Friday, October 24, 2008

Multiple Intelligences

Always wondered what types of intelligences I have so I googled for tests and arrived at the site called, Multiple Intelligences for Adult Literacy and Education.

I took the test, with the following results:

Your top three intelligences:
Intelligence Score (5.0 is highest)

Musical (5.00)

You like the rhythm and sound of language. You like poems, songs, and jingles. You enjoy humming or singing along with music. You probably remember things well when they are associated with music or rhythm. Try to incorporate sounds into your lessons, such as using a familiar tune, song, or rap beat to teach spelling rules, or to remember words in a series for a
test. Here are some other ways to use your musical intelligence:

  • Create a poem with an emphasis on certain sounds for pronunciation.
  • Clap out or walk out the sounds of syllables.
  • Read together (choral reading) to work on fluency and intonation.
  • Read a story with great emotion — sad, then happy, then angry. Talk about what changes — is it only tone?
  • Work with words that sound like what they mean (onomatopoeia). For example: sizzle, cuckoo, smash.
  • Read lyrics to music.
  • Use music as background while reviewing and for helping to remember new material.
  • Use rhymes to remember spelling rules, i.e., "I before E except after C."

Spatial (4.00)

You remember things visually, including exact sizes and shapes of objects. You like posters, charts, and graphics. You like any kind of visual clues. You enjoy drawing. Effective techniques of enhancing your learning using your spatial intelligence include creating and/or using pictures, maps, diagrams, and graphs as you learn things. Other suggestions:

  • Write a language experience story and then illustrate it.
  • Color code words so each syllable is a different color.
  • Write a word on the blackboard with a wet finger. Visualize the word as it disappears. See if you can spell it afterwards.
  • Take a survey. Put the information in a chart.
  • Write words vertically.
  • Cut out words from a magazine and use them in a letter.
  • Visualize spelling words.
  • Use colorful newspapers like USA Today.
  • Use crossword puzzles.

Self (3.86)

You have a very good sense of self. You like to spend time by yourself and think things over. You will often take in information from another person, mull it over by yourself, and come back to that person later to discuss it. You like working on projects on your own. You often prefer to learn by trial and error. Effective techniques to enhance your learning include keeping a journal and giving yourself time to reflect on new ideas and information. More ideas:

  • Go on "guided imagery" tours.
  • Set aside time to reflect on new ideas and information.
  • Encourage journal writing.
  • Work on the computer.
  • Practice breathing for relaxation.
  • Use brainstorming methods before reading.
  • Listen to and read "how to" tapes and books.
  • Read cookbooks.

The scores for your other five intelligences:

Social 3.71
Nature 3.57
Language 3.29
Body movement 3.29
Logic/math 3.14

Just because these five are not in your top three doesn’t mean you’re not strong in them. If your average score for any intelligence is above three, you’re probably using that intelligence quite often to help you learn. Take a look at the Practice section to see how to engage all your intelligences.

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The Chronicler's Creed

Where there's water and sun, where there are friends to see or new people to meet, where there's something new to learn, experience, or do, where there's life, there I will be.


Y fue a esa edad... Llegó la poesía
a buscarme. No sé, no sé de dónde
salió, de invierno o río.
No sé cómo ni cuándo,
no, no eran voces, no eran
palabras, ni silencio,
pero desde una calle me llamaba,
desde las ramas de la noche,
de pronto entre los otros,
entre fuegos violentos
o regresando solo,
allí estaba sin rostro
y me tocaba.

And it was at that age... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I do not know, I do not know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I do not know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

- An excerpt from LA POESÍA (Poetry) by Pablo Neruda