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  Research-based Curriculum > Multiple Intelligences

Ask not “How smart is this student?”
but “How is this student smart?”

Dr. Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences states that children develop preferred ways for learning. According to him, the traditional notion of a single IQ is severely limited. In the past, verbal, logic and math skills were equated with ‘intelligence’, while skills in areas such as art, music or social behaviour were seen simply as ‘talents’. In contrast, Dr. Gardner says all areas should be equally valued and be called intelligences. Further, all intelligences are present in each of us, though in varying degrees. Thus, each individual has a unique intelligence profile, which he/she uses to make sense of the world.


Type of intelligence

Most importantly, a child learns best when material is presented as per his/her predominant intelligence. At KKEL, we bring content to students through multiple routes thus multiplying their chances of understanding.

We also try to develop all the intelligences through all grades, so that students can discover the ones they are particularly strong in, and use those to the utmost in life.

For a few illustrative examples of Multiple Intelligences, refer to:

Catering to Multiple Intelligences for preschool

Type of intelligence It means the ability to… How it is developed

(Word Smart)
Absorb information and communicate through reading, writing, speaking and listening Story telling, Nursery rhymes/songs, Books, Labelling objects, Sight word reading, Letter matching, Easel art, Crayon scribbling

(Number Smart)
Use numbers and reasoning effectively Matching games, Activities that allow children to sort items by size, shape and colour, Patterning (Pegs/peg boards), puzzles

(Picture Smart)
Visualize and create representations of what one sees Painting, Drawing, Finger painting, Collage making, Making objects out of play dough, Block building, Books, Puzzles, Movies and charts

(Body Smart)
Understand and master both gross motor and fine motor skills Playing with balls, Jumping into hoops, Marching, Dance, Aerobics, Role play, Block play, Puzzles and all other fine motor activities

(Music Smart)
Relate to music through enjoyment, creation and performance of it Singing songs, reciting rhymes, playing with musical instruments, music/movement activities

(People Smart)
Interact with people and understand them and their behaviours Community helpers as guest speakers, Role/dramatic play and field trips

(Self Smart)
Understand oneself, including one’s feelings and motivations Art activities, Worksheets, Computers, Book corner, Free art

(Nature Smart)
Recognize, appreciate and understand the natural world Pet visits, Nature related art projects, Painting with twigs/sticks,
Exploring toys that represent nature (rubber toys of animals and insects), Pretend outdoor activity (rowing a boat, fishing, going on a hunt), Exploring different textures in nature (water, gravel, twigs, leaves)

Catering to Multiple Intelligences (Grade 1-12)

With an increase in age /grade the complexity of the mentioned activities advances.

Type of intelligence A child strong in this intelligence is probably This intelligence is developed through

(Word Smart)

Early and avid talkers who like to write and tell stories and enjoy reading or being read to Skilful at explaining things and using language to express their ideas and thoughts. Enjoy playing with language, using new words and funny twists in language.

Prose and poetry comprehension.
Poetry recitation.
Story telling.
Creative writing.
Dictionary skills.

(Number Smart)
Love patterns and categories.
Enjoy finding out how things work and how they differ.
Show an ability in playing with numbers, calculating and experimenting.
Enjoy logical arguments and reasons and often ask ‘why’ questions.
Number stories (Word problems).
Estimating and measuring activities.
Games that require logical thinking.
Science experiments.

(Picture Smart)
Enjoy drawing, painting, modelling and making designs. 
Are good visualizers, that is, can imagine what  something looks like and are able to reproduce it.
Have a strong imagination and can find their way around easily, without getting lost
Drawing and painting.
Jigsaw puzzles, mazes and other visual puzzles.
Creating, constructing and modelling activities.
Making projects.

(Body Smart)
Usually very active, well coordinated or graceful.
Enjoy and are good at physical movement or making and manipulating things.                       
Good at sports.
Enjoy using their bodies to communicate through miming.
Messy, hands-on activities like papier-mâché, clay or finger painting.
Creative movement activities (dance, gymnastics, etc.)
Skits and puppet shows.
Outdoor games.

(Music Smart)
Love making music and are fascinated by sounds, both environmental (honking horns, chirping birds) and deliberate (music).
Can remember tunes easily or recognise familiar tunes when played differently.
Learn new songs readily and have a good sense of  rhythm and pitch.
Relate to music through enjoyment, creation and performance of it.
Movement oriented activities (dances, songs with gestures and movements).                     
Listening to music.
Playing musical instruments.
Singing songs as a group.

(People Smart)
Interested  in people and their behaviour.
Often show leadership or organisational skills when playing with other children.
Show skills in understanding other people’s feelings and are usually good at playing cooperatively with others and sometimes at acting. 
Cooperative/group activities like group projects.
Group sports like basketball.
Interactive games.
Drama and role playing.

(Self Smart)
Can reflect their strengths and weaknesses and are able to talk about why they did what they did, or about what they plan to do in the future.
Can set and achieve goals.
Activities that allow for silence and reflection.
Activities that can be done alone, for example computers.
Activities that help the children to keep track of their thoughts and projects (journals, diaries).
Self-paced, independent work.

(Nature Smart)
Show a fascination with nature and notice differences in living things, such as insects, birds and rocks that others miss.
Usually good with animals or growing things
Nature -related themes (Plants, Amazing Animals, Survival, etc).
Nature-related art projects (leaf rubbings, drawing nature scenes, etc.).
Indoor nature projects (planting saplings, recycling, etc.).
Outdoor nature discoveries.
Outdoor play.

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