Explaining the MIDAS Scales
Musical: To think in sounds, rhythms, melodies and rhymes. To be sensitive to pitch, rhythm, timbre and tone. To recognize, create and reproduce music by using an instrument or voice. Active listening and a strong connection between music and emotions. Vocal Ability: a good voice for singing in tune and in harmony Instrumental Skill: skill and experience in playing a musical instrument Composer: makes up songs or poetry and has tunes on her mind Appreciation: actively enjoys listening to music of some kind
Kinesthetic: To think in movements and to use the body in skilled and complicated ways for expressive and goal directed activities. A sense of timing, coordination for whole body movement and the use of hands for manipulating objects. Athletics: ability to move the whole body for physical activities such as balancing, coordination and sports Dexterity: to use the hands with dexterity and skill for detailed activities and expressive moment
Logical-Mathematical: To think of cause and effect connections and to understand relationships among actions, objects or ideas. To calculate, quantify or consider propositions and perform complex mathematical or logical operations. It involves inductive and deductive reasoning skills as well as critical and creative problem-solving. Everyday Math: to use math effectively in everyday life School Math: performs well in math at school Everyday Problem Solving: able to use logical reasoning to solve everyday problems, curiosity Strategy Games: good at games of skill and strategy
Spatial: To think in pictures and to perceive the visual world accurately. To think in three-dimensions and to transform one's perceptions and re-create aspects of one's visual experience via imagination. To work with objects effectively. Space Awareness: to solve problems of spatial orientation and moving objects through space such as driving a car Artistic Design: to create artistic designs, drawings, paintings or other crafts Working with Objects: to make, build, fix, or assemble things
Linguistic: To think in words and to use language to express and understand complex meanings. Sensitivity to the meaning of words and the order among words, sounds, rhythms, inflections. To reflect on the use of language in everyday life. Expressive Sensitivity: skill in the use of words for expressive and practical purposes Rhetorical Skill: to use language effectively for interpersonal negotiation and persuasion Written-academic: to use words well in writing reports, letters, stories, verbal memory, reading / writing
Interpersonal: To think about and understand another person. To have empathy and recognize distinctions among people and to appreciate their perspectives with sensitivity to their motives, moods and intentions. It involves interacting effectively with one or more people in familiar, casual or working circumstances. Social Sensitivity: sensitivity to and understanding of other people's moods, feelings and point of view Social Persuasion: ability for influencing other people Interpersonal Work: interest and skill for jobs involving working with people
Intrapersonal: To think about and understand one's self. To be aware of one's strengths and weaknesses and to plan effectively to achieve personal goals. Reflecting on and monitoring one's thoughts and feelings and regulating them effectively. The ability to monitor one's self in interpersonal relationships and to act with personal efficacy. Personal Knowledge / Efficacy: awareness of one's own ideas, abilities; able to achieve personal goals Calculations: meta-cognition "thinking about thinking' involving numerical operations Spatial Problem Solving: self awareness to problem solve while moving self or objects through space Effectiveness: ability to relate oneself well to others and manage personal relationships
Naturalist: To understand the natural world including plants, animals and scientific studies. To recognize, name and classify individuals, species and ecological relationships. To interact effectively with living creatures and discern patterns of life & natural forces. Animal Care: skill for understanding animal behavior, needs, characteristics Plant Care: ability to work with plants, i.e., gardening, farming and horticulture Science: knowledge of natural living energy forces including cooking, weather and physics
Explaining the Intellectual Style/ Leadership
Innovative: To work in artistic, divergent and imaginative ways. To improvise and create unique answers, arguments or solutions.
General Logic: To deal with problems in an intuitive, rapid and perhaps unexpectedly accurate manner... to bring together a wide amount of information and to make it part of a general and effective plan of action. To think about and understand one's self. To be aware of one's strengths and weaknesses and to plan effectively to achieve personal goals. Reflecting on and monitoring one's thoughts and feelings and regulating them effectively. The ability to monitor one's self in interpersonal relationships and to act with personal efficacy.
Personal Knowledge / Efficacy: awareness of one's own ideas, abilities; able to achieve personal goals Calculations: meta-cognition "thinking about thinking' involving numerical operations