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“I have a friend whose daughter is at Mayville School and she did the MIDAS questionnaire. Her daughter appeared to build a relationship with the computer during the completion of the questionnaire. "How did the computer know so much about me, how did it know I sing tunes in my head, how did it know I loved animals?" Obviously there are some questions that just rung so true with her, she felt the computer knew her, that she wasn't a freak to sing in her head etc! She really loved been asked questions that nobody had really bothered to ask her before.”

Lucy Fleetham, Aspiro Education Ltd. & mother Carolyn Reed.

Being a parent may be the most challenging job you’ll ever have. Living in a highly competitive world where the emphasis always seems to be on ‘fixing what is wrong', it is easy to get caught up in relentless negativity. After Carolyn heard her daughter describe how happy she was that the computer seemed to know so much about her, Carolyn felt a little guilty and sad that she hadn’t herself noticed those things about her daughter. The MIDAS Profile became a way for the two of them to talk about things that they both took for granted. Important discussions then took place in their family. Plus, Carolyn now had a map of her daughter’s strengths to guide her to find fun, engaging and intellectually stimulating activities for the family to do together.

Quick links > Multiple Intelligences Learning Activities

Linguistic / Kinesthetic / Spatial / Musical / Logic-Math / Intrapersonal / Interpersonal / Naturalist

Developing the Multiple Intelligences
"Strengths vs. Weaknesses"
  • Recognize your child's areas of strengths in words and actions
  • Identify special areas of strength (as well as limitation)
  • Identify the importance of the child's strengths in careers, school and community
  • Communicate strengths and difficulties with teachers

  • Call it an intelligence!
  • Develop the use of MI language to "unpack your thinking / problem-solving"
  • Instill self-confidence based on real strengths .... describe actual study strategies.
  • Touch the passion and open the future potential
  • Value creative / divergent thinking as well as practical problem solving

  • Show how strengths can be used to maximize success in school
  • Show how strengths can be used to create a career
  • Connect student to role models who share his/her strengths
  • Create opportunities for public display

ENGAGE- Support / Challenge
  • Provide challenge to maximize strengths
  • Nobody's perfect
  • Build self-confidence via real experience
  • Translate between intelligences
  • Instill a sense of hope for the future
  • Include child in positive community experiences
  • Promote family-oriented activities where strengths are highlighted
  • Use strengths to overcome limitations

Not to over-glorify the individual child, but to develop unique strengths that can be used to create valuable products, provide vital services and solve important problems that are meaningful to family, friends and community.

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Main Features: To think in words and to use language to express and understand complex meanings. Sensitivity to the meaning of words as well as the order among words, their sounds, rhythms, inflections. To reflect on the use of language in everyday life.

-> Reading
- > Writing
- > Speaking
-> Convincing -> Listening

_ books
_ selling
_ magazines
_ explanations
_ stories
_ poems
_ letters
_ persuading
_ speeches
_ arguing
_ debate
_ prose

Heroes, Movies, Magazines, Books and Other Fun:
_ Abraham Lincoln _ Library _ Bookstores _ Books on tape _ Ghost stories
_ Poetry readings _ Plays _"Dead Poets Society" _ Scrabble _ Folk tales & myths
_ William Shakespeare -e.e. cummings -Dr. Suess -Newspapers -Stone Soup
_ Mark Twain -Mr. Rogers -Prairie Home Companion -Rabbit Ears Radio

Linguistic Learning Strategies

_ Make up memorable abbreviations.
_ Make up an exciting, odd or scary story.
_ Explain / teach it to someone else.
_ Talk about it into a tape recorder and review it.

People in Your Community!
_ Poet _ Novelist _ Journalist _ Salesperson
_ Editor _ Translator _ Storyteller _ Lawyer
_ Technical writer _ Librarian _ Teacher _ Public Relations
..............Where in your community can your child go to exercise Linguistically??

