What is intelligence? This theoretical and extremely open-ended question has brought way to many great discussions over the years, with a lack of a clear cut and defined answer. When reading the Lilienfield textbook, one thing stuck out to me in particular, maybe because I had heard it before. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences addresses the idea that there are many different kinds of intelligences in the world, eight to be more specific. The eight types of intelligence in the world, according to Howard Gardner are linguistic, logico-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. More about these are expressed in the following video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_uuYwbDzp8 This theory is something very similar that my Calculus BC teacher talked about in class. His name was Brad Kohl, and he was known as one of the more strange teachers at my high school. Most thought it was just because he was weird, but if you were to be in one of his classes, you would have learned that it was because he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, which is a form of autism. Although he didn't teach me much about Calculus, he definitely changed the way in which I view intelligence. One day in class, he was talking about something irrelevant to calculus, as normal, and he began talking about how he was actually a really good cook. No one in our class believed him; we thought he was just messing with us and telling one of his many lies. He expanded on his love for cooking by sharing with us other things at which he believed to be good. Some of these included math, drawing cartoons, and mowing the lawn. After he shared his list, my friend raised her hand and said, "what the heck are you talking about?!" Mr. Kohl then told us his theory about the lemonade pitcher: that when we are born, God gives us each a lemonade pitcher full of intelligence. Throughout our lives, we pour a little bit of the lemonade into different cups, and this represents the distribution of our intelligence. For example, some of President Obama's intelligence is in politics, some is in public speaking, etc. We all have different things in which we are "intelligent", and it is just a matter of finding it.
This theory of multiple intelligences is also often implemented in the classroom. The article discusses the way in which different educators use Gardner's theory to effectively connect with their students. I really enjoyed this article because this is something in which Mr. Kohl focused. He was really good about understanding that all of his students were different and that they excelled in different things.
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