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Logic Smart

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

When using the logic-smart part of the brain, we think with questions. Traits of logically inclined people include the ability to reason, sequence, categorize, and think in terms of cause-effect and comparison-contrast relationships.

Logical-Mathmatical IntelligenceWhat logic-smart people enjoy:
Learning, non-fiction books (often more than fiction books), math, calculators, math manipulatives, science, science equipment, puzzles, challenges, mysteries, analyzing, categorizing, comparing, investigating, experimenting, questioning, statistics, research, …

If it’s a strength or we want to strengthen it, we need:
Things to make sense, something worth thinking about, someone to answer our questions, someone to explore with, time to explore, experiments, things to compare and categorize, things to take apart, puzzles, challenges, games like checkers, teach us how to handle things and situations that we think are unfair, …

Suggestions for teaching and learning:
Problems to solve, cause-effect thinking, predicting, exploring, self-discovery, use data, use numbers across the curriculum, questions to research, question box on teacher’s desk, brain teasers, science experiments, number games, calculators, …

Healthy/Positive uses:
Invent, solve, counsel, curious, teachable, answer people’s questions, provide research help for others, tutor someone, keep team statistics, clip or organize coupons for mom, …

Unhealthy/Negative uses:
Creating problems, asking too many questions (especially “why?” questions), unteachable because we can think we know enough, argue, test authority figures, anger and confusion when things don’t make sense can lead to misbehavior, we may try unhealthy things like drugs and smoking to see how it makes us feel, fear that we may not have the right answer or of the unknown may cause us to get into trouble, …

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