We teach teens to follow the crowd if we demand they follow the same paths to our goals as everybody else follows. A stumbling block to their growth? When we fail to help learners unleash their hidden and unused intelligences, they fail to move forward.
The question: How smart are you? may work for lectures and traditional tests that require water-tight answers. Students who awaken multiple intelligences in your class though, will respond to a deeper question, How are you smart?
The two questions differ.The latter assumes that students come to class with many mental capabilities that can become their best tools to engage your lesson.
Their multiple intelligences help students to investigate new possibilities through mental strengths they bring to every class! How so?
1. Mathematical or logical tools enable learners to trace the logical chains of reasoning to discern where problems rooted and what sequence work best in response.
2. Verbal linguistic tools support reading and discussing lesson related trends, and may prompt a writing a plan for an innovative solution, or a proposition to offer a local leader.
3. Musical or rhythmic tools help learners compose musical solutions to problems they face. Imagine studying musicians who expanded their community through music.
4. Visual spatial tools help students to create or use images, graphs, or visual portrayals to understand and explain lesson related problems and to offer possibilities.
5. Bodily-kinesthetic tools engage movement, building and handling materials in ways that deepen students’ understanding about past and future challenges and opportunities for a lesson topic.
6. Interpersonal or social tools help learners to discern and respond well to moods, temperaments, motivation, and desires of different people as they learn from and value counterpoints on hot topics.
7. Intrapersonal or introspective tools tap into students confidence, self-knowledge, integrity and discrimination for good or bad choices for themselves and others.
8. Naturalistic tools help learners draw on patterns and designs in nature as a way to see real world problems and propose nature-related solutions for growth in a lesson topic.
Multiple intelligences improve learning – by targeting more brainpower than lectures or speeches awaken in class. What do you think?
When students use their strengths as tools, transformation of minds builds their next step forward.