MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES LESSON PLANNING

The School Curriculum and Methodology cater to the all-round development of every student. The Unique Teaching methods oriented into the school system is ever-vibrant and innovative. This year, teachers were initiated to Howard Gardner's concept of Multiple Intelligence. The Resource Person Mrs. Nagamani Mahalingam highlighted the nine types of Intelligence and the manner in which lesson plans in each subject could be planned to focus on each type of Intelligence. She brought out the necessity of immersion, relaxed alertness and active processing of experience, if meaningful learning is to take place. Teachers were given hands-on training and one topic per term is dealt with using the Multiple Intelligence Format. This ensures that a wide range of activities are planned to hone a variety of skills. On Science Day a well-conceived programme on 'Multiple Intelligence' was one of the prized presentations.

The multiple intelligences theory was first published in Dr. HOWARD GARDNER's Book 'Frames of Mind, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences'. It was Gardner who recognized that the intelligences include not only verbal - linguistic and Maths logic but spatial, bodily - kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic and emotional.

Educating young children means recognizing that each of them is unique, complex and individualistic. Gardner says "If you want to teach something that is important there is more than one way to teach it. Multiple intelligences can be used as an inventory".

The intelligence used in whole group instruction is verbal - linguistic. Lecturing, writing on the board, providing worksheets and encouraging note - taking and listening are important teaching techniques as these are the foundations of the school system especially when children get older. After the whole group instruction, teachers integrate verbal - linguistic intelligence with other intelligences on a regular basis to reinforce learning. By including two or three intelligences in most lessons students are given opportunity in different ways.


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