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A Journey of Understanding

Since Howard Gardner first introduced his Multiple Intelligences theory, educators have been grappling with its implications. Gardner himself does not presume to superimpose his model on teaching and learning, but rather defers to educators as the experts who can best apply his work in the classroom.

In order to make this happen, teachers first need to know the distinguishing characteristics of each of the intelligences. This is important, because in many cases we take an intelligence at face value without truly examining it for its distinct attributes and features.

If we are going to effectively transform instruction by use of Gardner 's theory, then we must understand it in its basic tenets. To do any less would be to not give it its due as a viable model. Explore each of the intelligences experientially - one at a time!