The theory of multiple intelligences is very intriguing and expands our horizon of available teaching/learning tools beyond conventional linguistic and logical methods (e.g. lecture, textbooks, writing assignments, formulas, etc.) that are currently being used across schools around the world. Developed by Dr. Howard Gardner, Professor of Education at Harvard University, it proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults, as depicted in the Multiple Intelligence Wheel.
The Theory of Multiple Intelligence highlights the transformative way in which our schools are run. Our teachers are trained at regular intervals to present their classes in a wide variety of ways using cooperative learning, music, art and craft activities, roleplay, multimedia, field trips, inner introspection, and much more, thus ensuring each of our children are presented the opportunity to learn in ways that are synchronous with their unique minds.
Communication skills are improved through creative writing, poetry, debates, public speaking, listening, storytelling, explaining, teaching, understanding the syntax and meaning of words.
Critical thinking skills are enhanced through problem solving, classifying and categorising information, working with abstract concepts to figure out the relationships, handling long chains of reason to make local progressions, doing controlled experiments, questioning and wondering about natural events, performing complex mathematical calculations, working with geometric shapes.
One’s interdependent relationship with flora and fauna in the natural eco-system around us can be explored through camping, nature walks, bird watching, nurturing, learning about species and exploring the environment. Through this, students understand that nature nurtures, and learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle, and live in harmony with nature.
Self-reflection of one’s strengths and weaknesses is important as is being aware of one's inner state of being. Evaluation of one’s thinking patterns and understanding one’s role in the world can be developed by yoga, meditation and development of personal skills.
The visual arts expands creativity with exposure through photography, understanding charts and graphs, imagination, sketching, painting, creating visual metaphors and analogies, manipulating images, constructing, fixing, designing practical objects, interpreting visual images.
A ‘Rhythmic mind’ is developed by singing, whistling, playing musical instruments, recognizing tonal patterns, remembering melodies, understanding the structure and rhythm of both classical and contemporary music.
Beginning with the control of automatic and voluntary movement and progressing to using the body in highly differentiated ways - the skillful manipulation of one's body or an object requires an acute sense of timing and direction, as well as the ability to transform an intention into action.
Social intelligence is developed through group dynamics, using empathy, understanding other people's moods and feelings, counselling, co-operating with groups, noticing people's moods, motivations and intentions, peaceful conflict resolution and establishing positive relations with other people.