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Core Characteristics:

  • Sensory internalizes information through bodily sensation
  • Reflexive responds quickly and intuitively to physical stimulus
  • Tactile demonstrates well-developed gross and/or fine motor skills
  • Concrete expresses feelings and ideas through body movement
  • Coordinated shows dexterity, agility, flexibility, balance and poise
  • Task Orientated strive to learn by doing

Students with a strong kinesthetic intelligence:

  • Seek to interact with their environment
  • Enjoy hands-on activities
  • Can remain focused on a hands-on task for an extended period of time
  • May demonstrate strong fine and/or gross motor ability
  • Prefer learning centers to seat work
  • Seek out other students who are physically gregarious
  • Master a principle once they can manipulate materials that demonstrate the concept
  • Enjoy group games and active learning tasks
  • Are different from children who are hyperactive

Support this intelligence in the classroom by:

  • Providing hands-on learning centers
  • Incorporating creative drama into your instruction
  • Including interactive games in reviewing and remediating content
  • Offering experiences in movement to rhythm and music
  • Engaging students in hands-on science experiments
  • Utilizing manipulatives in math instruction
  • Allowing opportunities for building and taking apart
  • Encouraging students to construct physical representations of concepts
  • Keeping students physically moving throughout the school day

Technologies that stimulate this intelligence:

  • Construction tools
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Screw
  • Lever
  • Wheel and axle
  • Inclined plane
  • Pulley
  • Wedge
  • Physical education equipment
  • Manipulative materials
  • Mouse
  • Joystick
  • Simulations that require eye-hand coordination
  • Assistive technologies
  • Digital probes