All children are gifted

OPA incorporates the Theory of Multiple Intelligences as the foundation of our school’s philosophy. This theory states that each of us possess at least eight intelligences that characterize the way we learn. Utilizing this theory as an instructional approach increases retention, thereby, producing optimum academic success for our students. The goal is to create a school environment that focuses on the following premise: all children can learn, and all are gifted.

All children can learn

Teaching the State Standards through all eight intelligences allows students to learn, comprehend, and retain information due to receiving instruction in a variety of methodologies. As all eight intelligences are addressed, we optimize the learning styles and modalities of all the students in our classes. Empowering children to think, create, and explore ensures that they will successfully meet the state adopted standards.

The Eight Domains of Intelligence

Word Smart

Oxford Prep student and his big buddy read a book together

Linguistic

LIKES TO
read
write
tell stories
give speeches
tell jokes/spin tall tales

EXCELS AT
memorizing trivia
writing
using extensive vocabulary
spelling
playing word games

LEARNS BEST BY
reading
writing
speaking
hearing & seeing language
discussions and debates
humor incorporated in learning

Number Smart

Oxford Prep student working on a computer

Logical/Mathematical

LIKES TO
do experiments
figure things out
work with numbers
ask questions
analyze & make predictions

EXCELS AT
mathematics
reasoning
logic
problem solving
using technology

LEARNS BEST BY
categorizing
classifying
working with abstract patterns/relationships
using the computer
making time to complete tasks

Picture Smart

Oxford students complete an art project

Spatial

LIKES TO
draw, build, design & create things
daydream
view pictures/movies
see/use colors

EXCELS AT
using imagination
sensing environment
mazes/puzzles
reading maps & charts
visual arts

LEARNS BEST BY
visualizing
dreaming
stimulating environment
working with colors/pictures
audio/visual materials

Music Smart

Oxford Prep Marching Band marches in a parade

Musical

LIKES TO
sing and hum tunes
listen to music
play an instrument
collect CDs
watch musicals

EXCELS AT
picking up sounds
remembering melodies
noticing pitches/rhythms
keeping time
singing songs

LEARNS BEST BY
rhythms, rhyme & repetition
information put to a beat
playing music while working
performing in skits & musicals
using song lyrics to memorize

Body Smart

Oxford Prep football player runs the ball

Bodily/Kinesthetic

LIKES TO
move around
work with hands
use body language
exercise
gesture frequently

EXCELS AT
physical activities
sports/dance
crafts
drama/acting
mechanics

LEARNS BEST BY
doing
moving
role playing
hands-on experiences
action packed stories/drama

People Smart

Students work in the science lab as a group

Interpersonal

LIKES TO
solve problems
talk to people
join groups and clubs
be a leader
have lots of friends

EXCELS AT
understanding people
leading others
socializing
persuading others
mediating conflicts

LEARNS BEST BY
working in a group
cooperating with others
sharing their ideas
communicating
debating

Self Smart

Student works on assignment alone

Intrapersonal

LIKES TO
work independently
pursue own interests
have strong opinions
work on independent games
have many choices

EXCELS AT
understanding self
focusing inward on feelings/ dreams
pursuing interests & goals
being original

LEARNS BEST BY
individualized projects
self-paced instruction
having private space & time
working independently
reflecting, thinking, & visualizing

Nature Smart

Students at Catalina science camp

Naturalist

LIKES TO
garden
hike, camp, walk & climb
care for pets & wildlife
recycle
spend time outdoors

EXCELS AT
collecting
categorizing
recognizing plants & animals
understanding native surroundings
recycling

LEARNS BEST BY
classifying information
observing
doing experiments
using telescopes & binoculars
exploring the environment