Tierra Linda Middle School takes its cue from Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. We acknowledge that standardized tests are often still based largely on the logical-mathematical and linguistic intelligences, so those will play a role in Tierra Linda’s pedagogy. However, we also recognize that students learn in different ways and that the other intelligences are ultimately just as valuable as those judged by traditional educational means. As a result, it is the TL philosophy that effective teaching should allow students to gain scholastic confidence by utilizing their dominant intelligences as a launching pad to help develop the other facets of their minds.