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Multiple Intelligences on the Brain

October 18, 2017

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During the 2016-17 school year, all students at Crestview School spent a lot of time practicing mindfulness and learning about the 6 Cs – Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Character and Citizenship. Entering the 2017-18 school year with their tool kits full of strategies and understandings about these concepts, it is very evident they are ready to tackle a very important concept — learning about their own identities as learners in order to achieve their highest potentials.
     This year, students are beginning a journey towards understanding that there are many different ways to be a learner. When students understand that we are all different in our learning styles, we can appreciate one another and depend on one another to collaborate more effectively. This collaborative efficacy can be so powerful! Students are identifying their strengths by learning about Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.
      In each class, students are first identifying their strengths as learners and then working together to prepare their own multiple intelligences brain made out of plasticine. This 3D visual helps students identify who in their learning community they can go to for assistance in a specific situation. For example, if a student needs help creating a diagram, they can reach out to a classmate with visual-spatial learning strengths. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences include the following areas: musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.
     Understanding we are all unique also leads to higher levels of empathy. In turn, higher levels of empathy lead to more compassionate learning communities. When we support our students to feel calm, happy and safe to take risks among their peers without failure, we support their learning across curriculum.