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MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES cont. (Howard Gardner)
7. NATURALIST (nature-smart) – respond to the natural environment.
This group is sensitive to all living things (plants, animals) & other features of the natural world (clouds, rock formations, minerals) – due to a highly developed sensory perception. This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters-gatherers & farmers, and continues into today for chefs, horticulturists, scientists….. and is also used by consumers to make choices from the overwhelming variety of brands in the marketplace.
As young people they enjoy shows & stories about animals or natural phenomena. May show a strong interest in astronomy, biology, botany, geology, meteorology, paleontology or zoology. They feel most alive when in contact with nature, & so are interested in exploring, nurturing & preserving the environment.
The repetition & boredom of office, factory & other workplaces can stifle creative thinking. This is because the brain-area that stores routines / patterns based on daily activities (basal ganglia), does not encourage new thinking. To give imagination a boost, we can tap into our latent Naturalistic I. whenever /wherever possible – like going barefoot sometimes. Nature helps stir insights & connections, so we can let it nurture our mind & encourage sensory awareness!
— highly aware of surrounding, even subtle changes
— bothered by pollution, sensitive to weather
— prefer being in nature preserves, parks, forests
— walk in the woods, follow animal footprints
— automatically categorize or collect things
— collect natural things (rocks, feathers, shells….)
— keep notebooks, dry flowers, create specimens
— like to learn names of all kinds of living things
— enjoy studying plant parts & reading about nature
— have a green thumb, garden, photograph landscapes
— passionate about animals, pets, zoos
— like to play in/live by water, be in the wilderness
ENJOY: being outdoors & with animals
LEARN: Thru using the senses, watching animal behavior, experiencing, identifying & recording ecological principles
TOOLS: binoculars, magnifying glass, use microscopes, telescopes
CAREERS: Scientist, ecologist, animal trainer, farmer, traditional medicine man using herbal remedies (MORE….)
INCREASE ability: be in the great outdoors: plant a seed, volunteer at an animal shelter, take a walk with a naturalist, read about animal classifications (start with kids’ books). Study relationships in the natural world, compare/contrast groups or make connections to real life issues
TECH ideas: Discovery Education, online encyclopedias, Google earth, virtual explorations, iMovie, digital cameras, iPods, video cameras
FAMOUS People: Charles Darwin, John Muir, George Washington Carver, Rachel Carson, J.J. Audubon, Jacques Cousteau
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8. SPACIAL/VISUAL (picture-smart) – think in images & pictures.
This group has the ability to think in three dimensions – imagine, understand & represent the visual-spatial world. They can orient themselves in their environment with either vision or touch, navigate in the world as well as to determine the perspective of others.
As young adults they may be fascinated with mazes, jigsaw puzzles, or spend free time drawing or daydreaming. Compared to Auditory-Sequential learners, they tend to be late-bloomers.
Core capacities include mental imagery, spatial reasoning, image manipulation, graphic and artistic skills & an active imagination. EXP: know exactly how furniture will fit into a room without measuring, or buy a scarf that beautifully matches/complements the blue in a blouse you have at home (perfect “chromatic pitch”).
This mental activity includes street smarts & common sense, by making decisions based on matching a variety of situations & contexts. This requires learning & remembering almost simultaneously (fluid & crystalline – see Part 1) which is possible because of a switchboard in the brain.
— daydream, imagine & pretend more than others
— enjoy art & other visual activities
— like machines, drawing figures
— build interesting 3-dimensional objects
— have good hand-eye coordination
— need to doodle or draw
— prefer geometry over algebra
— notice details, good with maps & directions
— good at formulating hypotheses
— can rotate, transform & otherwise manipulate objects
ENJOY: art, designing, drawing, imagination games, illustrated books, movies, puzzles, trips to art galleries / museums, visualizing
LEARN: visually & by organizing ideas spatially, verbal & physical imagery. Need to see concepts in action in order to understand them.
TOOLS: charts, 3-D modeling, drawings, graphics, photographs, TV/ video, multimedia
CAREERS: architect, film director, chess player, painter, pilot, sailor, sculptor (MORE….)
INCREASE ability: change main color of work or home environment, be a backseat driver & provide directions for a trip, fit groceries in the back of car, do jigsaw puzzles & mazes, sculpt clay, play chess. Capture ideas on video. Take an architecture course. Use Pecha Kucha presentations to stimulate & challenge (embraced by designers of all types)
TECH ideas: Kid Pix, Draw and paint programs, Excel, Create A Graph, United Streaming, Visual brainstorming, organizational tools, charting, and diagramming, bubbl.us, gliffy, YouTube, Discovery Education, Comic Life, Quicktime, add music to presentations and movies, Podcasts, iPhoto, Photo Booth, Read Write Think: timeline
FAMOUS People: Winston Churchill, Einstein, Picasso, Stanley Kubrick, Anatoly Karpov (chess master), Georgia O’Keefe
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