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Core Characteristics:

  • Linear Reasoning seeking order and consistency in the world
  • Concrete Reasoning - breaking down systems into their components
  • Abstract Reasoning - using symbols that represent concrete ideas
  • Causal Relationships identifying cause and effect within a system
  • Complex Operations performing sophisticated algorithms

Students with a strong logical intelligence:

  • Seek order
  • Reason scientifically
  • Identify relationships
  • Enjoy testing theories
  • Like completing puzzles
  • Excel at calculating numbers
  • Solving problems instinctively
  • Analyze abstract ideas
  • Manipulate functions
  • Perform these operations at a rapid rate

Support this intelligence in the classroom by:

  • Creating intrinsic and extrinsic order in your classroom
  • Presenting criteria at the beginning of an activity to provide structure
  • Offering open-ended problem solving tasks
  • Including convergent thinking activities in instruction
  • Promoting experiments which test student hypotheses
  • Using syllogisms in language
  • Encouraging classroom debate
  • Incorporating puzzles into learning centers
  • Setting short term, achievable goals for the class
  • Allowing students to participate in building assessment rubrics

Technologies that stimulate this intelligence:

  • Lecture
  • Cuisenaire rods
  • Unifix cubes
  • Tangrams
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring scales
  • Ruler/yardstick
  • Slide rule
  • Graphing calculators
  • Spreadsheet
  • Search engine
  • Directory
  • FTP clients
  • Gophers
  • WebQuests
  • Problem solving tasks
  • Programming languages