Multiple Intelligences

It's not how smart you are, it's how are you smart?
An important quote from Howard Gardner,
author of The Theory of Multiple Intelligences:
"The biggest mistake of past centuries in teaching has been to treat all students as if they were variants of the same individual and thus to feel justified in teaching them all the same subjects the same way.​​​​​​​"​​​​​​​

Left to Right: Artistic Director Leslie Fanelli,
Dr. Howard Gardner, and teaching artist 
Barbara Pearson. 
Photo taken at Harvard University.

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        In 1983 Dr. Howard Gardner of The Harvard Graduate School of Education first told the world about Multiple Intelligences theory (MI) in his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Its publication heralded international interest in the field of education. Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which suggests that people have at least eight intelligences, encourages educators to reach beyond the standard Linguistic and Logical-mathematical ways of teaching and learning and to include Musical, Bodily-kinesthetic, Spatial, Naturalistic, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Intelligences. According to Howard Gardner, the definition of an intelligence is, the ability to solve a problem or create a product that is useful in one or more cultures.  This view of cognition has very little to do with IQ or any finite number. Indeed, intelligence is learnable. 

      In a hands-on workshop, residency, or conference, participatory creative drama exercises are presented for educators tapping all the intelligences. A wide variety of grade and cognitive levels are included in activities that are rich in providing content and promoting self-esteem. Highlighted are strategies that utilize participatory theatre arts and music exercises, and that address multiple intelligences in a creative, low-anxiety atmosphere. These activities are also analyzed by the participants, under the leadership of the Teaching Artist. Learning is fun! When interest level is increased, proficiency is increased. Although MI applies to all populations, it works exceedingly well with populations with cognitive, perceptual, learning, and other disabilities.
      Leslie Fanelli, a correspondent with Dr. Gardner, is listed as an MI resource in his book Multiple Intelligences, The Theory in Practice. Ms. Fanelli will personally create your MI program, geared to your specific needs and curriculum.  If desired, Ms. Fanelli and another Theatre in Motion Teaching Artist(s) will travel to your school district, campus, or site for a custom designed, MI workshop immersion in the New York City/New Jersey Metropolitan area, or depending on your budget, we can travel anywhere, just as we did in Cape Town, South Africa; Pueblo, Colorado; upstate New York; Washington, D.C., and the Jersey Shore.

The intelligences are (in no order of primacy):

Linguistic: The ability to understand and use language in order to solve a problem or create a product that is useful in one or more cultures

Logical-mathematical: The ability to understand the science of numbers or rationally deduce by sound reasoning (as in the conflict/resolution of a story) in order to solve a problem or create a product that is useful in one or more cultures

Spatial: The ability to transform objects of two and three dimensions within an individual's environment to give some kind of order or meaning to the space, which is used to solve a problem or create a product that is useful in one or more cultures

Bodily-kinesthetic: The ability to utilize the body and physical movement in order to solve a problem or create a product that is useful in one or more cultures

Musical: The ability to discern meaning and importance to percussion or to sets of rhythmically arranged pitches and/or to produce such percussive or pitch sequences in order to solve a problem or create a product that is useful in one or more cultures

Interpersonal: The ability to notice and make distinctions among individuals regarding their temperaments, moods, motivations, etc.; the ability to communicate person to person or to large groups in order to ...

Intrapersonal: The ability to know thyself in order to ...

Naturalistic: The ability to see and hear specific links in Nature, recognize patterns in Nature; the ability to categorize down to minute detail in order to ...

        Gardner's MI theory also embraces life long learning. Theatre in Motion's creative, participatory MI workshops help educators to increase student interest in this kind of learning.  Most important, his theory demonstrates that The Arts are cognitive, and not simply an "emotional bubble bath." 

         Please see our Professional Development page in regard to Leslie Fanelli's Skyped Multiple Intelligences class with National Chiayi University in Taiwan.

         Howard Gardner speaks about how The Arts are crucial and may likely provide the key to connecting the humanities and sciences. 

Following is Leslie Fanelli's article on Multiple Intelligences and
The Arts:

Below is the book that started the cognitive mindset of
Multiple Intelligences.  
Howard Gardner has written a plethora of edifying books over the decades.
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