I began to use various teaching tactics to meet the various intelligences in my classroom. The following is a list of some examples on how to incorporate multiple intelligences into the mathematics classroom:
Chanting of math facts and using rhythmic activities such as using tunes from songs.
Using visual aids such as pictorial representations of concepts (mindmap, drawing, chart) and manipulatives.
Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence
Using manipulatives; movement to represent a concept, for example, representing a circle and its parts (diamter, circumference, radius) by using the students.
Recognizing patterns in natural objects: lines, shapes, repetitions, or cycles. Graphing these patterns using various graphs (i.e. histogram, bar graph etc.)
maintaining a journal of problem solving approaches or to raise questions about what they don't understand, giving presentations to classmates.
Independent projects, providing options.
Working collaboratively, in pairs or in groups on math investigations, peer editing to practice critiquing another students solution to learn how to give and receive feedback.
Students can plan various strategies to solve problems, analyzing data, using organizers(webs, mind maps, flow charts) to enhance thinking.
Many teachers question using Multiple Intelligences because of the fact that student interests and strengths at the intermediate level continue to form and change. Thus, they may think that multiple intelligences may still be too soon to use because students may not have any real idea of who they are or how they learn best. In addition, intermediate teachers may also feel that instead of focusing on student strengths, attention should be given to student weaknesses because intermediate students are still at the age where they are still learning. What do you think?