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  January 8, 2010


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Multiple Intelligences

     Howard Gardner, who first published his book, Frames of Mind, in 1983, was one of the keynote speakers at the National Association for Gifted Children - NAGC's 2009 Annual Convention. The title of his presentation was "Multiple Intelligences: The First 25 Years."

     Gardner's "Multiple Intelligences" challenged the traditional view of intelligence as an attribute that can be measured by short-answer tests and represented by a point on a bell curve. Rather than regarding intelligence as a single competence, Gardner identified seven capabilities; linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. In more recent writings, he has added two more intelligences: naturalist and existential.

Click here to read more about Gardner's MI theory.

     For a free workshop on multiple intelligences, follow this link Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences. Scroll down to the interactivity to generate your own chart of multiple intelligences.

From the National Association for Gifted Children

What's New in Gifted Education This Year?

     Dr. Ann Robinson, NAGC President, writes the President's Column for Parenting for High Potential. In the December 2009 issue, she directs attention to the nation-wide survey conducted by NAGC. View the findings here.

Click here for the 2008-2009 State of the States Report

Instructional Site

     The site featured in this issue is This site was created by Brian Housand who is the chair of the Computers and Technology Network at NAGC.

Highlighted County

     Rather than a highlighted county in this issue, the highlighted gifted education project in this issue is the Weberwood Elementary Challenge Resource Center in Kanawha County. View the culminating activity of "African Masks" here:

Teacher - Linda Sweeney.

If you have an activity or a project that you could share with other teachers, it would be greatly appreciated, expecially by teachers new to the field. Please send to If you have photos and/or videos, that would be great or I can visit and take photos.

Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Gifted education teachers in West Virginia receive this newsletter bi-weekly from the West Virginia Department of Education. To change your e-mail address or update your information, please email Vickie Mohnacky at or call (304) 558-2696.