What are the Multiple Intelligences?

  • At Douglas, it's not “How smart are you?”  It's “How are you smart?”  We understand that we are smart in many ways...the multiple intelligence ways!

    Based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, teaching, learning and assessing at Douglas is designed to address all the different ways that students are smart.  Gardner’s theory has particularly strong ramifications in the classroom.  If we can identify each student's strengths among these intelligences, we can accommodate all children more successfully in the classroom.  You can see, hear and feel the difference this creates for our students as they progress in their learning.  Students are actively engaged, teachers are enjoying teaching; and, there's a beautiful hum throughout the entire building.   

    How are you smart?  In which of these eight way do prefer to learn:

    • Visual-Spatial/Art Smart - Learning visually and organizing ideas spatially.  The ability to "see" things in one's mind.
    • Verbal-Linguistic/Word Smart - Learning through the spoken and written word.
    • Logical-Mathematical/Math Smart - Learning through reasoning and problem solving.
    • Bodily-Kinesthetic/Body Smart - Learning through interaction with one's environment and concrete experience.
    • Musical-Rhythmic/Music Smart - Learning through patterns, rhythms and music.
    • Intrapersonal/Self Smart - Learning through feelings, values and attitudes.
    • Interpersonal/People Smart - Learning through interaction, collaboration and working cooperatively with others.
    • Naturalist/Nature Smart - Learning through classification, categories and hierarchies.