Exercise Linguistic Skills at Home:
- Make up funny new names for things. - Learn how to tell a new joke.
- Convince your best friend that your family car can fly to the moon. Record this on tape.
- Write a family newspaper of important happenings. -Memorize a line from a poem for each new season.
- Memorize a new prayer. - Try to sell your house to your favorite pet.
- Write the story of your life. - Listen to scary books on tape.
- Make up your own endings to movies - Read myths, tall tales and fairy tales out loud before bed.


Main Features: To think in movements and to use the body in skilled and complicated ways for expressive as well as goal-directed activities. It involves a sense of timing and coordination for whole body movement and the hands for manipulating objects.

- > Sports -> Dance -> Handcrafts -> Acting -Exercise
_ track _ modern dance _ assembly _ mime _ aerobics
_ baseball _ juggling _ drama _ coordination
_ karate _ folk dance _ dexterity _ comedy _ acrobatics

Heroes, Movies, Magazines, Books and Other Fun:
-Michael Jordan _ Sports Illustrated _ karate lessons _ Wii
_ "Chariots of Fire" _ Rudy" _ Olympics _ little league sports _ circus _ athletic events
-Twister -magic shows -"A League of Their Own" -model building
_ juggling _ charades _ community theater _ dance and tap lessons

Kinesthetic Learning Strategies
_ Do it 3 times for practice. _ Write it large or over and over again _ Dramatize it to get a "feel" for it
_ Hold on to it and use gestures. _ Play and move through it step‑by‑step like a mime. _ Take "movement" breaks _ Tinker with it, build a model.
_ Explore it with your hands or move through it in imagination.

People in Your Community!
_ Athlete _ Manual labor _ Acrobat _ Jockey
_ Actor _ Rodeo rider _ Equestrian _ Coach
_ Sports trainer_ Crafts-person _ Aerobics teacher _ Assembler
_ Magician _ Clown _ Dancer _ Drama coach

..................Where in your community can you go to exercise Kinesthetically?
Exercise Kinesthetic Skills at Home:
_ Walk or ride an obstacle course. _ Practice on balance beams.
_ Learn to juggle or do magic tricks. _ Play charades.
_ Taking acting lessons. _ Read a book on "Body Language" and study how people move.
_ Practice using a hammer or other tools _ Practice reaction time or coordination skills. _ Wii
_ Invent new dance routines. _ Create plays and skits with neighborhood kids.


Main Features: To think in pictures and to perceive the visual world accurately. To be able to think in three-dimensions and to transform one's perceptions and re-create visual experience in imagination.

- -> Artistic design -- > Crafts and skilled trades -- > Navigation
drawing sewing driving
painting construction boating
sculpture assembly using maps

Heroes, Movies, Magazines, Books and Other Fun:
Picasso Handyman Magazine Interior Design Modern Architecture
museums coloring books paint-by-numbers model building
art galleries Legos & Erector Sets puzzles auto shows
imagination games movies photography floral arrangement and gardening

Visual-Spatial Learning Strategies
Demonstrate it all at once so you get the Big Picture. Watch, Visualize, Sketch. Create a cartoon, picture book
Think of a simile, metaphor or an exaggerated, odd picture. Make notes with different colored pens.
Make "Visual Maps" to organize new information. Daydream, make a movie in your mind.

People in Your Community!
Interior designer Architect Sign painter Navigation
Surveyor Mechanic Hair dresser Fashion consultant
Pilots Artist Drafting Costume maker Makeup artist
Engineers Carpenter Photographer Crafts person Tattoo artist
......................Where in your community can you go to exercise Visual-spatially?

Exercise Visual-Spatial Skills at Home:
- Draw a map of your house, school or neighbor. - Paint a picture of your "dream home."
- Use tracing paper to copy pictures. - Make a special Pop-up greeting card.
- Design your own tie to wear for your birthday party.- Practice backing up with a bicycle on an obstacle course.
- Design a quilt with squares for every month.- Make a cartoon strip showing the story of your life.
- Trace your hand or your whole body and write in your favorite things in life. - Put puzzles together
- Design an advertisement for your dream life. - Watch a drawing or painting program on TV.


