Students’ learning varies; it mainly depends on how students react to certain situations. In most cases, one can be labeled as intelligent if he’s good in words and in numbers. However, this is not true at all times. Every individual has its own way of learning and interpreting situations.
The theory of multiple intelligences which was developed by Dr. Howard Gardner suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence is limited. The eight multiple intelligences which are Linguistic Intelligence, Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Spatial Intelligence, Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Musical Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Intrapersonal Intelligence and Naturalist Intelligence account for a wider range of human potential. In order to give equal value to each of the MI’s, it is suggested that teachers will be trained to impart their lessons in a varied way to give examples for the 8 MI’s. In some cases, students who excel in words and numbers are recognized not giving much attention to other types of learners and leaving them behind. Sometimes these learners are labeled as having an attitude disorder. To overcome this and to give fair treatment to all types of learners, presenting lessons might be in the form of numbers, words, music, pictures, role play, field trips and other art activities. In this way, students can be able to showcase their talents and skills in many different ways. (Armstrong, 2000)
In order to facilitate learning in each of the areas of MI, students must be exposed to different situations which confront them of these 8 areas. For instance, students will be exposed to different centers spending 15-20 minutes at each center. At the center, there can be a lecture which explains one aspect of the current theme. The centers which can be visited by the students are Personal Work Center, Working Together Center, Music Center, Art Center, Building Center, Reading Center and Math & Science Center. In each of the centers, they can work with activities and play with them so that they can be aware that such area exists. (Campbell, 1991)
To further facilitate learning, the following questions can be a guide for the teachers. For every level of Blooms Taxonomy, the following are some guide questions which describes the 8 MIs: (http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/Dalton.htm)
What is your understanding of the word charity?
When can you classify a person charitable?
When a beggar asks something from you, how would you react? How would you apply being charitable?
Based on the scenario, how, then, would a charitable person behave?
Based on your reaction to the beggar’s plead, conclude how a charitable person must react?
What would be your basis to evaluate your behavior?
Armstrong, Thomas. 2000. Multiple Intelligences. Retrieved on November 20, 2008 at http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multiple_intelligences.htm.
Campbell, Bruce. 1991. Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom. Retrieved on November 20, 2008 at http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC27/Campbell.htm.
No Author. No Year. Retrieved on November 20, 2008 at http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/Dalton.htm.