This raises the question about the role of the teacher in helping young people to identify their particular strengths and weaknesses but not only in terms of their academic (IQ) ability. On a recent trip to a school in Denmark I spoke to a headteacher who had a very clear view about disruption in the classroom. She said that, in her opinion, a disruptive child is often one whose teacher has not found a way to engage him/her successfully in learning through a detailed knowledge of their preferred learning styles. In other words, the disruption is a symptom of disengagement with the curriculum, a situation for which the student and teacher are jointly responsible. This is definitely food for thought.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Ever wondered how intelligent you were? The old way of measuring intelligence, the IQ test, is no longer adequate as a way of measuring a person's true capacities. So much work has been done on the way the brain works that we now realise more sophisticated ways of assessing a person's strengths, their multiple intelligences, are needed. Howard Gardner is someone who has done a lot of the research in this area. This web site, created by the Birmingham Grid for Learning, uses Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences to provoke discussion about learning and teaching. There is even an online test if you're curious about your own intelligences. Any discussion of creative learning must take into account the variety of intelligences that everyone possesses, the assumption being that everyone is good at something.