So I went to this really great presentation on Tuesday night. Our son Mitchell goes to Westside Christian High School and they hosted a friend of ours, Doreen Dodgen-Magee. Doreen and her husband Thomas graduated from George Fox University with my husband and me. She has since earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and practices here in the Portland Metropolitan area. As you can imagine Doreen is a wealth of information, most of which is over my head. Her topic the other night was; Nine Kinds of Smart: Multiple Intelligences. Wow, was this enlightening.
In her presentation she touched on the following kinds of smart:
- Linguistic/Word Smart
- Logical/Math Smart
- Visual/Picture Smart
- Kinesthetic/Body Smart
- Naturalist/Science Smart
- Interpersonal/People Smart
- Intrapersonal/Self Smart
- Existential/Spiritual Smart
- Rhythmic/Music Smart
It was really fun sitting there trying to figure out my kids and husband. She said in some form our personalities envelope all of the 9 kinds of smart, however 2 or 3 of them will be dominant in each of us. In fact, as I pondered my husband and figured him out=), I became more empathetic for who he is. It is really true when you understand someone and how they tick you have a new admiration for their gifting and make-up.
Doreen even had 9 long tables set up with manipulatives, toys, games, books and activities that enhance the learning of each kind of smart. It was fascinating seeing the many resources and tools we have at our fingertips to help our children learn and grow into happy, healthy, intelligent young adults. I wish so much I would have taken pictures of the tables so that I could give you all a glimpse. I do however have a list from Doreen of what she had on each of the tables. If you are interested in obtaining this list simply let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward the list to you.
Question: What kinds of resource are in your home to help advance the way your children learn?