On a quick read check about 15 statements which show your strongest intelligences that generate smart skills.
1. __ I often fidget rather than sit still; I’d rather be up and active.
2. __ I generally organize a time schedule for weekly events.
3. __ I enjoy taking photographs from different angles.
4. __ Designing a web page would be a relaxing activity for me.
5. __ I love to participate in throwing and catching games.
6. __ I’d select icons for a PowerPoint to showcase ideas with graphics.
7. __ Preparing key points to win a debate, would capture my interest.
8. __ When waiting, I tend to tap rhythms on a table.
9. __ Telling stories to others, is great fun.
10. __ For me, sketching a building seems easier than baking a cake.
11. __ When working in a group, I enjoy summing up people’s ideas.
12. __ Multiple choice tests are usually easy for me.
13. __ To show concern for others, someday I’d like to join a march.
14. __ I would really enjoy learning to play a musical instrument.
15. __ One of my favorite activities is keeping a personal journal.
16. __ As I read factual books, I tend to outline chapters.
17. __ Choosing an great metaphor to write a poem, is fun for me.
18. __ I love interacting with others on team projects.
19. __ When dining in a restaurant, I listen to background music.
20. __ I enjoy walking alone rather than having someone with me.
21. __ In novels, I compare characters’ choices with my own.
22. __ By following a map, I usually find destinations easily.
23. __ Days after I attend a concert, the melodies replay in my mind.
24. __ Whenever I catch fish, I enjoy cooking them on a campfire.
25. __ I like singing in a choir, even on a busy week.
26. __ When I write, I often tell stories based on personal experience.
27. __ I can easily identify patterns and larger meanings from data.
28. __ In all four seasons, I enjoy changes connected to nature.
29. __ My best thinking occurs when I brainstorm with other people.
30. __ Helping others complete a project brings much satisfaction.
31. __ Finding solutions for numerical problems is fun.
32. __ I’d rather write a team public release than write one alone.
33. __ Every chance I get, I participate in some sport
34. __ I’d leap to challenges of using accurate gestures in a play role.
35. __ I’d like to try a new career by completing an interest inventory.
36. __ Learning new dance steps or moving to music is satisfying.
37. __ As I walk in woods I pause quietly to observe animals’ habits.
38. __ I am drawn to water such as lakes, creeks, rivers or oceans.
39. __ I would enjoy writing an essay for a contest.
40. __ Sometimes I awake early just so to watch the sunrise.
Answers for preferred activities from survey are listed after each intelligence below. Find your strengths, and then see your intellectual mix in real life below.
Verbal-Linguistic: 7, 9, 11, 17, 39
Logical-Mathematical: 2, 12, 16, 27, 31
Visual-Spatial: 3, 4, 6, 10, 22
Musical: 8, 14, 19, 23, 25
Bodily-Kinesthetic: 1, 5, 33, 34, 36
Interpersonal: 13, 18, 29, 30, 32
Intrapersonal: 15, 20, 21, 26, 35
Naturalistic: 24, 28, 37, 38, 40
Take this survey again soon to measure your growth. originator of multiple intelligences, Harvard’s Howard Gardner defines intelligence as… “the ability to solve real-life problems, to generate new problems, and to create something meaningful or offer a service that is valued within a person’s culture or community.”
Typical strengths for persons gifted in a specific area are listed. Adapted from my book, Student Assessment that Works: A Practical Approach.
Verbal-Linguistic: tell stories, write essays, participate in interviews, converse easily with peers.
Visual-Spatial: paint, draw, design web pages, decorate rooms, make cards, create scrapbooks.
Logical-Mathematical: solve problems, balance checkbooks, make and keep schedules, budget their money.
Musical: attend concerts, play an instrument, hum melodies, sing along with others, enjoy rhythm and rhyme.
Intrapersonal: keep a personal journal, enjoy reading alone, study to answer personal questions about life.
Bodily-Kinesthetic: engage in sports, enjoy moving body to music, enjoy walking tours, use body language.
Interpersonal: join a discussion group, engage in family and community projects, enjoy debates, join chat rooms on the web.
Naturalistic: collect wildflower specimens, enjoy hunting expeditions, follow an animal’s footprints, photograph landscapes, visit the zoo.
In this survey you begin to awaken new intelligences and hopefully will ask questions linked to traditional ideas about who’s brainy and whose not. Evidence exists in neuroscience for life-changing applications to improve personal lives and careers. How does that evidence show up in your day?