Food for thought

Entering a new class and looking at so many beautiful faces, got me thinking about how I can capture my students’ learning this year.
 They all look intelligent children but in different ways. Some of them say they enjoy words and numbers, whereas others love being creative (they wished to draw something for me).I was even asked to take them outdoors to play a game at the schoolyard.
The following image is exactly what I found in class today.

 Verbal Linguistic--   Well-developed verbal skills and sensitivity to the sounds, meanings and rhythms of words
Logical – Mathematical-- Ability to think conceptually and abstractly, and capacity to discern logical and numerical patterns
Naturalistic-- Ability to recognize and categorize plants, animals and other objects in nature
Intrapersonal-- Capacity to be self-aware and in tune with inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes
Visual-Spatial-- Capacity to think in images and pictures, to visualize accurately and abstractly
Musical-- Ability to produce and appreciate rhythm, pitch
Bodily-Kinesthetic-- Ability to control one’s body movements and to handle objects skillfully
Interpersonal-- Capacity to detect and respond appropriately to the moods, motivations and desires of others

"I want my children to understand the world, but not just because the world is fascinating and the human mind is curious. I want them to understand it so that they will be positioned to make it a better place. Knowledge is not the same as morality, but we need to understand if we are to avoid past mistakes and move in productive directions. An important part of that understanding is  knowing who we are and what we can do… Ultimately, we must synthesize our understandings for ourselves. The performance of understanding that try matters are the ones we carry out as human beings in an imperfect world which we can affect for good or for ill. "(Howard Gardner 1999: 180-181)