Multiple Intelligences

How SMART Is Your Child?

Intelligence is thought of as a measure of a child’s academic potential and measured in standardized methods - like IQ tests. However, research suggests that intelligence is not static - it is dynamic and children continue to develop throughout life. The theory of Multiple Intelligences was founded by Harvard University Professor Howard Gardner and established that every individual is intelligent, but in their own way. According to Gardner’s theory, no form of intelligence is better than another because they are all equally viable.

However, Gardner’s research found that different cultures are biased towards and against certain types of intelligence, limiting the development of innovative instructional approaches. At GP Academy, we understand that your child is unique and has individual needs, interests and areas of strength. By broadening our view of intelligence and making opportunities available to every child, GPA is able to leverage the strengths of children to complement their less developed areas. Essentially, there are 8 different types of ‘intelligence’ as outlined by Gardner. These include:

WORD SMART

Your child is inclined to the Verbal Linguistic Intelligence which involves the ability to communicate and a love of using language in a variety of ways, through oral or writing, as opposed to pictures.

SELF SMART

Your child is inclined to the Intrapersonal Intelligence which involves self-reflection, a strong sense of self, an awareness of wants and needs, as well as thoughtfulness in making decisions about their lives.

PICTURE SMART

Your child is inclined to the Visual/Spatial Intelligence which involves a high ability to process information best using visuals, a sense of direction and an ability to think and plan in two or three dimensions.

PEOPLE SMART

Your child is inclined to the Interpersonal Intelligence which involves an ability to process information by relating to others and a high sensitivity towards others’ feelings.

NUMBER SMART

Your child is inclined to the Logical/Mathematical Intelligence which involves a curiosity about how things work, an ability to carry out calculations,  and an enjoyment in finding patterns in shapes and numbers.

NATURE SMART

Your child is inclined to the Naturalist/Environmentalist Intelligence which involves an appreciation of natural wonders and phenomena, a genuine care for the environment and an ability to see the connection within the natural world.

MUSIC SMART

Your child is inclined to the. Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence which involves a high ability to perceive pitch, tone and rhythmic patterns and learning best through music and sound.

BODY SMART

Your child is inclined to the. Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence which involves using body parts to communicate or express oneself and the ability to coordinate bodily movements well.