Main Features: To think in sounds, rhythms, melodies and rhymes. To be sensitive to pitch, rhythm, timbre and tone. To be able to recognize, create and reproduce music by using an instrument or the voice. It involves active listening and there is a strong connection between music and emotions.

-> Instrumental -> Vocal -> Composing -> Appreciation
drums chorus tunes active listening
flute solo lyrics critiques
guitar harmony arrangements music studies

Heroes, Movies, Magazines, Books and Other Fun:
Raffi Victor Borge - concerts karaoke
rock groups Sesame Street records, tapes, CDs sing-alongs
folk music Guitar Player instrument lessons caroling
concerts music stores seasonal or religious songs church choir

Musical Learning Strategies
Use Rhyme, Rhythm and Repetition. Notice how the words sound. Make a musical beat to it.
Repeat it until you can hear it clearly and it sounds just right. Sing it to yourself.
Make up a song lyric that explains it. Study with pleasant music, a metronome or with perfect quiet.
Say it out loud sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly. Emphasize the accent or the voice inflections.

People in Your Community!
Singer Music teacher Choir director Composer
Song writer Recording tech Promoter Music critic
Sound engineer Instrumentalist Disc jockey Conductor
.............................Where can your child go in your community to exercise musically?

Exercise Musical Skills at Home:
- Invent new drumming patterns. - Play around with a new instrument.
- Invent new words to old songs. - Memorize rhymes.
- Sing along with records and tapes. - Take voice lessons.
- Practice singing and playing an instrument at the same time. - Learn old folk songs.
- Make tape collections of certain kinds of music. - Guitar Hero


Main Features: To think of cause and effect connections and to understand relationships among actions, objects or ideas. To be able to calculate, quantify, consider propositions and perform complex mathematical or logical operations. It involves inductive and deductive reasoning skills as well as critical and creative problem-solving.

--> Mathematics --> Problem-solving --> Strategy --> Investigation --> Organization
statistics fixing chess mysteries bookkeeping
calculations mechanics Battleship detectives accounting

Heroes, Movies, Magazines, Books and Other Fun:
- Albert Einstein - Word Searches - codes - Rubics Cube - experiments
- Sherlock Holmes - Chess - Clue - murder mysteries - Agatha Christy
- riddles - chess champions - computer clubs - Mensa - science projects

Logical-math Learning Strategies
Question, Count and Categorize. Ask why and how. Explain it step‑by‑step in detail.
Analyze it. Experiment with it. Find a pattern that is new or fits. Explore the possibilities.
Test an answer logically. Collect, Compare and Critique Strive to understand
‑‑ how, why & what.
People in Your Community!
Paralegal Cryptographer Pharmacist Financial advisor
Statistician Book keeper Engineers Banker
Chemist Records clerk Accountant Computer Repair
Lawyer Inventory control Researcher Physician
..............Where in your community can you go to exercise Logical-mathematical thinking?

Exercise Logical-mathematical skills at Home:
- Figure baseball averages. - Calculate a restaurant tip.
- Play chess or Battleship or Twenty Questions or Clue - Plan a budget.
- Learn a new computer program. - Play logic games and puzzles.
- Solve or invent riddles. - Argue a case.


Main Features: To think about and understand another person. To have empathy and recognize distinctions among people and to appreciate their perspectives with a sensitivity to their motives, moods and intentions. It involves interacting effectively with one or more people in familiar, casual or working circumstances.

-> Empathy -> Understanding others -> Persuasion -> People Work
politeness concern selling community service
sensitivity attentiveness arguing organizing
responsiveness managing acting leading

Heroes, Movies, Magazines, Books and Other Fun
Robin Williams pretend super heroes dolls drama
theater dress-up daytime TV soap operas family histories
social clubs politics volunteering babysitting historical novels

Interpersonal Learning Strategies
_ Study in a group, have family discussions. Understand why it's important to someone else.
_ Teach it to a friend until she understands it. Join a team in competition or in cooperation.
_ Study with a partner. _ Create a lesson plan to teach it to someone else. _ Teach it so even your pet can understand.

