The Smarts @LGS
Updated: Feb 20
A question always prop up in the classroom: are we addressing the needs of the learners or satisfying the schedules of content delivery?
Well, at LGS, it has been a practice to differentiate the techniques to address the needs of the learners.
No doubt, such an approach is inevitably a smart thinking as well!
Delving deeper on the concept of differentiated teaching and learning process, we begin from the Smarts.
'The smarts' refers to the multiple intelligence that decide the learning attributes of the learners.
Dr, Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University,in his 1983 book Frames of mind, first advanced the theory of multiple intelligences (MI) .
The cognitive potential of every learner has the blend of the eight smarts :
Word-Smart __ (verbal- linguistic) relates with language; more on words, writing and presenting.
Logic -smart-- (mathematical) relates with reasoning, logical thinking and work with abstracts
picture-smart-- (visual-spatial) relates with visualizing, creating mental images
music-smart -- (musical) relates with identifying musical patterns, pitch and rhythms .
5. nature smart-- (Naturalistic) relates with observing nature, flora and fauna
6. body-smart-(kinesthetic) relates more with physical mobility , muscle movements etc
7. people-smart--(inter-personal) understanding the people, motivations and intentions
8. self-smart-- (intra personal) understanding oneself
so, with in the classroom , though we have learners blended with all the smarts, each one is different in the way the smarts got blended.
Yes, some are more interested in Maths, some in Sports , some in Drawing and some in dance; the list is innumerable as the number of learners we have !
To put in perspective, it becomes imperative on school to give experiential learning in different smarts.
Hence, for the lessons to be effective, differentiated methods to address the different smarts need to be incorporated in the lessons.
The wow of the lesson is in the blend of the smarts!