A middle school teacher reveals certain heretofore underappreciated abilities of her students.
By now, most teachers have heard of Howard Gardner's theory of the seven multiple intelligences, otherwise know as MI. At a recent inservice program on MI, the presenter informed us that an eighth intelligence has been discovered and that, in fact (her voice dropped to a whisper), there might be a ninth intelligence! The audience gasped and begged for more, but the presenter discreetly refused to divulge her source or to elaborate on the information.
I humbly submit that I was not surprised at the news. In my own classroom, I have observed at least seven Other Intelligences. I must caution the reader that although my findings might apply to students and people of all ages, my test sample involved only middle school students. In this report, I refer to the Other Intelligences as OI, pronounced "Oy," as in "Oy vey."
The Seven Other Intelligences