People in Your Community!
Teacher Child care Actor Secretary Psychologist Homemaker Coach Counselor
Social worker Supervisor Customer services Receptionist
Nurse Salesperson Mayor Clergy
.......................Where in your community can you go to exercise Interpersonally?

Exercise Interpersonal Skills at Home:
- Understand another child's way of thinking. - Solve a problem between two people.
- Learn "conflict resolution" skills. - Teach someone how to do something new.
- Observe the other children on the playground and describe each of their feelings.
- Practice listening without interrupting or giving your opinion. - Plan a meeting or a party.
- Watch a TV show without the sound and describe their feelings. -Volunteer at a nursing home or hospital.


Main Features: To think about and understand one's self. To be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and able to plan effectively to achieve your goals. It involves reflecting on and monitoring both your thoughts and your feelings and effectively regulating them. The ability to monitor your interpersonal relationships and to act with personal efficacy.

-> Reflection -> Thinking about thinking -> Monitor and self correct -> Goal setting
on one's self during math short term
wondering while reading while talking long term
__on feelings interacting with people while working

Heroes, Movies, Books and Other Fun:
- Sigmund Freud - The Torah - counseling - Outward Bound
- The Bible - making life scrap books - career counseling - autobiographies
- The Koran - making family albums - family history - meditation

Intrapersonal Learning Strategies
Ask what you already know about this. Ask how this agrees or disagrees with your past experiences.
Why is it important for you to know it. What is your opinion about this information. Challenge yourself to learn it.
What don't you know, need to know & how to find out. Work at it alone. Stop to reflect often about this information.
Test yourself. Use your best other skills for memorizing it. Convince yourself you will be a better person by learning it.
Learn it just for yourself. Learn to catch when your mind is wandering & bring back to task.

People in Your Community!
Minister Engineer Police Counselor
Psychologist Philosopher Pilot Teacher

......................Where in your community can you go to exercise Intrapersonal thinking?

How to Exercise Intrapersonal Skills at Home:
- Write a time line of your child’s life. - Evaluate your skills and ask someone who knows you for their opinion.
- Keep a diary. - Think about a job you would really like to do and why.
- Remember when you got very angry or frustrated and ask what you could have done to have prevented it.
- Remember a math problem that was hard to learn and think what you might do different to master it now.
- Remember a time when you said or did something without thinking and consider why.
- Make future plans. - Practice listening to negative self-talk and changing it.
- Design your own personal design. - Design an advertisement for yourself.


Main Features: To understand the natural world including plants, animals and scientific studies. To be able to recognize and classify individuals, species and ecological relationships. To interact effectively with living creatures and discern patterns of life and natural forces.

--> Understanding Animals --> Working with Plants -- > Science Studies
raising and caring for living things culinary arts horticulture earth science farming taxonomy

Heroes, Movies, Magazines, Books and Other Fun
- tracking animals - ant farms - raise rabbits - National Geographic
- growing flowers - train a dog - explore the woods - Nature magazine
- collecting insects - tropical fish - Animal Planet - Discovery

Naturalistic Learning Strategies
Observe something carefully and identify patterns. Record and organize data into a system that makes sense.
Imagine or build a "living model" that shows relationships. Consider how the information fits into the natural world.
Discover how it has developed over time and look for growth. Imagine you are cultivating the knowledge to feed your mind.

People in Your Community!
Animal trainer Farmer Fisherman Hunter Astronomer
Greenhouse Gardener Naturalist Scientist Biologist
Chef Forester Veterinarian Landscaping Pet Shop
Meteorologist Botanist Zoologist Physicist Tracker
........................Where in your community can your child go to exercise Naturally?

How to Exercise Naturalist Skills at Home:
- Train a dog to obey and do tricks. - Raise and study tropical fish or birds.
- Plant a flower garden. - Care for and study houseplants.
- Raise vegetables. - Study the animals in your backyard.
- Conduct a survey of wildlife in your neighborhood. - Join a 4-H Club.
- Keep a chart of weather patterns. - Volunteer at an animal shelter.