Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How Are You Smart?

How We are Smart Board
Miss Trayers over at Not Just Child's Play had a lovely post about multiple intelligences a few weeks ago.  She used How We are Smart to introduce the kinds of smart.  I got the book from the library a couple of days ago and we have been reading smart by smart.  Then we thought about how we might learn best. 

I printed a page that had a simple graphic for each of the "smarts."  (Just did a google image search for one.) 
Then we started thinking about what one best fit us and how we would show that.
"I am picture smart because I make pictures to show my ideas."
"I am music smart because I am good at music."
"I am picture smart because I love drawing.  I can use drawing for math and tell stories."
"I am picture smart because I like inventing things."
"I am math smart because I can do subtraction, plus, mulitplication, and division..."it goes on:-)
I didn't give a lot of direction for what they did to show how they were smart.  I did have mine finished and I wrote going around the edge, in a circle.  So some kids copied that and others just wrote somewhere on the page.  I found their thoughts fascinating.  They probably don't completely get the whole multiple intelligence thing, but maybe the grasped a piece:-)

I am music smart....I would like to be body smart, so I could do what the amazing people on So You Think You Can Dance do!  What smart are you?

Happy Tuesday,


  1. I'm music smart too. You're teacher smart. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. What a great way to get the kids to think about their strengths and to know that it's okay to be different. I love this!
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  3. Love it. Your kids did a great job. I used to do a multiple intelligence type of survey thing... similar to this... with my first graders... but they just wanted to say all of them. I love that the older kids "get it" a little more. :D

    Today my brain feels like its lacking in all areas of smarts! :P
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  4. I read her post. I need to check out the book. This would be great to introduce multiple intelligences.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

  5. What a surprise (and an honor!). I'm reading your blog and see my name! Your kids did such a great job with it, so creative and such thoughtful answers! I do agree the older kids probably understand it better.

    I would love to be body smart too (I guess you don't fall into that category if you trip over your own feet on a daily basis, right? :)-I think I'm probably more picture smart-very visual learner.