According to Howard Gardner, there are 8 different ways to demonstrate one's intellectual ability. These are defined in his theory of Multiple Intelligence's. From the age of 7, kids start questioning life and starts solving problems but haphazardly. Optimal learning occurs when our brains are appropriately challenged. However, when the learning challenge is too threatening, our brains 'down-shift' (Hart. 1983). Numerous studies support that a school environment must be one that challenges the brain in non-threatening ways and makes use of the visual and performing arts for teaching and for building emotive expressiveness, language, problem-solving skills, creativity and memory (Simmons, 1995). The significance of the learning environment cannot be underestimated. The brain learns faster in challenging, creative, accommodating and healthy environments!
Based on this theory, Primary Plus 1st and 2nd MI Challenge was organized. The focus of these events was on the following areas:
In short, Multiple Intelligence theory is:
- Beneficial to teachers
- broadens their teaching repertoire in order to reach all students
- Beneficial to students
- Given more opportunities to succeed in the classroom and life by raising their self-image
The concept of MI Challenges is as follows: