Educators are familiar with Howard Gardiner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. In a nutshell, Gardiner argues that whereas traditional IQ tests typically measure only
In teacher's college, we try to instill in our pre-service teacher candidates an appreciation for all the intelligences, and we attempt to teach our teacher candidates to design classrooms and learning activities that value all eight.
Interestingly, though, most teachers tend to be strong verbally-linguistically. And although we SAY we think all intelligences are valuable, I think deep down inside, we still favour verbal-linguistic, largely because most of us (teachers) are fairly articulate.
Learning to fly is demonstrating to me first hand how much visual-spatial and bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence is required for piloting skills. I am strong at neither, putting me at a real disadvantage.
It is the first time in a long time that the tables are turned, and it makes me really appreciate how many of our boys (the male brain tends to be wired for visual spatial) must feel in the traditional classroom.