connect their classwork to real-life experiences, and apply
their knowledge to new situations.
MI theorists offer the following tips:
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Emphasize ongoing assessment and progress. Continue to ask if and how students have improved
their skills.
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Introduce assessment to your students as a regular part of classroom life. Make assessment a part
of the learning process, not a stressful, intimidating "event."

Try to use instruments, tools, and procedures that embrace some, if not all, of the multiple
intelligences.
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Use a wide range of assessment tools to measure students' skills and abilities.
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Give lots of feedback!
Build Your Own Assessment Repertoire
To create successful assessment strategies, familiarize yourself with your students' individual learning
styles. Knowing how your students learn best can help you choose approaches that will reach them most
effectively. Here are some specific strategies that can make assessment productive and fun:
Linguistic
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Ask students to write in a journal regularly.
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Give oral exams and/or essay tests.
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Emphasize creative writing – have students write poems, plays, and stories.
Logical/Mathematical
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Assign science labs and experiments.
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Have students complete logic problems and games.
Bodily/Kinesthetic
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Challenge students to write and perform plays.
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Have students build models or use other hands-on techniques to show what they learned.
Visual/Spatial
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Invite students to create collages, murals, and posters.
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Encourage students to illustrate their ideas using maps, charts, and graphs.

Help students use school equipment to make a video or slide show.
Interpersonal

Stage a classroom debate.
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Have students work collaboratively to brainstorm and prepare a project.
Intrapersonal
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Ask students to identify their own academic strengths and weaknesses.
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Have students think of personal goals and give progress reports.
Musical

Challenge students to identify and explain patterns in music or poetry.

Ask students to write new lyrics to familiar melodies or to compose a new song.
Naturalist
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Ask students to keep environmental journals and to share their observations.
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Invite students to lead classmates on a nature walk to point out interesting plants and animals they
found during independent study.
Note that many of these assessment strategies evaluate more than one kind of intelligence. You can use
strategies like these and other combinations of projects, performances, and portfolios to assess students'
progress.
There is no "right" way to use multiple intelligences in testing and assessment. You don't have to overhaul
your whole curriculum. But you can make an effort to address each student's strengths and weaknesses by
using creative alternatives to traditional testing in your classroom.
Articles and practical applications for Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences.
Online and offline resources on multiple intelligences.
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How do you ensure all of your students’ intelligences are being tapped? Here is a list of activities that speak
to each intelligence.
Verbal-Linguistic
choral speaking
declarizing
tapping out poetic
rhythms
LogicalMathematical
problem solving
peer teaching
personal choice in
projects
Visual-Spatial
Body-Kinesthetic
graphing
storytelling
measuring
photographing
retelling
coding
speaking
sequencing
debating
critical thinking
presenting
predicting
making visual
metaphors
making visual
analogies
hands on
experiments
activities
changing room
arrangement
creative movement
mapping stories
reading aloud
playing logic games
going on field trips
making 3D projects
dramatizing
collecting data
painting
physical education
activities
illustrating
crafts
using charts
dramatizing
using organizers
using cooperative
groups
book making
experimenting
nonfiction reading
solving puzzles
researching
classifying
listening
using manipulatives
process writing
learning the
scientific model
sketching
using money
patterning
using geometry
visual puzzles
visualizing
dancing
writing journals
Musical
humming
Interpersonal
Intrapersonal
rapping
classroom parties
Naturalistic
personal response
playing background
music
peer editing
reading outside
individual study
patterns
cooperative
learning
form
sharing
playing instruments
group work
cloud watching
personal goal
setting
identifying insects
individual projects
building habitats
journal log keeping
identifying plants
forming clubs
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using a microscope
social awareness
dissecting
conflict mediation
independent
reading
going on a nature
walk
build a garden
discussing
rhyming
studying the stars
cross age tutoring
singing
bird watching
study group
collecting rocks
brainstorming
making bird feeders
going to the zoo
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Multiple Intelligences
Sam Blackman
Worksheet
Directions:
Please read each statement carefully. If the statement sounds like you, put a check on the
line in front of the statement.
01. __ Highly developed auditory skill
02. __ Enjoy using computers
03. __ Have a good memory for names, places, dates, or trivia
04. __ Think in images and pictures
05. __ Remember melodies of songs
06. __ Spend free time engaged in art activities
07. __ Like to write
08. __ Ask questions like “where does the universe end?”, “when did time begin?”
09. __ Process knowledge through bodily sensations
10. __ Tell when a musical note is off-key
11. __ Report clear visual images when thinking about something
12. __ Have a deep awareness of inner feelings, dreams, and ideas
13. __ Understand people
14. __ Have a lot of friends
15. __ React with strong opinions when controversial topics are being discussed
16. __ Spin tall tales or tell jokes and stories
17. __ Enjoy reading books in spare time
18. __ Explore patterns, categories and relationships and abstract forms of logical
thinking
19. __ Play a musical instrument
20. __ Move, twitch, tap, or fidget while sitting in a chair
21. __ Sensitive to non-verbal sounds in the environment
22. __ Compute arithmetic problems quickly in head
23. __ Spell words accurately and easily
24. __ Play chess, checkers, or other strategy games, and win
25. __ Reason things out logically and clearly
26. __ Easily read charts, maps, and diagrams
27.__ Engage in physical activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, skateboarding,
etc.
28.__ Socialize a great deal at school or around the neighborhood
29.__ Organize, communicate with, and sometimes manipulate others
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30.__ Seem to live in your own private, inner world
31.__ Learn best by relating and cooperating
32.__ Need to touch people when you talk to them
33.__ Enjoy scary amusement rides
34.__ Devise experiments to test out things you don’t understand
35.__ Appreciate nonsense rhymes and tongue twisters
36.__ Enjoy working on logical puzzles such as Rubik’s Cube
37.__ Like doing crossword puzzles or playing games such as Scrabble or Anagrams
38.__ Draw accurate representations of people or things
39.__ Need to have music on in order to study
40.__ Collect records or tapes
41.__ Like movies, slides or photographs when learning new concepts
42.__ Demonstrate skill in crafts like woodworking, carving, or sewing
43.__ Like to be alone to pursue personal interest, hobby, or project
44.__ Appears to possess a deep sense of self-confidence
45.__ Get involved in after-school group activities
46.__ March to the beat of a different drummer in style of dress, behavior, and
general attitude
47.__ Enjoy playing group games
48.__ Motivate self to do well on independent study projects
49.__ Cleverly mimic other people’s gestures, mannerisms, or behaviors
50.__ Enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles or mazes
51.__ Sing songs to self
52.__ Daydream a lot
53.__ Need opportunities to learn by moving or acting things out
54.__ Keep time rhythmically to music
55.__ Possess intuitive ability
56.__ Have a lot of empathy for the feelings of others
Multiple Intelligences Inventory Score Sheet
Linguistic
1__ 3__ 7__ 16__ 17__ 23__ 35__ 37__
Logical-Mathematical
2__ 8__ 18__ 22__ 24__ 25__ 34__ 36__
Intrapersonal (Self)
12__ 15__ 30__ 43__ 44__ 46__ 48__ 55__
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Spatial
4__ 6__ 11__ 26__ 38__ 41__ 5__ 52__
Musical
5__ 10__ 19__ 21__ 39__ 40__ 51__ 54__
Bodily-Kinesthetic
9__ 20__ 27__ 32__ 42__ 49__ 53__
Interpersonal (Others)
13__ 14__ 28__ 29__ 31__ 45__ 47__ 56__
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