Concept to ClassroomThirteenED HOME
Home About The Series Resources
 
Explanation Demonstration Exploration Implementation Get Credit

What is the theory of multiple intelligences (M.I.)?
How does this theory differ from the traditional definition of intelligence?
What do multiple intelligences have to do with my classroom?
How has M.I. theory developed since it was introduced in 1983?
Who are the critics of this theory and what do they say?
What are some benefits of using the multiple intelligences approach
in my school?

How can applying M.I. theory help students learn better?
How can I find out more about M.I. theory?



What do multiple intelligences have to do with my classroom?

There are numerous ways to express oneself, and probably even more ways to gain knowledge and understand the universe. Individuals are capable, the theory of multiple intelligences advocates, of deep understanding and mastery in the most profound areas of human experience. Even long before the theory emerged and was named in 1983 by Howard Gardner, numerous teachers fostered the intelligences of their students.

Think of it this way: J.K. Rowling, Richard Feynmann, Lauryn Hill, Julian Schnabel, Mia Hamm, Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra, Jane Goodall, and Gary Larson are students on your seating chart.

Multiple Intelligences Classroom


  • J.K. is writing the next Harry Potter adventure on scraps of paper.
  • Richard is daydreaming the equations enabling a quantum computer.
  • Lauryn softly hums the tunes for the sequel to "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
  • Julian has painted brilliant fall leaves on each windowpane.
  • Mia can't wait to get to PE.
  • Colin has organized the school's charity fund drive.
  • Deepak provides in-class spiritual counseling.
  • Jane adds a new animal to the class menagerie daily.
  • Gary scrawls witty absurdities in the margins of his notebook.

The next time you have a chance to reflect on your class, imagine your students as individuals who have fully realized and developed their intelligences.

Next





Workshop: Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences
Explanation | Demonstration | Exploration | Implementation | Get Credit

Concept to Classroom | About the Series | Resources | Sitemap | Credits

Thirteen | Thirteen Ed Online | thirteencelebration.org