We all have some skills that come more naturally than others. For some of us speaking & writing comes with ease, while some of us are great at socializing and getting along with different kinds of people and for some of us we have flair at numbers and resolving problems. Each of us have our own unique strengths and abilities. It’s the same with children too. Every child has his own strengths. These strengths can be used to harness the potential of child.
Traditionally, those who are good at mathematics or language or those who have exceptional grades are the ones considered “Intelligent” and the ones that are not good or rather don’t score well or not good at math are considered “Not Intelligent”
Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of neuroscience from Harvard University, developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) in 1983. According to the theory of Multiple Intelligences, there are eight (and a new one added to it recently that makes it 9) different ways of being intelligent. Intelligence is not about what we know but how we learn.
We all use all eight under different circumstances, favoring some over others and creating an individual “intelligence profile” that is unique to each of us. The eight intelligences reflect different ways of thinking, solving problems, and learning. In an MI view, everyone has all of the intelligences; it’s just that each person has his/her own unique MI profile.
Here is briefly about the eight different ways of being Smart, The ninth Intelligence has been recently added.
Once we acknowledge that there are more than one ways of being intelligent, we start accepting each child as uniquely intelligent. If the measurement and comparison on the scale of intelligence is removed, rather an effort is made to identify the child’s unique strengths, the boost he/ she gets in terms of self-esteem and self-confidence is immeasurable.
The moment we consider a child good in music at par with a child good in math, at par with a child good in sports, at par with a child good in making friends and dealing with others – we open up a new avenue of opportunities for children to succeed.
When children are accepted as intelligent – the teacher approach towards the child and child’s approach to learning changes
Today’s is a world which demands multiple skills from successful people. Early exposure to all intelligence’s automatically leads to a more comprehensive development for the child.