Have you ever wondered what is the “ intelligence” ? I have thought that people who get a high result on studying are smart people. However, thanks to Primary English language Teaching subject, I know a new concept of intelligence . It’s Multiple intelligence . It shows me a new understanding about intelligence which has many aspects.
According to Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard , there are eight intelligences defining a person’s whole intelligence. Each type of intelligence describes a different power of learning. To understand more about it, we carried out a Multiple intelligence test in class. And then, I and my classmates compared the test results with our personality, behavior and experience. As a result, we completely agree with the views of Howard Gardner. Naturally, a person’s intelligence is a combination of linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, intra personal and nature smart.
The first is linguistic intelligence including those capable of speaking, reading and writing skills. They can use vocabulary, grammar in an effective way. The second is logical intelligence including people who are good at working well with numbers and like to deal with logic or reasoning. The third is visual intelligence. This type of intelligence includes people that are good at visualizing. They like decorating their house, landscaping or drawing. The next type is bodily intelligence, it shows the abilities of using body to solve the problems. They are good at physical exercises, such as: playing sports, dancing, walking, and so on. Musical intelligence is the fifth type of intelligence. People in this category can remember musical melodies quickly and have a good sense of rhythm and appreciate music. They even have a beautiful voice or can play a musical instrument. The six type is interpersonal intelligence . People in this group can understand and work with other people. They also encourage and motivate others. The following is intra personal intelligence. This is intelligence of self-understanding , they know their weakness and strengths. And the last type, naturalistic intelligence, is classified as people who can identify or have a sensitivity or natural forms such as: animals, flowers, etc.
After doing a multiple intelligence test, I realized that I had high levels of intelligence in linguistics. These results were not surprising to me. I always like speaking in front of people. Moreover, I also like writing a poem and story. I have ever gotten a prize of writing poem when I was young. That is also the reason why I like presentation subject and can study vocabulary quickly. I am really happy because teacher can be a good choice for me . And I will try my best to become a good English teacher in the future.
To sum up, Each person in the world has their own ways to learn effectively. You can get a success not ?. It depends on what kind of intelligence you have and how you learn. For example, if you’re the people of visual intelligence, you can learn by using the pictures, if you’re the kind of musical intelligence, you should listen to music to relax and study. Try to develop your ability following the way you want. Try your best and never give up.
=> Thanks for your comment, here are some ideas to teach English for children when applying multiple intelligence in the classroom
Firstly, we should help children recognize their multiple intelligences by inviting them to complete The Connell Multiple Intelligence Questionnaire. They will find it exciting to see the areas they are strongest in, and to understand how these might be affecting their schoolwork.
After that, we design activities suitable for each type of intelligences to help students study English better.
__ Completing crossword puzzles with vocabulary words.
__ Writing short stories for a classroom newsletter.
__ Writing feature articles for the school newspaper.
__ Writing a letter to the editor in response to articles.
__ Creating poems for a class poetry book.
__ Listening to a storyteller.
__ Telling a story to the class.
__ Playing math games like dominoes, chess
__ Searching for patterns in the classroom, school, outdoors, and home.
__ Using science tool kits for science programs.
__ Designing alphabetic and numeric codes.
__ Using pictorial models such as flow charts, visual maps, Venn diagrams, and timelines to connect new material to known information.
__ Taking notes using concept mapping, mind mapping, and clustering.
__ Using puppets to act out and reinforce concepts learned in class.
__ Using maps to study geographical locations discussed in class.
__ Writing their own songs and music following the topic
__ Listening to music to study
__ Using rhythm and clapping to memorize math facts and other content-area information.
__ Creating costumes for role-playing, skits, or simulations.
__ Playing games like Twister and Simon Says.
__ Using yourself to act out characters in a book, vocabulary words, animals, or other content-area topics.
__ Participating in scavenger hunts, searching for items related to a theme or unit.
__ Building objects for example : circle, round,etc….
Interpersonal (People Smart)
__ Working in group
__ Interviewing people in class
__ Tutoring your classmates.
__ Writing reflective papers on a topic
__ Writing goals for the future and planning ways to achieve them.
__ Caring for classroom plants and studying about it
__ Organizing or participating outdoor activities, for example in the park or in the school yard