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Multiple Intelligence from William Breitsprecher

Perhaps the first thing to look at when we think about careers are the different ways we share our special talents with others.  This slideshow looks at the different types of "smarts" or intelligence.  We are all unique, with valuable skills to share with others.  Want to learn more about your special skills?  Then check out this online multiple intelligence inventory.

Eight Learning Styles / What's Your "Style"?

Finding the "Right" Job is Important

If you are going to go to work everyday, you might as well try and find ways to enjoy it, right?  How do you know if you have the "right" job?  Well, that's hard to say, but here are some things that we might want to look for in a job:

  • Enjoy going to work
  • Feel enthusiastic, energized
  • Feel a sense of optimism about your future
  • Pride when describing your work
  • Believe that you are making a positive contribution, making a difference
  • Respect and enjoy the people you work with

If finding the "right" job is important, than one thing should be clear - the "right" job varies from person-to-person.  How do we find a job that is "right" for us?  The key is to start by knowing yourself.

Why?  First of all, jobs are changing.  Our economy is changing.  Trying to pick the "right" job by looking at how work is done today.  Yes, its important to look at the skills we have, the things we are interested in, and values that are important to us.  We also want to spend some time thinking about ourselves.  Job and work-duties will change.  Are we ready to change with them?

To find the "right" job, we want to think about how we will be able to adapt and continue to feel that our job is "right."  If we just think in terms of the grades we get at school or other traditional ways of measuring skills, we might not see some of the talents, strengths, and characteristics that make us strong.

Eight Learning Styles / What's Your "Style"?
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Eight Learning Styles

Let's start by thinking about how we learn best - after all - when we are still in school, we are still learning.  Actually, most of us find we are still learning things when we finish school to.  For many of us, understanding how we learn is the key to doing well in school.  It is also the key to learning and growing after we have finished our schooling too. 

Visual/Spatial Learner

  • Likes to: draw, build, design and create things, daydream, look at pictures/slides, watch movies and play with machines
  • Is good at: imagining things, sensing changes, mazes/puzzles and reading maps, charts
  • Learns best by: visualizing, dreaming, using the mind's eye and working with colors/pictures

Verbal/Linguistic Learner

  • Likes to: read, write and tell stories
  • Is good at: memorizing names, places, dates and trivia
  • Learns best by: saying, hearing and seeing words

Logical/Mathematical Learner

  • Likes to: do experiments, figure things out, work with numbers, ask questions and explore patterns and relationships
  • Is good at: math, reasoning, logic and problem solving
  • Learns best by: categorizing, classifying and working with abstract patterns/relationships

Bodily/Kinesthetic Learner

  • Likes to: move around, touch and talk and use body language
  • Is good at: physical activities (sports/dance/acting) and crafts
  • Learns best by: touching, moving, interacting with space and processing knowledge through bodily sensations

Musical Learner

  • Likes to: sing, hum tunes, listen to music, play an instrument and respond to music
  • Is good at: picking up sounds, remembering melodies, noticing pitches/rhythms and keeping time
  • Learns best by: rhythm, melody and music

Interpersonal Learner

  • Likes to: have lots of friends, talk to people and join groups
  • Is good at: understanding people, leading others, organizing, communicating, manipulating and mediating conflicts
  • Learns best by: sharing, comparing, relating, cooperating and interviewing

Intrapersonal Learner

  • Likes to: work alone and pursue own interests
  • Is good at: understanding self, focusing inward on feelings/dreams, following instincts, pursuing interests/goals and being original
  • Learns best by: working alone, individualized projects, self-paced instruction and having own space

Naturalistic Learner

  • Likes to: be outside, with animals, geography, and weather; interacting with the surroundings
  • Is good at: categorizing, organizing a living area, planning a trip, preservation, and conservation
  • Learns best by: studying natural phenomenon, in a natural setting, learning about how things work
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What's Your "Style"?

Here's a short "quiz" to help you think about your learning strengths, simply read each section below and give yourself 1 "point" for each statement that describes you.  Be sure to keep track of your scores for each of the 8 sections (i.e. Visual/Spatial Intelligence, Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence and so on...)

