Multiple intelligence according to Gardner has eight distinct intelligences namely linguistic, naturalist, musical, intrapersonal, spatial, interpersonal, logical-mathematical, and bodily-kinesthetic (Gardner, 1993). Multiple intelligences explain why a person is able to perform better in some fields and poor in others (Woolfolk, 2005). After completing the “Find Your Strengths” form, I have realized that I am strong in aspects and weak in others. After completing the form, I agree with the results as they actually articulate who I am. This is based on the segments of logic/math, social, and self. To start with, I am very strong in using numerical symbols and numbers, in knowing my relation with my family, liked by people of all ages, often look for weakness I notice in other in myself, use equations in describing relationships and explaining my observations, consider physical fitness of great importance, I fit with different types of people, I influence other people easily, have effective team skills, and a good sense of myself.
My weaknesses on other hand are in music, nature, love for pets, love for plants and animals, and being free with strangers. Even though I am weak in this, I do not mean that I cannot learn to perfect my weak skills. This implies that an instructor can use the students’ weaknesses and strengths to decide on the best learning method. It is possible to understand how to relate with colleagues, my own children, and students since I understand what they are qualified in and what should be improved (Berlin, 1978). For instance, learning one’s social skills helps in determining how to relate with others. I also understand that different learners are talented different and with different intelligences and thus should emphasize on them when grading their performance.
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Gardner, H. (1993). The unschooled mind: How children think and how schools should teach. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Woolfolk, A. (2005). Educational Psychology (9th Ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn& Bacon Publishing.