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The Capitol School

Alabama's International School

2828 6th Street
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Phone: 205-758-2828

8 Kinds of Smart at The Capitol School

Dr. Gardner visits The Capitol School
Dr. Gardner visits The Capitol School

Based on the work of Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard University: Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, 1983, Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice, 1993, and Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century, 1999.

Our faculty tries to identify a child's strengths as well as weaknesses. We can all become more intelligent in an area if we have opportunities for learning and growth. It is our goal to move away from whole-group instruction toward small-group and individualized instruction. Over the past 16 years, we have not found grade-level to be a useful method of organizing student groups so we developed multi-age "clusters" of students with an age range of 3-4 years. However, we do use Alabama's grade-level objectives for reporting to parents and other schools.

Dr. Gardner commented:
All humans have a range of intelligences: we differ only in how easily and how swiftly particular intelligences develop.

The Multiple Intelligences:

Musical Intelligence

Musical IntelligenceRecognition of tonal patterns, rhythms, and beats as well as sensitivity to sound can be enhanced through listening, writing, performing & enjoying music. Our goals are for children to create melodies and rhythms and understand the structure of music.

People who display this intelligence:

Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence

Verbal IntelligenceEncompasses written and spoken language. Our school program is offered in English with additional daily Spanish and German lessons. Our goals are for children to analyze and use syntax, grammar and understand the meaning of words.

Persons who display this intelligence:

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Math IntelligenceInvolves numbers and abstract patterns using both inductive and deductive reasoning. Our goals are for students to be able to reason scientifically and solve problems in the natural world as well as abstract ones.

Persons who display this intelligence:

Visual/Spatial Intelligence

Visual/Spatial IntelligenceRefers to the sense of sight and the ability to visualize and create mental images. These abilities can be expressed artistically, geographically, or technologically.

Persons who display this intelligence:

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Intrapersonal IntelligenceFocuses on self-reflection and understanding oneself. Our goal is to help students understand self in relationship with others and to identify his/her learning style. When a student is able to recognize his/her strengths and weakness, the next step is to set goals and learn coping and adapting skills.

Persons who display this intelligence:

Interpersonal Intelligence

Interpersonal IntelligenceOperates through person-to person communication in friendships and relationships. Our goal is to help students see things from others' perspectives and to learn to cooperate within a group.

Persons who display this intelligence:

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Bodily-Kinesthetic IntelligenceInvolves physical movement and the wisdom of the body. The body and mind continue to learn more and improve performance as we practice skills in movement or sports.

Persons who display this intelligence:

Naturalist Intelligence

Naturalist IntelligenceDescribes a core ability to recognize and organize or classify parts of the natural environment. Our goals are to help students observe and understand patterns in nature as well as classify plants and animals.

People who exhibit this intelligence and display an outstanding knowledge of the living world include: