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Friday, November 18, 2011

Develop Your Child's Many Ways of Being Smart

I recently participated in a professional development opportunity and was presented with a number of resources.  The article I site below was among these resources.  To be completely honest, I first read this article with the perspective of being a father.  Like many of you, I have two children and sometimes it is hard to believe they come from the same gene pool. How do we (my wife and I) guide our kids to be the best people they can be?  It is a question we ask ourselves frequently.  Parents have the most and best knowledge of their kids (our students).  This knowledge paired with some educational research can be powerful.

The concept of Multiple Intelligences is not a new one, but one that has stood the test of time.  Every kid is smart.  They are often smart in different ways.  Some kids do better when they hear information, some need to see the information and some need to be moving and experience new concepts.  Many kids show strengths with interpersonal skills and others are introspective and deep thinkers.  Any of these sound familiar to you?

At school we try to include activities in our units of study that tap into all or most of these strengths.  This way all kids can use their strengths to show what they know.  It is also beneficial to have students participate in activities that are not in their area of strength.  This will further develops their skill sets.

In the article, activities are mentioned that connect with each type of intelligence so you, the parent, can recognize and foster the development of these attributes.  Recognize the intelligences in your child.  Feel free to call your child's teacher and let them know what you've discovered (or perhaps what you've known all along)! 

P.S.  Please excuse the typo in the title of the article if you download it!   


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