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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for teachers and parents, 22 April 1999
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This book is a delightful way to learn more about Gardner's MI theory. The exercises are fun. The lists at the end of each section generate a lot of wonderful ideas for ways to discover more about your child's intelligences (or your own, for that matter). As a teacher of grades 7 -11, I found this book invaluable!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You know much more than you think.....", 1 Dec 1998
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The rest of the quote is ..."because you think in more ways than you know." This is the idea behind the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and Dr. Armstrong really makes it interesting and fun to learn how to develop all of your intelligences. If you ever went to school (who didn't?), or are planning to go to school, READ THIS BOOK! It should be mandatory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What They Don't Teach You At College, 1 Aug 1997
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For people interested in learning more about multiple intelligences without the lengthy sentences and academic verbosity, this is a great book. Not only is it simple in its text, but it's also fun to read because of the exercises and tests included for each intelligence. You learn that in real life there is no one true way to label a "smart" person, and for the more unconventional and unusual among us this is good news. You can realize and apply your talents to everyday life, and try to develop the intelligences in which you are not as strong. So when you look at your old high school report cards or college transcripts and groan loudly in disgust, throw them in the trash and read this book.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A key resource for Leaders, Entrepreneurs, and Managers., 13 Aug 1999
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Leaders, entrepreneurs, and managers must be consummate teachers to be highly successful.
Gardner's model as made readable by Armstrong provides keys to effectively communicating wisdom and experience in a way that teaches. (Remember: learning is indicated by a change in behavior.)
Working with leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs around the world, I have always observed an "aha" reaction when presenting what is covered herein.
I recommend this book highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Insightful and Liberating!, 20 July 2008
Significant work has explained the various types of human intelligences. Research published argues that the usual view of human intelligence is far too narrow. Standard IQ testing only tests Logical-Mathematical Intelligence and Linguistic Intelligence. These tests don't help predict success or happiness in life. Nor do they test the other intelligences. Let's discuss these other intelligences in more detail.

Daniel Goleman teaches Emotional Intelligence in his book by that name. He argues convincingly that Emotional Intelligence is a essential factor in determining personal and professional success. Goleman explains that individuals who are able to tap into self-awareness, self-discipline and empathy are usually happier, healthier and more successful personally and professionally.

Before Daniel Goleman's book, Howard Gardner did pioneering work on the theory of Multiple Intelligences in the early 1980's. Although the concept of Multiple Intelligences had existed for some time, Gardner brought fresh thoughts to the subject. His book "Frames of Mind" explains a non exhaustive list of human intelligences. Thomas Armstrong helped interpret these intelligences for the general population in his book: 7 Kinds of Smart. They are:

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence -- People who have this intelligence can apply it to do mathematical problems of varying complexity. It is also pattern recognition ability and applying a stream of logic to get answers to questions. It is a primary component of convergent thinking skills. It is first of the two intelligences that western academics evaluate using the usual IQ tests.

Linguistic Intelligence - This enables an individual to develop the ability to understand language, word speech, and the methods used for these. It is the second intelligence that western academics are evaluated with using the usual IQ tests.

Music Intelligence - This enables an individual to have an internal feel and sense for music. Ludwig van Beethoven's had this ability. He wrote beautiful music such as Ode to Joy, the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. Individuals who have music intelligence may or may not have a strong understanding of music theory.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence - This enables an individual to excel as an athlete such as sports player, dancer or gymnast. Eye hand and body coordination are big factors in body kinesthetic intelligence.

Spatial-Intelligence - This intelligence provides the ability to see things spatially. It is an important aspect of an athlete to sense his environment during competition. A gymnast would not do well if he didn't know where the parallel bar was spatially during a flip. This is also a skill that good architects must have in order to see the spatial requirements of a structure that he is designing.

Interpersonal Intelligence - This enables an individual to interact and relate to others effectively. Daniel Goleman's work on Emotional Intelligence explains this intelligence in depth.

Intrapersonal Intelligence - This is the intelligence of the inner-self. A person who can easily access his or her own feelings and emotional states by being introspective has intrapersonal intelligence. Utilizing this intelligence allows an individual to have an enriched and purposeful life.

Thomas Armstrong says:

"The message is clear: IQ tests have been measuring something that might be more properly called schoolhouse giftedness, while real intelligence takes a much broader range of skills."

Whether there are seven kinds of intelligences or more is not that crucial, nor is the possibility that there are subsets to any or all of these different types of intelligences.

What is important is that if there are multiple intelligences, (and I for one agree), then a whole new world of opportunities awaits those who are willing to learn their true strengths and passions in life.

Knowing that you possess other intelligences and the ability to pursue your natural gifts (full or part time) can be a liberating experience and a spiritual awakening!

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5.0 out of 5 stars What They Don't Teach You At College, 1 Aug 1997
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For people interested in learning more about multiple intelligences without the lengthy sentences and academic verbosity, this is a great book. Not only is it simple in its text, but it's also fun to read because of the exercises and tests included for each intelligence. You learn that in real life there is no one true way to label a "smart" person, and for the more unconventional and unusual among us this is good news! You can realize and apply your talents to everyday life, and try to develop the intelligences in which you are not as strong. So when you look at your old high school report cards or college transcripts and groan loudly in disgust, throw them in the trash and read this book.
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