How Is Your Baby Smart?
Yes, you read the question correctly. I didn’t ask, “Is your baby smart?” I asked, “How is your baby smart?” In the classroom setting, it is no longer a matter of which students are more intelligent or “smarter” as the kids would say. It’s about meeting the needs of all students, no matter what their academic level. One way I do this as a teacher is by addressing the multiple intelligences of my students but as a parent knowing where your child’s strengths are can be a valuable tool in helping guide his or her education.
In the early 1980s, Harvard University professor Howard Gardner introduced his “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” which explored the different ways in which people learn. There are eight different intelligences and your child may show strengths and preferences in certain areas. By recognizing these different ways of learning, we can better meet the learning needs of all of our children.
- Linguistic (word smart)
- Logical-mathematical (logic smart)
- Spatial (picture smart)
- Bodily-Kinesthetic (body smart)
- Musical (music smart)
- Interpersonal (people smart)
- Intrapersonal (self smart)
- Naturalist (nature smart)
Over the next 8 days I will explore how children may learn under each intelligence and share activities you can do with your child to encourage their learning through each of the multiple intelligences. Want to learn about your own strengths? Take this multiple intelligences test to find out your strengths.
I like take it every so often just to see if anything is changed. I usually stay about the same, but it’s always a good reminder of where my strengths and preferences happen to be.