We’ve thought long and hard about how to categorise our learning experiences.
You might expect us to divide experiences into conventional subject categories like maths, foreign languages, sports, crafts and so on. However, we think it is vital for both educators and learners to consider the development of a balanced person and wanted to find a better way to classify learning.
We are using the ‘Multiple Intelligences’ framework created by the psychologist Howard Gardner to categorise the learning experiences. We call them ‘Strengths’.
The strengths categories are:
Verbal - e.g reading and writing, thinking in words, storytelling
Logic - e.g cognitive problem solving, thinking about abstract ideas
Visual - e.g drawing and painting, using and manipulating space
Musical - e.g creating, performing and appreciating music, singing, and playing
Body - e.g using one's body, manipulating objects, dancing and sports
People - e.g exercising empathy and compassion, resolving conflict in groups
Inner - e.g self awareness, self management, self motivation, authenticity
Naturalistic - e.g interest in the natural world, recognising flora and fauna
Existential - e.g contemplating deep questions about the human condition