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What Should Be in a Library? An MI Expert Explains

January 17, 2019

In August 2018, MI Expert Dr. Thomas R. Hoerr, Emeritus Head of School at New City School and Scholar In Residence, UMSL College of Education in St. Louis, MO, wrote an article about the questions that informed the design of the Learning Library at the New City School. Below, the article is printed in full and prefaced by a brief comment from Dr. Howard Gardner. If you are over fifty, […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 27, No 6

January 13, 2019

Welcome Readers, I hope that your 2019 has begun in a positive MI way. I hope that you are working to find ways for your kids to use all of their intelligences in learning. Regardless of your day job (or whether you even have a day job), I also hope that you are using the intelligences that give you flow. And, of course, I must ask if you are venturing […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 27, No 5

December 1, 2018

Greetings, MI Fans! Will you be using your Naturalist Intelligence in the near future? Howard Gardner states that intelligence is the ability to solve problems or to create products that are valued within one or more cultural settings, and my experience is that today people give less attention to the Naturalist than other intelligences. This lack of cultural recognition is a reflection of the times in which we live. After […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 27, No 4

November 1, 2018

Hi to MI Fans, What are your strongest intelligences??? A few folks contacted me after the last Intelligence Connections issue when I initially raised the question, and shared their strongest intelligences. The lingustic, logical-mathematical, and interpersonal intelligences were mentioned most often. (Perhaps that is logical since most of the readers are educators?!?) L to R: Armstrong, Hoerr, Shearer, Gardner. Some folks said that they don’t know because they’ve not had […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 27, No 3

October 1, 2018

Greetings MI Fans, What’s your strongest intelligence? If you’re like most people, two or three possibilities come to mind. You may even say, “Well, there are a couple that are equally strong.” While we each have a unique MI profile – some of our intelligences are stronger than others – we all have a few areas of MI strengths. The fact that we possesses strengths in different intelligences has implications […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 27, No 2

September 1, 2018

Greetings MI Fans, I hope your school year has started off well and that you’ve been creating opportunities for your students to learn through all of their intelligences. “All” is a big word, so perhaps you begin by working to fit one non-scholastic intelligence into your teaching. How might you incorporate the spatial intelligence – art, drawing, maps, design – into your curriculum and instruction, for example? Or what about […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 27, No 1

August 1, 2018

Greetings, MI Fans! Welcome back! What happened to U.S. schools starting after Labor Day?!? On the chance that you are looking for an amazing book to read, I highly, highly recommend Educated by Tara Westover. It is a gripping story! Westover recounts being raised by fundamentalist Mormons in Idaho,with no birth certificate, never seeing a doctor, and not attending school until age 18. Her journey is fascinating and frustrating, and […]

Looking for ‘Solutions’ in the Face of Staff Conflict

July 9, 2018

Tom was featured as a response in this EdWeek Blog post called “Response: Looking for ‘Solutions’ in the Face of Conflict” by Larry Ferlazzo. Read Tom’s response below. What are your suggestions on how to resolve teacher-to-teacher and/or principal-to-teacher conflicts? I led schools for 37 years and taught for years before that, so let me begin by sharing my bias: conflicts are inevitable when people come together. That’s true at […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 26, No 7

June 1, 2018

Greetings MI Fans, These are exciting times! More and more, the traditional and regimented approach to intelligence – that there is ONE intelligence and it can be assessed on a paper & pencil test – is being questioned. Howard Gardner exploded this notion in 1983 when he wrote Frames of Mind, and his insight has continued to echo. To be fair, an appreciation of Multiple Intelligences fell upon hard times […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 26, No 6

May 21, 2018

Hi MI Fans, Last month featured a really interesting presentation at the ASCD Annual Conference, “MI After 35 Years.” Yes, it’s been 35 years since Howard Gardner’s book, Frames Of Mind, changed how we view intelligence. Recognizing that intelligence is problem-solving, Garner identified the many different ways – the multiple intelligences – that people use to solve problems. Real-world problems, Gardner knew, are not limited to multiple-choice questions. Philosophically, understanding […]

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