Which of the Gardner intelligences are you?

The famous Dr. Howard Gardner, an American psychologist, once said, “Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences.” In this quote, Gardner states that even though we all learn and think in some different ways it is how we learn that can be molded to guide us along the way.

For educational purposes teaching or guiding your learners has to intrinsically be a personal act. Since you would have to know them to some degree to know how they learn through one of Gardner’s multiple intelligences. Those intelligences include:

  • Existential
  • Linguistic
  • Logical
  • Musical
  • Spatial
  • Kinesthetic
  • Intrapersonal
  • Interpersonal
  • Naturalist

Which one of these do you fall under? I am intrapersonal.


Having the knowledge of all of your students intelligences within this model is hard enough to comprehend and even harder still to plan a lesson around it by seeking the same outcomes. The teacher would likely have to retain a general approach in order to seek the outcomes in a timely manner. Injections of special ways to introduce other intelligences in certain lessons may be beneficial to allow different pathways for learning the content. Students needs are categorized based on learning preferences in this model. This may lead to personal bias against students of say a musical background if the teacher had no musical talent whatsoever (aka me).

In my memory of school a general method of teaching was about 90% of the lessons. That being transmission-based learning with slight group work components for assignments/ projects. Of course, always a written test at least for the selection of classes I had taken.

Would you find it difficult or easy to teach in a setting that took into account differing intelligences?

2 thoughts on “Which of the Gardner intelligences are you?

  1. Miss Mac

    Brendan, you really explore this quote well. I love that you talk about the varying ways of learning, and how you claim you have no musical talent! As someone who does have (some) musical talent, I think you’d be surprised on how easy it is to make musical and do other strands of the fine arts. Often in high school and elementary depending on the Teacher, they might make fine arts seem scary. The reality is everyone can do it – it’s just about your own mind deciding what is and is not perfect. If you allow yourself to be free from your own criticism, I’m sure you’d be capable of making fantastic work! I think this is why Arts Education has benefited me as a Teacher, because it demands me to take science, math, and other subjects and turn them into interactive art classes! Perhaps you’d like to give that perspective a try sometime?


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