Dr. Howard Gardner first proposed his Multiple Intelligence Theory over 40 years ago, and it has become widely accepted although still controversial in some fields. His theory in a nutshell is that IQ is not one-dimensional and can't be described by a single number. He proposed that there are at least eight different types of intelligence and each one has a corresponding area in the brain. He used terms like "bodily-kinesthetic" and "mathematical-logical," but many educators have adopted the kid-friendly terms shown on the right.
This information is then documented individually for the students and statistically charted as a whole class.
I find this empowers students and provides me with necessary information that guides my planning and assessment strategies.