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Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence


Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

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Kinesthetic Intelligence Definition:

Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence, one of Gardner's Nine Multiple Intelligences, involves how well an individual controls their body in terms of physical activity and/or fine motor skills. Individuals who excel in this intelligence typically learn best by doing something as opposed to just reading about it. Dancers, gymnasts, and athletes are among those that Howard Gardner sees as having high kinesthetic intelligence.

Individuals Who Typically Have High Kinesthetic Inelligence:

Following are examples of individuals who typically have high kinesthetic intelligence:
  • Athletes
  • Dancers
  • Gymnasts
  • Surgeons
  • Sculptors
  • Carpenters

Famous People Who Have High Kinesthetic Intelligence:

  • Michael Jordan
  • Michael Jackson
  • Tiger Woods
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Mary Lou Retton

Traits of Those Who Have High Kinesthetic Intelligence:

  • Learn best by doing rather than reading or listening
  • Have the ability to manipulate objects, using fine and gross motor skills
  • Tend to use the entire body to express themselves
  • Are generally good at physical activities
  • Likes to build things

Ways to Enhance Kinesthetic Intelligence:

Following are ways that teachers and individuals can enhance and strengthen their current kinesthetic intelligence:
  • Include role-play activities
  • Utilize manipulatives
  • Use field trips for learning experiences
  • Create learning centers in the classroom
  • Have students create models if appropriate
  • Act out literature or classroom readings
  • Make a video presentation for the class

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