Middle School Academics

Theory of Multiple Intelligences

We believe that all students have been gifted to learn.  We recognize that students learn at different rates and in different ways.

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences was developed by Howard Gardner.  He has suggested that there are multiple sets of skills allowing individuals to find and resolve genuine problems they face.

  • Art Smart – Spacial Intelligence (able to picture images in head)
  • Body Smart – Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence (graceful and comfortable in bodily movement)
  • Math Smart – Logical and Mathematical Intelligence ( understands numbers, math concepts and enjoys “Brainteasers”)
  • Music Smart – Musical ( hears and creates music, appreciates melody and rhythm, hears tone and pitch)
  • Nature Smart – Naturalist Intelligence (enjoys identifying and classifying things in nature, may be interested in plants and pets)
  • People Smart – Interpersonal Intelligence (interested in other people, may have many friends and learns through collaboration)
  • Self Smart – Intrapersonal Intelligence (aware of personal feelings, may understand self better than others)
  • Word Smart – Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence (enjoys words in reading, writing and language, often has a good vocabulary)

God has gifted everyone and He allows us to learn.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)

Brain Compatible Elements of Instruction (Kovalik and Olson, 2005)

We recognize the Brain Compatible Elements of Instruction and Use a Variety of Instructional Strategies with Students:

    • Absence of Threat / Nurturing Reflective Thinking
    • Mastery
    • Adequate Time
    • Collaboration
    • Movement
    • Enriched Environment
    • Immediate Feedback
    • Choices
    • Meaningful Content