How can applying M.I. theory help students learn better?
Students begin to understand how they are intelligent. In Gardner's
view, learning is both a social and psychological process. When
students understand the balance of their own multiple intelligences
- To manage their own learning
- To value their individual strengths
Teachers understand how students are intelligent as well as how
intelligent they are. Knowing which students have the potential
for strong interpersonal intelligence, for example, will help you
create opportunities where the strength can be fostered in others.
However, multiple intelligence theory is not intended to provide
teachers with new IQ-like labels for their students.
Students approach understanding from different angles. The problem,
"What is sand?" has scientific, poetic, artistic, musical, and
geographic points of entry.
Students that exhibit comprehension through rubrics5,
portfolios6, or demonstrations come to have an authentic
understanding of achievement. The accomplishment of the lawyer
is in winning her case through research and persuasive argument,
more than in having passed the bar exam.
Students become balanced individuals who can function as members
of their culture. Classroom activities that teach to the intelligences
foster deep understanding about the essential questions of life,
such as: Where do we come from? What's the world made of? What
have humans achieved? What can we achieve? How does one lead a
Howard Gardner asks students at the
Ross School to ponder a question.
Workshop: Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences
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