We teach learners and leaders to follow the crowd if we demand they follow the same paths to our goals as everybody else follows. A stumbling block to growth? When we fail to help others unleash their hidden and unused intelligences, they may well fail to move forward.
The question: How smart are you? may work for lectures and traditional tests that require water-tight answers in classes or meetings. Participants who awaken multiple intelligences in your circles though, will respond to a deeper question, How are you smart?
The two questions differ.The latter assumes that humans come to our table with many mental capabilities that can become their best tools to engage the entire group forward successfully.
Their multiple intelligences help all participants to investigate new possibilities through mental strengths they bring to every circle! How could it be so to create a space for your interests or capabilities?
1. Mathematical or logical tools enable you to trace the logical chains of reasoning to discern where problems rooted and what sequence works 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 your group.
3. Musical or rhythmic tools help you compose musical solutions to problems faced. Imagine studying musicians who expanded similar communities through music, for instance.
4. Visual spatial tools help you to create or use images, graphs, or visual portrayals to understand and explain topic related problems and to offer innovative possibilities.
5. Bodily-kinesthetic tools engage movement, building and handling materials in ways that deepen your understanding about past and future challenges and opportunities for a lesson topic.
6. Interpersonal or social tools help you to discern and respond well to moods, temperaments, motivation, and desires of different people as they engage, learn from and value counterpoints on hot topics.
7. Intrapersonal or introspective tools tap into your confidence, self-knowledge, integrity and discrimination for good or bad choices for yourself and others.
8. Naturalistic tools help you draw on patterns and designs in nature as a way to see real world problems and propose nature-related solutions for growth going forward in your topic.
Multiple intelligences improve outcomes – by targeting more brainpower than lectures or speeches awaken in meetings or gatherings. What do you think?
When you use mental strengths as tools, transformation of minds begins to build an innovative next step forward.