What is a multiple intelligences school?
According to Howard Gardner, we have eight intelligences. The multiple intelligences theory holds that all children are intelligent and may be so even more if they receive the proper education.
The theory of multiple intelligences (MI) suggests that students should have daily opportunities to involve his eight intelligences in any work carried out in the classroom and at home. As will do so later in the real world, as they solve problems, create products and will be validated by a community called world.
For a child of two years the problem is not how to make a tower of cubes, but how to share this precious experience and pass it from vertical to horizontal... The product of their intelligence is not only if it meets the verticality or artistic genius; also how has done it, which has made it, how you have felt when he did it... was singing, thinking MOM, was a story expressed in the form of a tower?
There are at least eight different intelligences in the case of a child's brain. How many possibilities do offer us minds solve a mathematical operation? How many degrees of learning available a child on a subject?
Global problems of all kinds are resolved through multiple domains and disciplines; that has to be reflected in the classroom, represented in all its diversity and the shape and the variety that motivates an experience of learning, project, method, tools, materials, and freedom in the choice. Through this variety the child has the opportunity and the possibility of discovering and exercise your mind -as if it were a gym - the eight intelligences and their multiple combinations and contexts.
The eight intelligences are wonderfully universal, are in all cultures and to observe them, we have to have a nonconceptual mind. All human beings possess a normal development of all intelligences in extent, condition and State. The question is not whether or not a child has a particular intelligence, but rather in what manner, degree and combination is used. On practical issues would be: do we create class space? What approach does our pedagogy? It recognizes the eight intelligences and ensures that all children have equal opportunities to express themselves in a space time?
The intelligences are trainable and therefore we can all be smarter. This marks a pattern of contrast in relation to the traditional view that the intelligence was mainly a trait inherited, immutable, with which you were born. The IM theory argues that all children are intelligent and can be even more. But it must not confound expectations with accomplishment; the sense of duty does not extend in an area - that would be a mistake. Offer a series of repeated and multiple experiences to acquire a concept does not foster understanding, nor the skill, they may get tired to a kinesthetic mind. Less is more.
Children have unique intelligences profiles that are developed in environments and will evolve over time--because the brain is an organ in growth. We believe that we have the intelligence and that each of us chooses. But the strengths and preferences at any given time are only the result of a "choice" between a multiple field of possibilities.
The child has to learn to choose well, and also to fit the error with scientific spirit. The profile of intelligence can change, develop, grow, just like a tree in a garden, with more or less water, wind, temperature. Environmental factors play an important role in the formation and development of intelligence, creating a constellation of skills. It is crucial, therefore, how we organize classes, curriculum, evaluation, to ensure that there are opportunities that all children can Discover, explore and nurture these strengths and interests. As well as to recognize and encourage the interest and skills in areas more difficult or less attractive.