The theory of multiple intelligences includes eight different intelligences that account for the potential to learn. Each of the intelligences can be useful to everyone as a learner.
Here are the eight intelligences and some ways that we can activate each.
- Visual/Spatial Intelligence - This intelligence involves thinking in images and pictures. We can activate our visual/spatial intelligence by analyzing the visual aids in our textbooks and by creating mind maps, flow charts, diagrams, and pictures.
- Logical/Mathematical Intelligence - This intelligence involves numbers and reasoning. We can activate our logical/mathematical intelligence by studying formulas, doing calculations, and solving puzzles.
- Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence - This intelligence is language-based and involves the ability to speak and write. We can activate our verbal/linguistic intelligence by trying to learn new words each day, reading, listening to news on the radio, getting involved in debates, and participating actively in class discussions.
- Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence - This intelligence involves body movements and handling objects. We can activate our bodily/kinesthetic intelligence by using our motor skills regularly through exercises like jogging, playing sports, and engaging in hands-on activities. We can also activate this intelligence as we type our assignments on our computer.
- Musical Intelligence - This intelligence involves musical abilities such as rhythm and pitch. We can activate our musical intelligence by listening to music, playing an instrument, and singing.
- Interpersonal Intelligence - This intelligence involves responding to the moods, motivations, and needs of others. It leads to good interpersonal relationships and allows us to enjoy the company of others. We can activate our interpersonal intelligence by participating in class activities and discussions, brainstorming with others, and getting involved in social activities.
- Intrapersonal Intelligence - This intelligence involves self-esteem, self-worth, and self-awareness. We can activate our intrapersonal intelligence by critically examining our strengths and weaknesses.
- Naturalist Intelligence - This intelligence involves appreciation and understanding of nature. We can activate our naturalist intelligence by linking learning experiences to the natural world. Explore nature through field trips and camping to learn about things in their natural settings.
The eight intelligences provide eight pathways to learning. You don't have to learn something using all eight pathways. Try to use those that are your strongest and are related to what you are trying to learn.