Multiple Intelligence Multiple intelligences is a fascinating
Multiple intelligences is a fascinating topic that really caught our attention for writing our final article. This topic broadens minds and gives strategies and resources not only to psychologists but also to teachers who are willing to do whatever it takes to help students give their very best and learn at their own pace and through their individual abilities or skills. There are students who like music, others who like numbers, and others who like sports. The different likes are non other than the special characteristics each human being was born with and traits of the different kinds of intelligences.
When you study the work of people such as Howard Gardner or Elaine de Beauport, you start to understand why some students react to certain teaching modes and some to others.
There are excellent strategies that we can take advantage of from traditional learning. But, understanding the way the brain of a student works makes a total difference.
Now, to succeed in teaching while taking into consideration the multiple intelligences, it is first important to understand what they are and how they work.
Our need to deepen our knowledge of this topic led us to do many readings from the most outstanding sources: Howard Gardner and Elaine de Beauport.
Through this research we were able to establish the meaning of each of the eight intelligences and how they could be adapted to school environment.
According to these brilliant minds, the eight intelligences that we need to take into account when planning an objective are: Linguistic intelligence: this is the intelligence that enables people to easily acquire different languages. It is this intelligence that allows a person to excel in the spoken and written areas of a language (not necessarily a second or third language). Teaching a language to students who have this intelligence is, of course, a pleasure since they have the ability, the skill, and the memory to reach the highest standards. Among the people that we can name who seem to have developed this intelligence we have: writers, poets, speakers, and lawyers.
Logical-mathematical intelligence: this intelligence enables the person to analyze problems logically, carry out mathematical operations, and investigate issues scientifically. Their capacity to reason and to understand in a logical way is amazing. To teach a language to these people is not an easy task since everything must be logical and must have an answer; and some languages are not about perfect patterns and logical progressions. Most of the great scientific and mathematical minds are found among this group.
Musical intelligence: this intelligence involves the skill and ability to work with all areas related to music; such as composition, performance, appreciation of musical patterns, tones, and rhythms. It is an intelligence that goes hand in hand with the linguistic intelligence and therefore, gives these people also the gift of speech and writing. People with this intelligence are excellent language students, especially in what concerns the pronunciation skills. They have the ear to grasp without any problem a sound and are able to reproduce it without further problems.
Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence: people who fit into this category are very dynamic and use their bodies to communicate, to solve problems, and to learn. This group is easily motivated through hands on activities, role-play, songs etc.. Classrooms are very interactive and, even if they are very demanding, results are outstanding.
Spatial intelligence: this intelligence enables people to recognize and use the patterns of wide space. These people definitely work well when using lots of visual spatial supplementary materials in the classroom.
Interpersonal intelligence: this group of people has empathy and thus is capable of understanding others emotions. They have an intuition for motivating and for being there for whoever needs help. This intelligence is one of the main characteristic teachers and counselors have.
Intrapersonal intelligence: through this intelligence people are able to understand their inner selves and to appreciate their own feelings, fears, and motivations. By knowing themselves thoroughly, they can understand what others go through and share experiences. They tend to develop learning approaches that provides personal benefits.
Naturalistic Intelligence: this is the intelligence where people have affinity with everything and anything that is related to nature. There is nothing more important to these people than nature. Therefore, you will most likely find that a great number of environmentalists, veterinarians, biologists, and botanists have this kind of intelligence.
After revising these intelligences we can state that they are essential knowledge to understanding the individual learning processes of each human being. As teachers, we should aspire to have a minimum of insight on this topic, in order to help, motivate, and accomplish all objectives and touch all students.
''I touch the future. I teach.''
'o Christa McAuliffe, American teacher and astronaut.