Multiple Intelligence


As a teacher one needs to find out the types of intelligence inherent in the child and use them as a springboard to help the learning process. The teachers must remember that “Psychology does not directly dictate education; it merely helps to understand the conditions within which education takes place. One person’s limitation can be another person’s opportunity”. Nine kinds of intelligence would allow nine ways to teach, rather than merely one… further any powerful constraint that exists in the mind can be moblised to introduce a particular concept or a whole system of thinking in a way that children are most likely to learn, and least likely to distort. Paradoxically constraints can be suggestive and ultimately freeing.



Linguistic   Books, stories, poetry, speeches, author visits   Writing stories, scripts, poems, storytelling
Logistic   Exercises, drills, problem solving   Drawing, painting, illustrating, graphic design, collage making, poster making, photography
Spatial   Posters, art work, slides, charts, graphs, video tapes, laser disks, CD-ROMs and DVDs, museum visits   Performing, singing, playing, composing
Musical   Tapes, CD's, concert going   Counting, calculating, theorizing, demonstrating, programming computers
Bodily-Kinesthetic   Movies, animations, exercises, physicalizing concepts, rhythm exercises   Dance recital, athletic performance or competition
Intrapersonal   Reflection time, meditation exercises   Journals, memoirs, diaries, changing behaviors, habits, personal growth
Interpersonal   Teams, group work, specialist roles   Plays, debates, panels, group work
Naturalist   Terrariums, aquariums, class pets, farm, botanical garden and zoo visits, nature walks, museum visits   Collecting, classifying, caring for animals at nature centers
Existential   Working on causes, charity work, astrology charts   Community service

Quotes of the Day
  • “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
    - Aristotle
  • “Wisdom.... comes not from age, but from education and learning.”
    - Anton Chekhov
  • “Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”
    - Maria Montessori
  • “The best teachers become the best teachers by being their own best students.”
    - Laurie Gray
  • “Too often we forget that discipline really means to teach, not to punish. A disciple is a student, not a recipient of behavioural consequences.”
    - Daniel J. Siegel
  • “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
    - Plato
  • “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
    - Jim Rohn
  • “Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”
    - Adelaide Hoodless
  • "In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."
    - Phil Collins
  • "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever"
    - Mahatma Gandhi
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