Howard Gardner is truly a remarkable man! He identified seven distinct intelligences that have greatly contributed to the world of teaching and learning. Sadly, we often face the educational challenge where we assume that everyone can learn the same material in the same way. We need to realise that individuals differ in strength of these intelligences. This is similar to gardening: every gardener (learner) can benefit from tips for planting. Yet, crops and flowers all have specific nurturing requirements that differ in amount and frequency. Therefore, we need to keep track of this in order to have 'plentiful harvest'.
I recently discovered an article about implementing the multiple intelligences in the classroom (shared by Ruzél van der Poel) and absolutely love the idea of creating a 'Music Center': students are given the opportunity to compose and sing songs about the subject matter, make their own instruments and learn in rhythmical ways. Those who consider themselves learning best by music will surely say: "Thank you for the music..."
So, how do we accommodate everyone? I think we can all agree that this will be a difficult task! It requires additional time, planning, effort, innovative ideas and assistance. However, in the end it will be worthwhile trying. You can help bring out the best in learners and make them believe in each day. Who knows - soon, the learning problems might just fade away!
I advise you all to follow the link to Ruzél's blog and read more about implementing Gardner's intelligences in the classroom. In addition, I also shared the following video of Lanny Sherwin, singing about people being different.
Remember: birds of different feathers can flock together!