Part I

In this article, we will explore the impact of multiple intelligence in our daily lives. Smartness need not always be  defined by the ability to know everything. By knowing about their types of multiple intelligences, every child in every classroom would have a chance to prove their ‘smartness.’ You will also be looking at a type of multiple intelligences from words, numbers, rhythm, sports, nature and people in this article.

Practically everywhere you look, you can see signs of multiple intelligences at work. In our last article, we established the fact that it is not enough in today’s time to be merely depended on IQ. In this article, we will be exploring ways and means on how to define smartness.

Each one of us is gifted in some way or the other and it is up to us to make the most of that ‘intelligence.’ A metaphor for this would be the choice of an ice cream. You may love the plain old vanilla but your cousin may like fruit and nuts or yet another distant relative of yours only eats chocolate and chips. All of us however, have ice cream as a common ingredient.

The same applies to multiple intelligences. Your choice of books to read, destinations you travel to, the sports you play, the YouTube downloads, the Qaris whose tunes you hymn, the people you prefer talking to or the food you like to eat determines the genre of intelligence you belong to.

Throughout this series of articles, we will be exploring each of the eight intelligences. To make things easier, I have created a simple dictionary of the eight multiple intelligences.

  1. WORD SMART: Technically, this type of intelligence is termed as LINGUISTIC intelligence. Someone who loves languages is a word smart person. Here, the person likes speaking to people, reading, writing and/or enjoys playing word games. Scrabble could be his/her favorite game. Or perhaps, they love spending hours on letters. These people are the first ones to enroll in a spell bee competition. They also love story telling sessions.
  2. MUSIC SMART:  This type of intelligence is termed as RHYTHMIC intelligence. If you appreciate the rhythm, the melody and pattern in sounds, you fall in this category. You are able to differentiate between different tunes. You can make a difference between the croaking of the frog to the chirping of the cricket. You can mimic Mishary Rashid al Afasy with as much ease as you can mimic your mother’s wake up calls. Rhythm is in your blood!
  1. NUMBER SMART: This type of intelligence is termed as LOGICAL intelligence. Numbers do not scare you! You like doing maths as a hobby. Sudoku is more beloved to you then Candy Crush. You like riddles, brain teasers, computer coding or doing science experiments. Welcome to the Math club.
  2. PICTURE SMART : This type of intelligence is termed as SPATIAL intelligence. You love to look at the world and all the colors in it. Your favorite toy is a palette with the paint brush. You know what colors are formed when you mix ‘blue with green’ and ‘white with red.’ You are able to use your imagination and explain your vision. Art, design, photography, architecture and invention excite you. You are a picture perfect person.
  1. BODY SMART: This type of intelligence is termed as KINESTHETIC intelligence. You shout when you score a goal in your dream. You compete with Rafa Nadal and play football with Lionel Messi in your mind.  You have great water borne body which is ready to jump in the swimming pool. Tennis court excites you. You love cycling. In-fact, you love using your hands for expression. You enjoy doing activities that involve building or repairing. You are a body smart person.
  1. PEOPLE SMART: This type of intelligence is termed as INTER-PERSONAL intelligence. You are interested in other people and how people interact with each other. You can always start a conversation with anybody. In-fact, you can start talking about the weather and end up with a discussion on global warming. You have lots of friends. Your social circle is very large. You might like to apply for the position of a counselor in your own age group.
  1. SELF SMART: This type of intelligence is termed as INTRA-PERSONAL intelligence. You prefer to be alone. You might be a moody person. You understand yourself better than others. You have a journal where you write your ideas, your dream, your future plan or your daily musings. Maybe,  all of this is in your personal blog, which keeps track of all your thoughts. Perhaps, you spend more time alone than with most of your friends. Ramadan is the time you look forward to, to engage in personal dhikr, QiyamulLayl and ithikaf in the last ten days.
  1. NATURE SMART: This type of intelligence is termed as NATURALIST intelligence. You can differentiate between all four types of bears from Grizzly to Polar, Panda to the Sun bear. You love horses and horse riding. That is why Surah Aadiyat is your favorite surah of the noble Qur’an. Your idea of a vacation is visiting a farm or going on a jungle safari. You love being outdoors. Gardening, taking care of pets, cooking or getting involved in the local tree plantation drive is your idea of fun. You are a nature smart lad.



  1. Smartness comes in different forms and types.
  2. Multiple intelligence range from word smart, picture smart, number smart or rhythm smart.
  3. Depending on your interaction with people, you can either be people smart, self smart to nature smart.
  4. Each intelligence comes with special likes and preferences.

We will learn about each of the eight multiple intelligences in detail in our next article. We will begin with WORD smart learners and with two goals from it. If your student is WORD smart, we will find ways to enhance the skills. If your student is struggling with the skill set that defines a linguist learner, we will explore options to excite and involve him/her.



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20 replies on “Multiple Intelligence at School [Part 2]”

  • September 30, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Here is an activity I suggest you to do, once you have read the article.
    Read through the 8 Learner Profiles and nominate 2 multiple intelligence that you think describes you the best.

    At the end of the 10 part article, you will know which ones are really are.

      October 8, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Noora Is my daughter 36 years, not married.. From her small age she likes to collect domino games. Now she like to do it her own. But i dont know how to help her to reach her wish. I read ur article about multiple inteligence im try to know what kind of inteligence she have.. Pls help me. She likes music dancing, painting, listening quran, hadees, islamic storiesetc. But she cant read or write in any laguage. Can speak.

      • October 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

        Expression can be in multiple ways. While reading and writing are important tools of communication, they are not the only tools. SPEAKING and ARTS are also expression.
        You can ask her to create small videos for children and host them on YouTube for example. This type of intelligence normally is categorized as SPATIAL intelligence. In simple words, Picture smart.

        Encourage her, boost her self – confidence, have her be in-charge of Qur’an memorization for kids and this way she herself would learn. Engage her in her area of interest. May Allah help your daughter perform to the best of her abilities.

  • September 30, 2015 at 8:35 am

    An addition to this, also nominate two intelligence that your child is strongest in. We will explore ways to use the strong intelligence to overcome the weaker ones.

    Example – Using Word Smart learners to use words in improving the numeracy.

    Ratna Chaniago
    October 1, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Interesting topic. Can’t hardly wait for the next part. 🙂

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    October 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

    JazakAllah…such a useful article ..

    October 6, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    MashAllah very well written.Loved every bit of it! Can’t wait for the next part.

    SubahanAllah we live in a world where each and every kid is smart and special !

    • October 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Jazakallah. So very well said. “we live in a world where each and every kid is smart and special!”

    October 7, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Ma sha Allah very informative and interesting for me as an educator.

    Looking goward to the next article.

    Jazakallahu khayran

    auwal muhammad
    October 7, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I am appreciate this kind of articles! All I want is to be among your students but unfortunately up till now I have no clues.

    October 11, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Jazakallahu khayran great article

    October 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Maa Shaa Allah .A Grt article indeed,eagerly waiting for the
    Next episode In Shaa Allah.

    October 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Am just left confused for now, maybe the next Parts can help ?

    • October 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Little uncertainty can sometimes be an asset. The unpredictability of the journey is to be accepted. For example, you embark on Hajj. You know the rules, the procedure, the goal. But the process itself is unknown. Where would you halt at Mina, the sleeping at Muzdalifah etc.

      Same way, we all are skilled and talented. It’s now we need to find which areas can we excel in.

    October 12, 2015 at 11:40 am

    mashallah thanks for writing such good article

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