Exploring The Seven Different Intelligences

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When I do school visits, one of the things kids seem most fascinated by is when I tell them there is more than one kind of smart. They are surprised to learn that there are, in fact, at least seven different intelligences and that not all of them are measured by the grades on their report card or how well they perform on standardized tests. It is heartwarming (and heartbreaking) to see the looks of profound relief on their young faces when I explain to them that whatever kind of smart they are, it can help them be a better writer. These seven different kinds of smart are:

  • Word Smart (linguistic intelligence)
  • Math Smart (numerical/reasoning/logic intelligence)
  • Physically smart (kinesthetic intelligence)
  • Music Smart (musical intelligence)
  • People Smart (interpersonal intelligence)
  • Self Smart (intrapersonal intelligence)
  • Visually Smart (Spatial intelligence)

But kids aren’t the only ones relieved to hear of these different forms of intelligences. For any parent of a kid who’s struggled in school, learning of the seven different intelligences can be like stumbling upon a life raft.

[Read the rest of the article by R. L. LaFevers over at at GeekMom!]

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