Nurture – An Early Childhood Development Podcast

LuAnn Carrig talks about Multiple Intelligences in the classroom…

Multiple Intelligences is an idea & theory created by Dr. Howard Gardner that looks at humans as having many ways of being intelligent. This is in contrast to just looking at intelligence as a thinking or cognitive ability, commonly summed up as our IQ. A “multiple intelligences”’ perspective includes considering children’s and adults’ other abilities that impact our functioning, like our kinesthetic, interpersonal, and artistic intelligences, among others.

LuAnn Carrig, a Northern Virginia preschool director & professional development provider, outlines the eight (8) intelligences and discusses how to integrate these into daily practices in the classroom. To do this, she recommends that teachers understand their own intelligences’ profile (click link to go to self-assessment) and then, through careful observation, get to know the intelligences’ profiles of the children in their classroom.

Thereafter, teachers can create activities and experiences that fully integrate all the different ways children learn. This not only leads to children who feel respected and valued for who they are, but helps children behave better and learn to love learning & school.

LuAnn has many years of experience as a preschool teacher and is currently director of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Preschool in Falls Church, VA. Additionally, she provides professional development seminars on this topic (see more below).

She has provided one of her handouts called the “Multiple Intelligences Pie” for those in the listening audience who are more visually oriented and who might want to follow along during our conversation.

See below for this document and for links to other resources LuAnn mentions in the show. To get in touch with LuAnn, please email her at [email protected].

After our conversation about multiple intelligences, LuAnn and I talk a bit about how she got into teaching and some of her greatest influences as a teacher.

If you have any questions or comments about this episode, please email me at [email protected] or visit the web site

Links for topics in this show

Dr. Howard Gardner’s website:

Dr. Howard Gardner’s answers to frequently asked questions about Multiple Intelligences

Books by Dr. Thomas Armstrong (link to his profile & books on Amazon)

* Seven Kinds of Smart – Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences

* Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

* You’re Smarter Than You Think – A Kid’s Guide to Multiple Intelligence

Starting with Stories – Engaging Multiple Intelligences Through Children’s Books ( 

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