Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.

bright ideaWhen speaking with students of all ages about multiple intelligences, after I explain each one in detail, I ask them to raise their hand if they believe it’s one of their strengths. Usually about 75% of the kids think the topic of today’s post is one of their strengths. Based on that, can you predict which smart I’m referring to?

It’s picture smart, or spatial intelligence, as Dr. Gardner refers to it. Today’s students have been exposed to so much visual stimulation that it’s not surprising it’s one of their strengths. The earlier a smart is awakened, the greater the likelihood it will be a strength.

Is it a good thing to be picture smart? Absolutely!

  • Picture-smart kids think with their eyes. They see in the same kind of detail word-smart kids listen with.

  • They may be able to remember things they see with more detail than other kids.

  • These kids can investigate with their eyes. They search with their eyes. They research and study with their eyes.

  • Being picture smart also allows kids to imagine and see things in their mind.

  • Memory for things they hear can be enhanced by their ability to see the action come alive as they listen.

  • Fiction and history are school subjects they tend to enjoy and do well at because they can see the action.

  • Creative writing tends to come easier to these kids because they see what they’re writing about.

  • Picture-smart kids will probably enjoy different art mediums and may be more creative visually than other kids.

  • They may have strengths in map reading and interpreting charts and diagrams.

  • Their picture-smart strengths will serve them well in geometry and picturing word problems in other math classes.

  • They can have a great sense of humor because they see things uniquely.

  • These kids appreciate beauty around them.

  • They can volunteer to serve with their picture-smart abilities – on a yearbook committee, decorating for dances and special events, creating posters to advertise a fundraising drive, designing power-point presentations to go along with speeches, etc.

  • There are many careers children with these strengths can enjoy and do well in.

What else have you noticed about picture-smart kids?

Investing in your children, to help them develop their picture-smart abilities is time well spent!