Multiple Intelligences

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The Multiple Intelligences: Incorporating Into the Classroom

          Intelligence is something we all have.   It is the way our minds process and break down information into what we know as facts and knowledge.   Howard Gardner, a theorist and psychologist, explains intelligence to be, “…the ability to solve problems, or to create products, that are valued within one or more cultural settings.”   (Gardner, 5)   As his definition of intelligence explains to us one of the most important tools of the human mind he also theorized that there was more than just one intelligence.   He formulated a list of seven intelligences he called the “multiple intelligences.” Gardner explained the multiple intelligences as part of the individual, seeing every one persons’ intelligence as individualistic.   These seven multiple intelligences were named the verbal/linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical, kinesthetic, logical/mathematical, and visual/spatial intelligences.   The seven and later an eighth called the naturalistic intelligence were said to not be individual but all work together in some way.   Once theorized, the intelligences became the framework for meeting the needs of the individual in classrooms abroad.   Gardner strongly believed in the success of the individual which is why he geared this towards teachers and the learner.   Teachers should incorporate the multiple intelligences into their everyday lessons to meet the needs of the individual.
One of the most common and focused on multiple intelligences is the verbal/linguistic intelligence.   The verbal/linguistic intelligence is characterized by a person who has well-developed verbal skills and sensitivity to the sounds, meanings and rhythms of words.   (Birmingham Grid for Learning) People with a highly developed verbal/linguistic intelligence normally display a lot of skill with words and language.   Their auditory skills often tend to be very developed, and they learn best when they can...