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Theory of Multiple Intelligences

All children are gifted All children can learn
 
OPA incorporates the Theory of Multiple Intelligences as the foundation of our school’s philosophy. This theory states that each of us possess at least eight intelligences that characterize the way we learn. Utilizing this theory as an instructional approach increases retention, thereby, producing optimum academic success for our students. The goal is to create a school environment that focuses on the following premise: all children can learn, and all are gifted.
 
Teaching the State Standards through all eight intelligences allows students to learn, comprehend, and retain information due to receiving instruction in a variety of methodologies. As all eight intelligences are addressed, we optimize the learning styles and modalities of all the students in our classes. Empowering children to think, create, and explore ensures that they will successfully meet the state adopted standards.
The Eight Domains of Intelligence
 
Word Smart Number Smart Picture Smart Music Smart
Linguistic Logical/Mathematical Spatial Musical
LIKES TO
read
write
tell stories
give speeches
tell jokes/spin tall tales
LIKES TO
do experiments
figure things out
work with numbers
ask questions
analyze & make predictions
LIKES TO
draw, build, design & create things
daydream
view pictures/movies
see/use colors
LIKES TO
sing and hum tunes
listen to music
play an instrument
collect CDs
watch musicals
EXCELS AT
memorizing trivia
writing
using extensive vocabulary
spelling
playing word games
EXCELS AT
mathematics
reasoning
logic
problem solving
using technology
EXCELS AT
using imagination
sensing environment
mazes/puzzles
reading maps & charts
visual arts
EXCELS AT
picking up sounds
remembering melodies
noticing pitches/rhythms
keeping time
singing songs
LEARNS BEST BY
reading
writing
speaking
hearing & seeing language
discussions and debates
humor incorporated in learning
LEARNS BEST BY
categorizing
classifying
working with abstract patterns/relationships
using the computer
making time to complete tasks
LEARNS BEST BY
visualizing
dreaming
stimulating environment
working with colors/pictures
audio/visual materials
LEARNS BEST BY
rhythms, rhyme & repetition
information put to a beat
playing music while working
performing in skits & musicals
using song lyrics to memorize
Body Smart People Smart Self Smart Nature Smart
Bodily/Kinesthetic Interpersonal Intrapersonal Naturalist
LIKES TO
move around
work with hands
use body language
exercise
gesture frequently
LIKES TO
solve problems
talk to people
join groups and clubs
be a leader
have lots of friends
LIKES TO
work independently
pursue own interests
have strong opinions
work on independent games
have many choices
LIKES TO
garden
hike, camp, walk & climb
care for pets & wildlife
recycle
spend time outdoors
EXCELS AT
physical activities
sports/dance
crafts
drama/acting
mechanics
EXCELS AT
understanding people
leading others
socializing
persuading others
mediating conflicts
EXCELS AT
understanding self
focusing inward on feelings/ dreams
pursuing interests & goals
being original
EXCELS AT
collecting
categorizing
recognizing plants & animals
understanding native surroundings
recycling
LEARNS BEST BY
doing
moving
role playing
hands-on experiences
action packed stories/drama
LEARNS BEST BY
working in a group
cooperating with others
sharing their ideas
communicating
debating
LEARNS BEST BY
individualized projects
self-paced instruction
having private space & time
working independently
reflecting, thinking, & visualizing
 
LEARNS BEST BY
classifying information
observing
doing experiments
using telescopes & binoculars
exploring the environment