Big Idea - Multiple Intelligences

Two young boys painting. Since Bloom, many theorists have deepened our understanding of how some humans learn best. Howard Gardner, among others, expanded the notion to include multiple intelligences.

The theory of multiple intelligences (MI) was first described by Howard Gardner in Frames of Mind (1983). Gardner defines intelligence as "an ability or set of abilities that allow a person to solve a problem or fashion a product that is valued in one or more cultures."

Gardner claims that all human beings have eight multiple intelligences. Each can be nurtured and strengthened, or ignored and weakened.A young girl playing the violin.

With respect to students, he believes, "It's not about how smart they are, it's about how they are smart.

In the following pages we will explore all eight of Gardner's intelligences and provide strategies for how to nuture each in the classroom setting.


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