Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Intelligences, Memory, and Education

Having suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and having previously been a teacher has led me to thinking a lot about the way we learn, the way I had taught, and memory. It has led me to reflecting on my learning about the author and educator Howard Gardner. I truly believe in the importance of this work for everyone, especially educators.

 

Multiple Intellegences theory deals with the ways we all learn. From those of us that are logical-mathematical to those of us that are musical, interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic or favor another of the eight Multiple Intelligences, we all have memories and things that we learn. I would like to share some of my reflections on teaching and learning. We all have had teachers that inspired us to learn. Whether it was someone who taught with demonstrations or stories, the way each of us learns can be different from one another. What is important for teachers to reflect on is that teaching is about presenting material in different ways to reach the most amount of students.

 

I would like to share some facts that came back to me after my traumatic brain injury. For example, some people I know were discussing the colors of a rainbow. ROY G. BIV came to my mind because this is the acronym used to teach the colors of a rainbow in order: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. Thinking about this led me to thinking about the first things we all learned, ways I learned, and ways I taught. Most of us learned to tie our shoes with a cute saying and making “bunny ears” with our shoe laces. Rhymes, patterns, and songs may have taught us other things. Listening to teachers and/or reading taught us as well. I remember the teacher that got me interested in history taught by explaining historical facts like stories. Many other students found him “boring”, but because this tapped into the way I learn and my love of literature it led to history being one of my minors in college.

 

I used multiple ways to present material to students. This helped my students to learn the material and it helped me to remember after my injury. From cutesy movements and sayings to acronyms to readings, visuals, and more education benefits from our use of our learning of Multiple Intelligences.

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