Developing Multiple Intelligences for Young Learners)

Multiple intelligences (MIs). Wow! This is the first time I know about it in my Primary Training Course. The teacher taught us what MIs are and how to develop MIs for young learners, and now I will share something I have learned about them. Multiple intelligences that were introduced first by Howard Gardner in his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences as a model of intelligence that differentiates it into specific (primarily sensory) “modalities”, rather than seeing it as dominated by a single general ability1.  He gave eight kinds of MIs and some characteristics of them; however, modern scientists said that there are seven MIs like Verbal/ Linguistic, Logical/ mathematical, Spatial/ Visual, Bodily- kin aesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal intelligence. At the class, the teacher said, “We are all intelligent, but each person has a profile. You can be very strong in or two intelligences, or perhaps weak in one or two others.”  For example, she said, “She is good at controlling the body and handing the objects, hearing and making sound and rhythm in music”, means that she was strong in using bodily- kin aesthetic and musical intelligences because she liked listening to music, singing, dancing when was child. Because we have a unique combination between two or more MIs, both adult and children, and each of the intelligences involves our cognitive skills, therefore, all of us can use them in our learning and something. In children, their MIs develop quickly and strongly. Children can learn, imitate or do it very quick because of combination between two or more MIs. To develop MIs for children, the teachers need to:  Firstly, find out strengths and weaknesses in their students, as well as one or more MIs to help the children develop their brain and body. Secondly, create a good learning environment, which is friendly, welcoming, stimulating and supportive, help children do not feel shy, fear when go to class. Thirdly, build a suitable lesson for children. This means the content of the lesson is suitable with their ability, interesting or stimulating like funny activities and games, beautiful songs … to help their MIs develop better. I think that developing MIs for children is not difficult, if the teachers know how to combine those or other ways harmonious, their MIs will develop well.

Reference

  1. Gilman, Lynn (2012) [2008], “The Theory of Multiple Intelligences”, Indiana University, retrieved 14 November 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_multiple_intelligences
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3 thoughts on “Developing Multiple Intelligences for Young Learners)

  1. Hi Hien, My name is Nhung. I have read your sharing. I have the same idea with you that it is the first time I know about MIs. After learning and reading your sharing I know that I have more than one MIs. You also give a example ” she said, “She is good at controlling the body and handing the objects, hearing and making sound and rhythm in music”, means that she was strong in using bodily- kin aesthetic and musical intelligence because she likes listening to music, singing, dancing when was a child” It is so easy to understand. However, in my opinion, you should talk more clearly about the theory of MIs but by your words, by your understanding. Furthermore, if you can provide some activities in the class to identify and develop students’ MIs, it will be better! Thanks for your sharing!

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