I read the story "ABC I Like Me" by Nancy Carlson to the students while they wore their new necklaces. As I read each page we identified the "smart" that was illustrated. The students were able to explain their thinking for each page. Some were easy to identify (E for explore = nature smart) and others made the students think (C for cheerful = self smart). We talked about how each of us is unique; we all have the same eight kinds of smarts in our brain, but each of use our smarts differently because of our different strengths.
I make special note of what each child says they want to learn more about during the year. I hope to help all students meet their goals and increase their abilities in areas they don't feel as strong in.