Visual/Spatial Intelligence

___ I prefer a map to written directions
___ I daydream a lot
___ I enjoy hobbies such as photography
___ I like to draw and create
___ If I have to memorize something I draw a diagram to help me remember
___ I like to doodle on paper whenever I can
___ In a magazine, I prefer looking at the pictures rather than reading the text
___ In an argument I try to keep my distance, keep silent or visualize some solution
___ If something breaks and won't work I tend to study the diagram of how it works
___ For a group presentation I prefer to draw all the pictures

Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence

___ I enjoy telling stories and jokes
___ I have a good memory for trivia
___ I enjoy word games (e.g. Scrabble & puzzles)
___ I read books just for fun
___ I am a good speller (most of the time)
___ In an argument I tend to use put-downs or sarcasm
___ I like talking and writing about my ideas
___ If I have to memorize something I create a rhyme or saying to help me remember
___ If something breaks and won't work, I read the instruction book first
___ For a group presentation I prefer to do the writing and library research

Logical/Mathematical Intelligence

___ I really enjoy my math class
___ I like logical math puzzles or brain teasers
___ I find solving math problems to be fun
___ If I have to memorize something I tend to place events in a logical order
___ I like to find out how things work
___ I enjoy computer and any math games
___ I love playing chess, checkers or Monopoly
___ In an argument, I try to find a fair and logical solution
___ If something breaks and won't work, I look at the pieces and try to figure out how it works
___ For a group presentation I prefer to create the charts and graphs

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

___ My favorite class is gym since I like sports
___ I enjoy activities such as woodworking, sewing and building models
___ When looking at things, I like touching them
___ I have trouble sitting still for any length of time
___ I use a lot of body movements when talking
___ If I have to memorize something I write it out a number of times until I know it
___ I tend to tap my fingers or play with my pencil during class
___ In a argument I tend to strike out and hit or run away
___ If something breaks and won't work I tend to play with the pieces to try to fit them together
___ For a group presentation I prefer to move the props around, hold things up or build a model

Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence

___ I enjoy listening to CD's and the radio
___ I tend to hum to myself when working
___ I like to sing
___ I play a musical instrument quite well
___ I like to have music playing when doing homework or studying
___ If I have to memorize something I try to create a rhyme about the event
___ I an argument I tend to shout or punch or move in some sort of rhythm
___ I can remember the melodies of many songs
___ If something breaks and won't work I tend to tap my fingers to a beat while I figure it out
___ For a group presentation I prefer to put new words to a popular tune or use music

Interpersonal Intelligence

___ I get along well with others
___ I like to belong to clubs and organizations
___ I have several very close friends
___ I like helping teach other students
___ I like working with others in groups
___ Friends ask my advice because I seem to be a natural leader
___ If I have to memorize something I ask someone to quiz me to see if I know it
___ In an argument I tend ask a friend or some person in authority for help
___ If something breaks and won't work I try to find someone who can help me
___ For a group presentation I like to help organize the group's efforts

Intrapersonal Intelligence

___ I like to work alone without anyone bothering me
___ I like to keep a diary
___ I like myself (most of the time)
___ I don't like crowds
___ I know what I am good at and what I am weak at
___ I find that I am strong-willed, independent and don't follow the crowd
___ If I have to memorize something I tend to close my eyes and feel the situation
___ In an argument I will usually walk away until I calm down
___ If something breaks and won't work, I wonder if it's worth fixing up
___ For a group presentation I like to contribute something that is uniquely mine, often based on how I feel

Naturalist Intelligence

___ I am keenly aware of my surroundings and of what goes on around me
___ I love to go walking in the woods and looking at the trees and flowers
___ I enjoy gardening
___ I like to collect things (e.g., rocks, sports cards, stamps, etc)
___ As an adult, I think I would like to get away from the city and enjoy nature
___ If I have to memorize something, I tend to organize it into categories
___ I enjoy learning the names of living things in our environment, such as flowers and trees
___ In an argument I tend to compare my opponent to someone or something I have read or heard about and react accordingly
___ If something breaks down, I look around me to try and see what I can find to fix the problem
___ For a group presentation I prefer to organize and classify the information into categories so it makes sense

Total Score

_______ Verbal/Linguistic
_______ Logical/Mathematical
_______ Visual/Spatial
_______ Bodily/Kinesthetic
_______ Musical/Rhythmic
_______ Interpersonal
_______ Intrapersonal

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