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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 […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 32, No 4

March 9, 2023

Hi MI Fans, Are you ready for Spring Break? A break should be a time for some reflection and relaxation, not simply catching up on tasks, so with the gift of some extra minutes, how about stepping out of your dominant MI? Yep, why not carve a 90-minute block or two so you can engage in an intelligence that isn’t your forte? (Me? I live linguistically so I’m going to […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 32, No 3

January 14, 2023

Greetings MI Fans, This edition of Intelligence Connections features two articles, both of which highlight the value of Multiple Intelligences. The first refers to everyday use of MI and an article by Temple Grandin. The second article, “The Healthy Break: Kinesthetics in the Classroom,” that looks at the importance of exercise in learning. Margarita Mariana Falco, is by an English Language III at the EFL Teacher Training Program at Universidad […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 32, No 2

November 20, 2022

Greetings MI Fans, This newsletter presents two perspectives on MI. First, I write about the hierarchy inherent in the terms “gifted” and “talented,” and argue that we need to expand how we think about “gifted” to include all of the intelligences. Special thanks to Megan Roegner, teacher of gifted students at Lindbergh High School (MO), for helping me ponder this issue. Any errors or misinterpretations, though, are mine. The second […]

For School Leaders, Empathy Isn’t Optional

November 16, 2022

Leading with empathy helps us become more effective supervisors. “Leading through empathy sounds wonderful,” the principal said to me, “but how do you do this while also being a good supervisor?” She was attending a workshop based on my book, The Principal as Chief Empathy Officer (ASCD, 2022), and her question inspired me to reflect on the pressures that cause tension between the need to give strong and directive supervision […]

How School Design Can Hinder Or Help Collaboration

October 20, 2022

If your school culture lacks energy, think about reworking physical spaces to encourage “creative collisions.” Do you remember hearing about the medieval tales of King Arthur and his knights of the square table? Well, most likely that’s not how you remember the tale. That’s because, beyond being strong enough to extract a sword, Excalibur, from a stone, Arthur was wise enough to convene his team around a round table, one […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 32, No 1

September 20, 2022

Greetings Fans of Multiple Intelligences, I hope that your school year has begun on a positive note. Covid hasn’t gone away but life seems getting back to normal in schools. However – and it’s a big however – our students’ scholastic progress slowed during Covid, and many educators have told me that there is a corresponding loss in students’ personal intelligences, their ability to manage themselves and relate to others. […]


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