Having read about Howard Gardner for years and learning about his theory of
Multiple Intelligences, it was great to hear him actually contributing to
and providing commentary during the session on Different Kinds of Smarts.
As a teacher, his theory makes sense on all levels. It's a shame that many
schools and subjects are assessed primarily in linguistic and
logical/mathematical ways. He has freed us all up to appreciate everyone in
our classes and to value and reward different types of intelligence. By
doing so, we reach everyone and help all students to feel a sense of
belonging and that they are valuable in the learning community that is our
classroom. His approach of using student's strengths as a starting point or
hook to engage them and then help them develop other strengths makes a lot
of good common sense in the classroom.
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Received on Wed Jun 26 2013 - 09:34:46 EDT