The Multiple Intelligences: Starring My Family

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, by Howard Gardner, suggests there are seven eight ways that people can be intelligent. (The 8th, Naturalist Intelligence, was added at a later date.)

Teachers need to be aware of these 8 categories so they can reach all learners.  By recognizing, tapping into, and catering to all the intelligences students will be able to make connections across many dimensions.

Obviously, a single lesson probably cannot incorporate all 8 of these categories, but here they are for you to consider then next time you plan a lesson.

Linguistic Intelligence – This is your “Book Smart” or “Word Smart” learner. Your readers and writers.


Tweedle Dee is my book lover. Here she is finishing the 7th Harry Potter book at her brother’s baseball game.

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence – This is the student who is “Number Smart.” Loves math, thinks logically, recognizes patterns.


My kids each have their strengths. Tweedle Ian’s is math. This boy will play math games on the iPad because he can, not because he has to.

Interpersonal Intelligence These folks are “People Smart.” They work well with others.


Perhaps one of the most “People Smart” people I know…my baby brother (pictured here with us.) He has always been a diplomatic leader and the life of the party.

Intrapersonal Intelligence – This type of learner is what they call “Self Smart.” They are always in tune with their inner being.


In contrast, my cat, Ellie, is all about herself. She is 100% “Me, Myself, and I Smart” (like when she wants fed at 5 a.m. and is relentless in letting me know.)

Musical Intelligence – The performers, composers, and lovers of music….the “Music Smart”.


Tweedle Ian loves his music. He is always singing and dancing and making noise. He has some musical talent in his bloodline (not from me.)

Spatial Intelligence – “Picture Smart” people. Also referred to as Visual-Spatial Intelligence.


Lost in a corn maze…Our family was not blessed with spatial intelligence in terms of direction. I am probably the strongest of all of us and I get my left and my right confused at least once a day.

Kinesthetic Intelligence – The learner who is “Body Smart” – Motor skills, coordination, athleticism


Taking after his uncle, Mr. People Smart (above), Tweedle Ian made All-Stars this season and is turning into quite the little athlete.

Naturalistic Intelligence – The “Nature Smart” individual who sees and values connections in the environment.


My “tree hugger” Tweedle Dee. She names the critters who live in our yard, she helps baby birds, and she thinks all dogs are cute (even the ugliest ones).

5 responses

  1. Your fam is too cute! And all very intelligent in their own way 🙂 Great post girl!!

    1. Thank you!! I’d like to think my kids got all their smarts from me!

  2. Love the pictures that went with this– helped my brain! Such a cool way to understand all of the wonderful people around us. Definitely will help in my classroom, too, thanks!

  3. A co-teacher/friend of mine gave her students a list of the different types of learners and helped them identify what types they were. Then, they discussed what kinds of strategies work best given their learning styles. She said it was an eye-opener for the students.

    1. You read my mind! A few links coming tomorrow for some multiple intelligences surveys. 🙂

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