Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory

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Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory changed the idea of learning drastically. Many people believed you could only learn one way, by listening to a teacher lecture in front of the classroom. Tests like IQ tests determined how smart you were. How can you define intelligence? Howard Gardner defines it as “a biopsychological potential to process information in certain kinds of ways, in order to solve problems or create products that are valued in one or more cultural settings” (Gardner 2011). Everyone is gifted in their own way. Gardner studied gifted students as well as people with mental disabilities. He came across “savants” or “a person affected with a mental disability (as autism or mental retardation) who exhibits exceptional skill …show more content…
Getting up and moving, not only helps retain their attention, but it also helps the students who are stronger in the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. Bodily- Kinesthetic students usually excel in athletic activities and activities that let them move. Teachers can help strengthen this intelligence by building things, role-playing, or by using hands on activities.
During one of my lessons about saving money, my children sang me a song about nickels and quarters. This is a wonderful example of the students using the musical intelligence in the classroom. My teacher also keeps music playing in the background during class. During my years in school I can still remember rhymes and rhythms that were used to help me learn something. This idea that I am able to use my musical intelligence to learn, even though I cannot keep a beat or hear a tune, amazes me. These tools can help students remember something
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If a teacher implements this theory in the classroom the students will not only get a more personal education, but it can also provide more positivity and optimism in the idea that each student is unique and gifted in their own way. With my experience, the multiple intelligences used in the classroom have helped shape my students into stronger and more intelligent individuals. In the future, I hope to use Howard Gardner’s theory to provide a welcoming and stimulating educational

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