First conceived by Harvard professor, Howard Gardner in his 1983 book, Frames of Mind, the theory of Multiple Intelligences expands our understanding of “intelligence” beyond the familiar linguistic and logical – mathematical intelligences (“three Rs” of reading, Writing and Arithmetic) to include the spatial, musical, body- kinesthetic, naturalist, interpersonal, intra personal and spiritual intelligences.
Our job as teachers is to identify and nurture all of our students’ talents. Too often schools focus only on the linguistic and logical- mathematical intelligences. While these are very important- kids must learn how to read, write and compute- they only scratch the surface of children’s talents. The Multiple Intelligence model confirms our intuition that all children have talents.
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