Varied student potential
Every child is unique and different! Even if siblings from the same parents living under the same roof shows different temperament, inclination and potential! Hence the design, development and the implementation of curriculum need to take into consideration of the varied student potential.
Multiple intelligence (Howard Gardner, 1999)
Gardner think people know the world through many channels of conception such as “through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligence – the so-called profile of intelligence -and in the ways in which such intelligence are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains.” (cited in Lane, n.d.).
- Linguistic intelligence involves sensitivity to spoken and written language, the ability to learn languages, and the capacity to use language to accomplish certain goals.
- Musical intelligence involves skill in the performance, composition, and appreciation of musical patterns. It encompasses the capacity to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms.
- Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence entails the potential of using one’s whole body or parts of the body to solve problems. It is the ability to use mental abilities to coordinate bodily movements.
- Spatial intelligence involves the potential to recognize and use the patterns of wide space and more confined areas.
- Interpersonal intelligence is concerned with the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people. It allows people to work effectively with others.
- Intrapersonal intelligence entails the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one’s feelings, fears and motivations.
Different tendency and inclination in perceiving and process information means individual may have different preferred learning styles. It is good to take note and be flexible in selecting learning resources and activities so that students with different intelligence may have fair and equal access to the learning opportunity that favors their strength instead of becoming a hindrance.
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