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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Body/Kinesthetic Intelligence

Dr. Howard Gardner, a Harvard University education professor, developed the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. Instead of prescribing to the traditional notion of intelligence based on I.Q. testing, he proposed the possibility of multiple intelligences. You can read about the different intelligences and find more resources about the theory here. This page focuses on body/kinesthetic intelligence.

This information has been adapted from the book Multiple Intelligences & After-School Environments: Keeping All Children in Mind.

Body/Kinesthetic Intelligence

the ability to understand and master both gross motor and fine motor skills. Someone with this intelligence, like Becca, could be called BODY SMART.

A child like Becca who has this intelligence is likely to have these traits and interests:
  • Was an early crawler and/or walker.
  • Has difficulty sitting for a long time.
  • Learns best through hands-on activities.
  • Is very physically active and/or well-coordinated.
  • Has an inkling for one or more sports.
  • Has a “daredevil side.”
  • Loves being outdoors.
  • Uses lots of hand gestures and body language in conversation.
  • Likes performing (skits, plays, puppet shows, etc.).
  • Is attracted to creative movement activities (dance, ballet, gymnastics, etc.).

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