This is some material to help students prepare for class. This lesson will be taught in week 12 (Nov 14-19). Please read over the material below prior to coming to class. If you have any questions, come and see me or send my an email.

There are different kinds of intelligence. We did a quick test in the class to see what kind of intelligence you have. A longer test will give more accurate results. Have a go at the test below and see how you score.




You enjoy word play. Making puns, tongue-twisters, limericks.

You read everything – books, magazines, newspapers, even product labels.

You can easily express yourself either orally or in writing, i.e. you’re a good story-teller or writer.

You pepper your conversation with frequent allusions to things you’ve read or heard.

You like to do crosswords, play Scrabble or have a go at other word puzzles.

People sometimes have to ask you to explain a word you’ve used.

In school you preferred subjects such as English, history and social studies.

You can hold your own in verbal arguments or debates.

You like to talk through problems, explain solutions, ask questions.

You can readily absorb information from the radio or audio cassettes.




You enjoy working with numbers and can do mental calculations.

You’re interested in new scientific advances.

You can easily balance your cheque book; do the household budget.

You like to put together a detailed itinerary for vacations or business trips.

You enjoy the challenge of brain teasers or other puzzles that require logical thinking.

You tend to find the logical flaws in things people say and do.

Maths and science were among your favourite subjects in school.

You can find specific examples to support a general point of view.

You take a systematic, step-by-step approach to problem-solving.

You need to categorise, group or quantify things to properly appreciate their relevance.




You have an appreciation of the arts.

You tend to make a visual record of events with a camera or camcorder.

You find yourself doodling when taking notes or thinking through something.

You have no problem reading maps and navigating.

You enjoy visual games such as jigsaw puzzles and mazes.

You’re quite adept at taking things apart and putting them back together.

In school you liked lessons in art and preferred geometry to algebra.

You often make your point by providing a diagram or drawing.

You can visualize how things look from a different perspective.

You prefer reading material that is heavily illustrated.




You can play a musical instrument.

You can manage to sing on key.

Usually, you can remember a tune after hearing it just a couple of times.

You often listen to music at home and in your car.

You find yourself tapping in time to music.

You can identify different musical instruments.

Theme music or commercial jingles often pop into your head.

You can’t imagine life without music.

You often whistle or hum a tune.

You like a musical background when you’re working.




You take part in a sport or regularly perform some kind of physical exercise.

You’re quite adept at ‘do-it-yourself.’

You like to think through problems while engaged in a physical pursuit such as walking or running.

You don’t mind getting up on the dance floor.

You like the most thrilling rides at the fun fair.

You need to physically handle something to fully understand it.

The most enjoyable classes in school were PE and any handicrafts lessons.

You use hand gestures or other kinds of body language to express yourself.

You like rough and tumble play with children.

You need to tackle a new learning experience ‘hands on’ rather than reading a manual or watching a video.




You enjoy working with other people as part of a group or committee.

You take great pride in being a mentor to someone else.

People tend to come to you for advice.

You prefer team sports—such as basketball, softball, soccer, football—to individual sports such as swimming and running.

You like games involving other people—bridge, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit.

You’re a social butterfly. You would much prefer to be at a party rather than home alone watching television.

You have several very close personal friends.

You communicate well with people and can help resolve disputes.

You have no hesitation in taking the lead; showing other people how to get things done.

You talk over problems with others rather than trying to resolve them by yourself.




You keep a personal diary or log to record your innermost thoughts.

You often spend ‘quiet time’ reflecting on the important issues in your life.

You have set your own goals—you know where you’re going.

You are an independent thinker—you know your own mind, make up your own mind.

You have a private hobby or interest which you don’t really share with anyone else.

You like to go fishing by yourself or take a solitary hike. You’re happy with your own company.

Your idea of a good vacation is an isolated hilltop cabin rather than a five-star resort and lots of people.

You have a realistic idea of your own strengths and weaknesses.

You have attended self-improvement workshops or been through some kind of counselling to learn more about yourself.

You work for yourself—or have seriously contemplated ‘doing your own thing.’




You keep or like pets.

You can recognize and name many different types of trees, flowers and plants.

You have an interest in and good knowledge of how the body works—where the main internal organs are, for example, and you keep abreast on health issues.

You are conscious of tracks, nests and wildlife while on a walk and can ‘read’ weather signs.

You could envision yourself as a farmer or maybe you like to fish.

You are a keen gardener.

You have an understanding of, and interest in, the main global environmental issues.

You keep reasonably informed about developments in astronomy, the origins of the universe and the evolution of life.

You are interested in social issues, psychology and human motivations.

You consider that conservation of resources and achieving sustainable growth are two of the biggest issues of our times.

The Seven Multiple Intelligences


Children who are strongly:





in words

>reading, writing, telling stories, playing word games, etc.

>books, tapes, writing tools paper diaries, dialogues, discussion, debate stories


>by reasoning

>experimenting, questioning, figuring out puzzles, calculating, etc.

>things to explore and think about, science materials, manipulatives, trips to the planetarium and science museum


>in images and pictures

>designing, drawing, visualizing, doodling, etc.

>art, LEGOs, video, movies, slides, imagination games, mazes, puzzles, illustrated books, trips to art museums


>through somatic sensations

>dancing, running, jumping, building, touching, gesturing, etc.

>role play, drama, movement, things to build, sports and physical games, tactile experiences, hands-on learning


>via rhythms and melodies

>singing, whistling, humming, tapping feet and hands, listening, etc..

>sing-along time trips to concerts, music playing at home and school, musical instruments


>by bouncing ideas off other people

>leading, organizing, relating, manipulating, mediating, partying, etc.

>friends, group games, social gatherings, community events, clubs, mentors/apprenticeships


>deeply inside themselves

setting goals, meditating, dreaming, being quiet,

secret places, time alone, self-paced projects, choices