Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.
Helping teachers see their students in a new light, with a healthy perspective on why they have the strengths they have, is one of the best things we do at Celebrate Kids, Inc. Being able to identify and classify strengths as intelligences is empowering and refreshing.
When teachers know their students are smart, they are more likely to strategically teach to all eight smarts of the brain. This allows students to be more motivated and successful and feel smarter. This results in them actually being smarter because more intelligences are awakened and applied to the topic. It’s such a win-win!
Last week, teachers and administrators from a fine Christian school in Mobile, AL, encouraged me. During a four-hour presentation about multiple intelligences, they were engaged, responsive, and bright.
A teacher of young children emailed me about Monday’s successful devotional based on Jonah; “I was able to ask questions that appealed to different intelligences. There were more students than normal who raised their hands in excitement to answer the questions.”
She continued with a favorite answer from a quiet student who never speaks up: “I asked, ‘What do you think it looked like in the belly of that big fish?’ I could see this little girl’s face light up as she raised her hand, and responded, ‘I think there would be a lot of little fish inside the big fish!’”
How encouraging! A normally non-participating student eagerly shared because an intelligence strength was tapped. Understanding that each student is smart in eight different ways makes a difference!
I love the teacher’s conclusion: “It’s inspiring to see how happy the children are when they realize how smart they are.”
Exactly. Do you want to know more? If you haven’t read my book, How Am I Smart? a Parent’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences, you can order it here. Learn how to engage and encourage your students and children.