There is a different way of looking at intelligence or what it means to be smart.
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by a professor of education at Harvard University, Dr. Howard Gardner. At the core of this theory is the recognition that people think and learn differently and that intelligence can be expressed in a multitude of ways. For example, people can express their intelligence in words (verbal/linguistic intelligence), through numbers and logic (logical/mathematical intelligence), and in pictures and images (visual/spatial intelligence). They also can express their intelligence through music (musical/rhythmic intelligence), in movement of their bodies (bodily/kinesthetic intelligence), in interactions with others (interpersonal intelligence), in personal insight (intrapersonal intelligence) and in ability to recognize and classify species of the environment (naturalist intelligence).
This new view of intelligence definitely challenges our ideas about what it means to be smart! However, the importance of these forms of intelligence can be seen in the esteem and high salaries we pay people who use their multiple intelligences to earn a living – people like athletes, artists, musicians, religious leaders, poets, counselors and designers!
Traditional schooling places an undue emphasis only on the logical/mathematical and verbal/linguistic intelligences, often neglecting other abilities. Here at Ladybird, we believe that all eight intelligences are equally important and a complete education should emphasize development of all of the intelligences. We seek to identify the special strengths and weaknesses of each child and nurture them accordingly. The children will gain a healthy and optimistic sense of themselves and use that knowledge to maximize their learning potential.
Ladybird's philosophy and innovative programs are based upon the pioneering research work of Dr. Howard Gardner who identified what he named the Multiple Intelligences (MI). Student are given opportunities to learn and grow in each of these eight intelligences:
Word smart students think in words and often learn best through verbal presentations, reading, writing and discussing. People who put their word smarts to work include authors, poets, public speakers, and attorneys. Famous folks include William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austin, and Emily Dickinson.
Students who are smart with regard to numbers and reasoning think in numbers. People who put their number/reasoning smarts to work include Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Isaac Newton.
Body smart involves physical movement and the wisdom of the body. Our bodies and minds continue to learn and improve performance as we practice skills in movement or sports. Famous folks include Babe Ruth, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, and Charlie Chaplin.
Students who are music smart often think in rhythms, melodies or lyrics and learn best through music or while music is played in the background. Famous folks include Ludwig van Beethoven, Madonna, Louis Armstrong, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Students show they are people smart when they make and maintain friends easily, are sensitive to the feelings, moods and motives of others, are good mediators, leaders and organizers. People who put their people smarts to work include Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, and Ronald Reagan.
Naturalist Intelligence describes a core ability to recognize and classify species of the environment. People who exhibited this intelligence and displayed an outstanding knowledge of the living world include Charles Darwin and Jane Goodal.