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The intelligences according to Gardner
Logical-Mathematical Intelligence--consists of the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. This intelligence is most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking.

Linguistic Intelligence-- involves having a mastery of language. This intelligence includes the ability to effectively manipulate language to express oneself rhetorically or poetically. It also allows one to use language as a means to remember information.

Spatial Intelligence-- gives one the ability to manipulate and create mental images in order to solve problems. This intelligence is not limited to visual domains-- Gardner notes that spatial intelligence is also formed in blind children.

Musical Intelligence-- encompasses the capability to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms. (Auditory functions are required for a person to develop this intelligence in relation to pitch and tone, but it is not needed for the knowledge of rhythm.)

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence-- is the ability to use one's mental abilities to coordinate one's own bodily movements. This intelligence challenges the popular belief that mental and physical activity are unrelated.

Interpersonal intelligence -- the ability to understand and discern the feelings and intentions of others.

Intrapersonal intelligence --the ability to understand one's own feelings and motivations.

What's your learning style? Learning style chart for all students

Learning style chart for older students

How do multiple intelligences effect learners?
Howard Gardner claims that all human beings have nine intelligences. However, the amount of each intelligence is different for every person. Therefore, we all have different learning styles, and learn in different ways. So, if we as teachers only cater to one learning style when we teach then it's likely that many of our students will not have their learning needs met. For example: If I am a visual learner and my teacher only explains things orally then it's very likely that I won't have as much understanding as someone who is primarily an auditory learner.

The following video shows how one school's entire focus is based on Gardner's multiple intelligences.

Resources for the classroom that support learning through multiple intelligences:

Articles that support learning through multiple intelligences: