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Introduction To say that all teachers have different teaching styles and approach their classrooms differently is no surprise Teaching can be called a science and an art form It is understood that effective teachers facilitate students learning by providing highly engaging learning experiences which are both motivating and challenging to students The Theory of Multiple Intelligences offers teachers yet another opportunity to hone in on their students abilities and skills while offering a unique and rewarding learning experience However just knowing about or reading about Multiple Intelligences is not sufficient One must put this theory into practical application in order to achieve the benefits of teaching to Multiple Intelligences What is the Theory of Multiple Intelligences Traditionally teaching in this country has been what is termed frontal teaching or chalk and talk Goodlad 1984 Snyder 2000 suggest that To be successful in educating all of our students we need to be aware of their individual learning styles and multiple intelligences p 2 Snyder was referring to the Theory of Multiple Intelligences that had been developed well over a decade ago Dr Howard Gardner professor of education at Harvard University developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1983 Dr Gardner originally developed the theory and identified the following seven multiple intelligences 1Linguistic intelligence - as in a playwright editor or poet 2Logical-mathematical intelligence - as in an accountant scientist or statistician 3Musical intelligence - as in a composer 4Spatial intelligence - as in an architect interior designer or airplane pilot 5Bodily kinesthetic intelligence - as in an actor dancer or athlete 6Interpersonal intelligence - as in a teacher or salesman 7Intrapersonal intelligence - demonstrated by one who others would describe as having their act together Gardners theory is that the multiple intelligences approach is adaptable it can be utilized while teaching subject matter that requires a greater deal of attention focus and knowledge as well as subjects that are more routine and basic This
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