Category: Newsletters

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 28, 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 28, 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 […]

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 […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 26, No 5

February 6, 2018

Greetings! I hope that the beginning of 2018 has started in fine fashion for you. As you think about your classroom and school, remember that life-long learning begins with student engagement and student success. None of us want to continue to beat our head against the wall. With that in mind, I often talk about a school’s “smile quotient.” When I visit a school, I hope to see kids and […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 26, No 4

January 12, 2018

Happy New Year, MI Fans, The question posed in the last issue, “Who was the smartest person in your high school graduation class?” generated some fun discussions. Too often we view intelligence as an abstraction, a two- or three-digit number that indicates one’s ability to solve problems. It’s understandable that we might think like that; after all, the curriculum, instruction, and assessments in most educational institutions are designed around that […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 26, No 3

November 1, 2017

Greetings MI Fans, “Who was the smartest person in your high school graduation class?” [Before you read any further, take a moment to consider the question.] I often begin my presentations – whether they are about MI or The Formative Five (which inhere in the intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligences) – by asking the audience that question. I pause to allow them to reflect, and then ask whether it was an […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 26, No 2

October 1, 2017

Greetings MI Fans, Written around the time of the American holiday of Halloween, I see a connection between the theory of multiple intelligences (MI) and some of the costumes worn by the kids who troll our neighborhood seeking candy. You see, like many of the undead vampires and villains, similar to the costumed creatures from the crypts, MI won’t die. That’s a powerful statement. MI was conceived by Dr. Howard […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 26, No 1

July 1, 2017

Greetings Multiple Intelligence Fans, I hope that your summer is going well, and that you are finding some time to relax and refresh. As teachers and administrators know, being an educator – touching the future through our students – is a remarkably rewarding experience, but it comes with a cost. That cost is more than the out-of-pocket expense that teachers typically spend each year (estimated at $500 per year by […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 25, No 6

April 1, 2017

Greetings MI Fans, How does it feel to be in the last lap of the school year? I know that this time of year is always busy: there are the things that should be happening in April and May as well as all of the things that you didn’t get to and want to address before the summer hiatus. There simply isn’t enough time in the school day, school week, […]


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