Long time, no see right? For the past few weeks, I’ve been in this phase where its like I’ve lost all enthusiasm and I can’t get myself to do anything and at the same time I feel very overwhelmed. I miss blogging and I’m thankful to all my followers for sticking with me.
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Last week in Church, I had the opportunity of learning something new and the other day, I was watching a Korean series (School 2017) where the main character Eun Ho and some other students are discriminated against by the teachers and school authority because they are at the bottom of the class in terms of grade. The thing is, Eun Ho might not be so good academically but she’s very talented at drawing. Her drawings are real. She plans to enter College by winning a drawing/webtoon competition. The unfortunate thing is that her teachers do not realise nor appreciate it.
Most times, students’ intelligence are judged by how good they are academically. In Nigeria and in many countries of the world, you have to get at least a C in mathematics and English or your O’level result is null and void. Lately, I’ve learnt there so much more to intelligence than that.
According to the American developmental psychologist Howard Gardener, there are nine levels of intelligence
1. Linguistic Intelligence: This is the ability or the talent to put words together.
Some people has that ability to speak eloquently, even in the midst of people.
2. Mathematical / Logistical Intelligence: Everyone has or had that classmate who seem to know all the answers to every math equation.That’s the perfect example of someone with this sort of intelligence.
3. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence: This is the ability to maneuver your body to music. E.g. Dancing. It’s also the capacity to stay graceful and coordinated when using a range of physical skills and manipulating objects. E.g surgeons, athletes.
4. Inter-personal intelligence: This has to do with being able to understand another person’s feelings and interact effectively with others.
Leadership comes easy to people with this type of intelligence because understanding people’s motive and being able to effectively communicate is what makes a good leader.
5. Musical Intelligence: To be able to put words together. It’s more than singing, it’s being able to create music. Write songs, play instruments.
6. Naturalistic Intelligence: Also known as nature smart. This refers to human beings sensitivity to the natural world. It’s also seen in the way consumers discriminate between products. This becomes a vital skill for people who end up being chefs and botanist.
7. Spatial Intelligence: This has to with being able to visualise. Like our dear Eun Ho, you can’t draw without visualising. They consider things in third dimension and are highly creative. Also, fashion designing, graphic design, architects, sculptors, painters.
8. Intra-personal Intelligence: This has to do with being able to understand yourself, your feeling, what you want. You ask some students about their future ambition, and it’s like they have it all figured out while some will say ‘They don’t know’. That’s the difference between some one who has intra-personal intelligence and someone who doesn’t.
9. Existential Intelligence: To be able to understand and explain to a large extent why we are here on earth, the meaning of life, why we die.
Understanding these levels of intelligence, helps you discover what your talents are.
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