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Multiple Intelligences in History of Education Reform

Issue 13. Dec. 12, 2023 Gillian is a seven-year-old girl who cannot sit in school. She continually gets up, gets distracted, flies with thoughts, and doesn’t follow lessons. Her teachers worry about her, punish her, scold her, reward the few times that she is attentive, but nothing. Gillian does not know how to sit and …

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Issue 1 – Multiple Intelligences @ 40 Reflections

February, 2023 Multiple Intelligences: Promoting Human Potential since 1983 In 1983 Howard Gardner published his landmark book, Frames of Mind, introducing the theory of multiple intelligences (MI). Much has happened over the course of those 40 years as MI theory has traveled around the world at light speed. MI has had a profound impact on …

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Issue 3 – Thomas Armstrong, MI for Healthy Aging

March, 2023 This month’s essay reflecting on 40 years of multiple intelligences is by world renowned educator, Thomas Armstrong. Multiple Intelligences Theory as a Model for Healthy Aging Programs Thomas has been an inspirational leader for educators around the world since shortly after Frames of Mind was published in 1983. I remember teaching a class …

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Issue 6 – MI at New City School by Tom Hoerr

Thomas Hoerr, founding architect of the MI-inspired New City School in St. Lous, MO, discusses the challenges and value of implementing multiple intelligences. He draws on decades of experience with a vast number of students, teachers, and parents to conclude that “MI is not a panacea, but it can bring joyful learning into the classroom.” …

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