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Core Characteristics:

  • Spatial Awareness - solving problems using spatial orientation
  • Non-sequential Reasoning - thinking in divergent ways
  • Visual Acuity - assessment of information based on principals of design and aesthetics
  • Imagination - seeing the possibilities before engaging them in the physical world
  • Small motor coordination - creating, building, arranging, decorating

Students with a strong visual intelligence:

  • Seek ocular stimulation
  • Respond to color, line and shape
  • Can "see" ideas
  • Use mental images for mnemonic devices
  • Imagine possibilities
  • Enjoy expressing themselves through the arts
  • Appreciate symmetry and congruence
  • Enjoy rearranging their environment
  • Can manipulate three-dimensional models in their minds
  • Understand by seeing a concept in action

Support this intelligence in the classroom by:

  • Allowing student movement around the learning environment
  • Providing a visually stimulating environment
  • Sketching plans before beginning work
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Semantic mapping
  • Guided imagery exercises
  • Working with manipulatives
  • Diagramming abstract concepts
  • Providing visual assessment performance tasks
  • Utilizing visual technologies such as KidPix and PowerPoint

Technologies that stimulate this intelligence:

  • Overhead projector
  • Television
  • Video
  • Picture books
  • Art supplies
  • Chalkboard
  • Dry erase board
  • Slide shows
  • Charting and graphing
  • Monitor
  • Digital camera/camcorder
  • Scanner
  • Graphics editor
  • HTML editor
  • Digital animation
  • Digital movies