One way to make teaching more interesting is by using the theory of Multiple Intelligences proposed by Howard Garner. Garner suggests that all people have different kinds of “intelligences.”
Gardner proposed that there are eight intelligences, and has suggested the possible addition of a ninth known as “existentialist intelligence.” People can have varying levels of each intelligence, and they can change over time.
A person most likely possesses a range of abilities but might be particularly strong in a specific area. For example, an individual might be strong in verbal, musical, and naturalistic intelligence.
Teachers can use multiple intelligences in the classroom for the benefit of their students by customizing lessons, classroom layouts and assignments for these multiple intelligences.
Gardner argues that schools and teachers should teach in a way that supports all types of intelligences, not just the traditional ones such as linguistic and logical intelligences.
How to Use Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom
Get to Know Your Students Better
There are many MI assessment tools available online and to print for use in your classroom. These tests can provide a fascinating snapshot of your students’ innate abilities. Students should think about how to use their strengths to help them in all subjects. Maybe that musically intelligent student should make up a song to help her learn the Periodic Table of Elements. Or that visually inclined student should draw a picture to help remember the life cycle of a butterfly.
Expand Upon Traditional Activities
Traditional school activities focus primarily on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences. But here are some ways to reach any intelligence type in your classroom:
In this section you will discover The Eight Intelligences in people. While these intelligences can be found in people we will concentrate on children.