Multiple Intelligences Test – Is it necessary?

Have you ever tried to do a multiple intelligences test? Someone says yes, others say no and no matter how you answer, I would have to say that you should because of several reasons. Specifically, with regard to Primary English Language Teaching, Multiple Intelligence Test is very essential for the teacher to make an effective lesson.

May be you wonder what the multiple intelligence test is or simply, it is the definition that contains alot of questions. Well ,you know Dr. Howard Gardner developed the multiple intelligence (MI) theory. The theory basically indicates multiple intelligence tests for children measure. Having said that there are alot of intelligence, each of them expresses different aspects in each person, even each child. According to http://kids.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Multiple_Intelligence_Test_for_Children, I have had some results as follows:

Linguistic intelligence

Linguistic intelligence relates to words and/or word meanings. A child with strengths in linguistic intelligence will:

  • Remember words and meanings
  • Write poetry
  • Enjoy reading
  • Play word games
  • Put words easily into orders and patterns

Logical-mathematical intelligence

Logical-mathematical intelligence is related to numbers and/or reasoning. A child who is strong in logical-mathematical will:

  • Create mathematical sequences
  • Solve puzzles
  • Conduct experiments
  • Have an inquisitive nature
  • See patterns and relationships

Visual-Spatial intelligence

Visual-Spatial intelligence relates to space and images. Children with this skill:

  • Have a visual memory
  • Like to draw
  • Are more likely to be artists and designers
  • Learn from charts and graphs
  • Like visual puzzles

Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence

Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence is related to controlling body motions and manual dexterity type skills. Children with bodily-kinesthetic intelligence:

  • Work with their hands
  • Like movement
  • Act things out
  • Learn by doing
  • Like touch

Musical intelligence

Musical intelligence relates to musical skills. Children with this ability will:

  • Learn through music or rhythms
  • Create music
  • Identify with music
  • Play a musical instrument
  • Be sensitive to sounds around them

Interpersonal intelligence

Interpersonal intelligence focuses on relating to people. Children with interpersonal intelligence:

  • Can read other people and their emotions
  • Have a lot of charisma
  • Are typically leaders
  • Have a lot of friends
  • Learn through groups and interaction

Intrapersonal intelligence

Intrapersonal intelligence allows one to understand his inner world. Children with intrapersonal intelligence:

  • Prefer to work alone
  • Are usually quiet
  • Are deep thinkers
  • Like to reflect
  • Have a strong will and strong opinions

Naturalist intelligence

Naturalist intelligence relates to sensitivity toward other living things, such as animals and plants. Children with naturalist intelligence will:

  • Recognize and classify things in nature
  • Show an interest in Earth sciences
  • Enjoy being outdoors
  • Describe relationships in nature
  • Show concern for the environment

It is clear that MIT help teacher to focus on students’ strengths and reduce weakness. Therefore, it is important for teacher to know how to work with the different intelligence and be able to use various teaching methods, even teacher can give suitable and interesting activities for students to develop intelligences which they are weak.

Not only can teacher present the lessons in a wide variety of ways using music, cooperative learning, art activities and role play, but he/she also build up their lessons in a way which engage all or almost of intelligences. Through MIT, they can see active learners or successful learners in order to give appropriate encouragements and instructions for learners. Meanwhile, students have different strengths and learning styles but teacher can teach them effeciently in different ways. Moreover, it helps teacher see which intelligences are outstanding for each students to create a learning environment that is suitable for each student.

There is something I want to share with you for MIT. Enjoy reading and feel free to comments.

One thought on “Multiple Intelligences Test – Is it necessary?

  1. dear nhung! thanks for posting. can you tell me more clearly how to teach English through kinds of intelligence? thanks to your writing, i know more children’s development as well as humans . after reading your essay, i will understand more about kids and choose methods that are suitable for them and help them to learn english better

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