Multiple Intelligences

“The supreme art of the teacher is to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”-- Albert Einstein

We chose this topic because it is relevant to everything teachers do in the classroom. If we don't cater our lessons to the different learning styles, the information will not be accessible to all learners. It is important to teach kids about their strengths to build metacognitive awareness and to help students feel empowered enough to take risks. By understanding multiple intelligences and teaching specific learning strategies that support them, students have the tools they need to become self-reliant learners who, ultimately, "own" their education.


We found this colorful, and informative graphic organizer of the multiple intelligences on

Top 5 Things We Learned

1. Different ways to assess multiple intelligences
2. The ways in which Multiple Intelligence Theory compares and contrasts to traditional intelligence theories
3. Dr. Howard Gardner's views on the implications of Multiple Intelligence Theory and issues in schools today (standardized tests, traditional instructional strategies and
curriculum, etc)
4. A method of designing differentiated instruction for multiple intelligences and Bloom's Taxonomy.
5. The types of discourse that occur in order to modify the curriculum in an existing school to accommodate multiple intelligences.

We found this kid-friendly multiple intelligences survey at
Birmingham Grid for Learning
This is a really great website with survey questions kids can answer to find their learning styles. After the questions kids will find a colorful pie chart illustrating their intelligence styles. It also gives a brief description of each learning style. We give is a score 5/5 because it gives an overview of the different intelligences, it has a survey in kid-friendly language, and it shows the results in a colorful pie chart. I have used this with kids and they love to see their different kinds of smarts in the pie chart.

We found this website on
It is an online educational workshop on multiple intelligences. It compares the theory of multiple intelligences with traditional threories of intelligences in an easy-to-read side by side T-chart. We give is a score 5/5 because it is a very comprehensive site. It gives an overview of M.I., it lists benefits, criticisms, and more resources.

We found this amazing website on
It has multiple intelligences and bloom's taxonomy grids for different topics. These grids show how to make the topic accessible to different learning styles and connects the content to the various levels of bloom's taxonomy. We give is a score 5/5 because the grids can be as a tool in the classroom. Not only does it provide relevant examples, it also models a practical method for designing future units or lessons for any topic of study.

We found this great online chat with Dr. Howard Gardner on
This is an online chat with Howard Gardner, who created the theory of multiple intelligences. It addresses some common misunderstandings about multiple intelligences. Dr. Gardner discusses his views on standardized tests, traditional curriculum, and background information about the research that led to the multiple intelligences theory. He also discusses some challenges that teachers face in regards to multiple intelligences. We give is a score 5/5 because it provides a broad overview of the implications of multiple intelligences in public schools.

We found this video with Dr. Howard Gardner on
In this video, Gardner talks about the kinds of learning activities that are conducive to supporting multiple intelligences and long-term learning. We give is a score 5/5 because he details the types of activities that make the content accessible to various learning styles, he emphasizes the importance of assessment and feedback, and he explains why self-assessment is so essential for students.

We found this video on
This a great video because it shows Indianapolis' Key Learning Community's conversations around integrating multiple intelligences into the school curriculum. We give is a score 4/5 because it shows the process of discussing HOW to integrate multiple intelligences into an already established school curriculum. It also highlights the benefits children receive in this sort of educational environment, as well as the limitations and restrictions placed upon the school by No Child Left Behind.

We found this great PPT on
If you are interested in teaching kids about the learning styles to increase their metacognitive awareness, this is a good slideshow for that. We give is a score 3/5 because it is a very basic overview. Visually, the format could be more dynamic, but it is a good introduction for kids.

We found this PPT on
It is a great introduction to multiple intelligences for adults. We give is a score 4/5 because each slide is clear, easy to read, and it has a simple graphic that correlates to the content.