Multiple Intelligence Assessment Ideas

Multiple Intelligence Assessment Ideas

A good assessment instrument can be a learning experience. But more to the point, it is extremely
desirable to have assessment occur in the context of students working on problems, projects, or
products that genuinely engage them, that hold their interest and motivate them to do well. Such
exercises may not be as easy to design as the standard multiple-choice entry, but they are far
more likely to elicit a student's full repertoire of skills and to yield information that is useful for
subsequent advice and placemen

Howard Gardner
Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice

Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence

  • written essays
  • poetry writing
  • learning logs and journals
  • identify quote from reading and explain why you chose it

(all these can be posted online)

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

  • outlining
  • deductive reasoning
  • inductive reasoning

(this can be done in a discussion area)

Visual-Spatial Intelligence

  • murals and montages (have students scan or use a digital camera to post a picture of their work online)
  • create a graphic organizer or concept map based on learning/reading (use Inspiration and post a gif online)
  • draw a picture (and post online as a .gif) that represents your understanding of this week's learning and explain in a paragraph
  • post a picture/gif of one artifact that represents your intepretation of this week's themes with a paragraph explanation
  • create a visual representation of what you've learned

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

  • dramatization (describe or write a play)
  • charades and mimes (take pictures or describe)
  • human sculptures (take a picture of it and post online with a description - do with your friends)

Musical-Rhythmic Intelligence

  • creating concepts songs and raps
  • creating percussion patterns
  • illustrating with sound

(be sure students create because of copyright issues. Use the audio recorder on your computer and post file online)

Interpersonal Intelligence

  • group "jigsaws"
  • "think-pair-share"
  • assess your teammates
  • create a group collage related to the learning/reading

(these can all be done in a discussion area)

Intrapersonal Intelligence

  • personal application scenarios
  • feelings diaries and logs
  • personal goals
  • write a personal journal and reflect on readings from a specific point of view

(these can all be posted online)

Naturalist Intelligence

  • make a collage with items from nature
  • categorize words, key ideas, people
  • make connections with natural world

(can be posted online or students can post a picture)

Here's an example of activities created for the elementary level based on these areas. Adapt them for your course.

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