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Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 33, No 5

May 24, 2024

MI is about human potential. MI is recognizes that we are all smart in different ways. Dear MI Readers (or “Student Advocates”), Happy spring! I write as most of the educators and parents I know are preparing for summer. The relatively less challenging pace of summer should be a time for relaxing and recreation. But summer should also be a time for reflection and rejuvenation. What have we learned and […]

Podcast: Out of the Trenches

May 15, 2024

Listen to Tom on The Out of the Trenches Podcast, where conversations are had with those who have been in the trenches as educators and managed to come out in tact.   Listen Now

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 33, No 4

March 4, 2024

Greetings MI Fans, For years (since 1989!) this newsletter has featured the ideas of educators. Understanding that MI is a tool that can help students and teachers grow, I have cited the experts, including Howard Gardner, as well as others who have written about student success and intelligence. Of course, I often added the perspectives that I held from leading an MI school. I saw first-hand how using MI helped […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 33, No 3

November 27, 2023

Dear MI Friends, This issue of Intelligence Connections offers thoughts from two teachers who used MI while working at New City School. No surprise, their testimony and enthusiasm speaks volumes! After all, who can speak better to the power of MI than those who taught with and through various intelligences and saw their students grow? Thanks to Eileen Griffiths and Joy Poole for sharing their experiences. First, though, while noting […]

National Public Radio

November 13, 2023

Check out Tom’s conversation about multiple intelligences with Heather Rose of Roanoke’s National Public Radio station.

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 33, No 2

October 10, 2023

Dear MI Fans, What do MI teachers say? For more than 30 years, I’ve used this forum to share the power and potential of MI. Many experts have shared their thoughts and experiences, including Dr. Howard Gardner, the creator of MI. It’s hard to be more of an expert about MI than Gardner, right? Well, not totally. You see, while Howard is an expert for conceiving of MI, the teachers […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 33, No 1

August 14, 2023

Greetings! This issue of Intelligence Connections features Howard Gardner’s reflections on 40 years of Multiple Intelligences. No surprise, his insights and candor are very interesting. But first, it’s August and a new school year is upon us. Let’s begin by thinking about the implications of MI for educators. Do we all learn the same? Nope, and the obvious answer to this question makes the case for the theory of multiple […]

Podcast: An Imperfect Leader Podcast

June 6, 2023

Every Head of the Seven Headed Dragon Matters: Dr. Tom Hoerr Talks About Multiple Intelligences and the Instance He May Have Omitted One In this episode, Tom Hoerr talks about both the theory and practice of Multiple Intelligences, and Peter Stiepleman, the host, shares Tom’s influence on him as a learner and leader.   Listen Now An Imperfect Leader: The Superintendents and Leadership Podcast, is a series where leaders look […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 32, No 5

May 17, 2023

Dear MI Fans, AI & MI: Artificial Intelligence and Multiple Intelligences “What are multiple intelligences?” I asked ChatGPT, the new artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Within a few seconds it said: “Multiple intelligences are a theory of intelligence developed by Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner in 1983. It suggests that there are eight different types of intelligence: linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. Each type of intelligence is associated […]

Podcast: Thinking Classroom Podcast

May 9, 2023

Does your school culture ‘feel right’? Does it express who you are and what you want for your pupils? In the Thinking Classroom Podcase, Educator Mike Fleetham talks to Tom about the six facets of organisational culture – vision, values, people, place, practices and narrative. They look at empathy, gratitude, parent relations and how to make those values you display in the reception area actually mean something. Tom shares wisdom […]


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