Howard Gardner And Multiple Intelligences

March 24, 2011

At faculty meetings, before our Formal Dinner, or simply when it presents itself,  our faculty and staff will often share a “moment.” It can be a topic meant to generate further thought or discussion, a simple observation or personal development, or that brief teachable moment with a student that is just too good not to share with the rest of the gang.

To begin this morning’s faculty meeting, our own Mrs. Stack took charge of the moment and  shared a video interview with Harvard University Professor Howard Gardner that she watched recently as part of her graduate work.

In it Gardner talks about his theory of multiple intelligences, the idea (simplified) that people learn in different ways and have different cognitive strengths (he goes into more depth in a number of books including Five Minds for the Future).  His theory is one that is always forward in our minds here at Gould as teachers engage students through a variety of methods from the Socratic to asking individuals to reflect and create stories through technology.

Different students require different ways to absorb and process information as each pursues that best version of his or herself.

As I sat there, I found this clip fascinating to listen to.  Perhaps it is because my brother and I grew up with an educator and a psychologist with an Ed.D for parents that it spoke to me.  Or, perhaps it is because working at Gould I see faculty and students engaging in different ways that bring Gardner’s words to life on our campus every day. Perhaps a little of both.

Either way, my moment today on this blog is to share Mrs. Stack’s moment. I hope you enjoy it.

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