“Suspecting and knowing are not the same.” – Rick Riordan
When in doubt, seek clarity. At least that’s what we believe at Kyt and this philosophy plays a huge role in our curriculum as well. Our goal of providing progressive learning to our young students syncs well with our urge of getting the basics right.
To add new perspectives, in our daily conversations with parents, we’ve observed that a lot of them aren’t sure what their child is truly interested in pursuing outside the limited orbit of academics. It’s understandable because kids can be full of doubts about choosing one particular discipline — one day, they might be keen on getting online classes for chess and another day, they might show interest in online courses for yoga — and this common behaviour puts the parents in a fix sometimes.
Taking all these factors into account, we decided to go for a scientific approach towards alleviating, if not solving, this problem. That’s how the Multiple Intelligence Test (MIT) got into picture. It’s basically a series of questions aimed at parents to help arrive at a sound conclusion around the child’s interest and needs, as far as an extracurricular choice is concerned.
Designed by Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist and research professor at Harvard, MIT is widely recognised as an efficient method in helping parents decide better for their children. As the name suggests, the idea is to go beyond the literal meaning of ‘intelligence’ and dig deeper into understanding how every child is different. The way one kid looks at a painting isn’t how another child does. And this distinction is what is effectively gauged by the numerous questions posed in MIT.
Multiple Intelligence Test identifies 8 types of intelligences among kids –
1. Logical-mathematical intelligence: Such kids enjoy brain teasers, puzzles, logic exercises, counting or doing calculations, solving computer-related concepts, etc.
2. Linguistic intelligence: These kids prefer to spend time on reading, talking, sharing stories and jokes, writing poems, learning languages, playing word games, etc.
3. Spatial Intelligence: This type of intelligence highlights children’s capacity to think in three dimensions – good at drawing, reading maps, looking at pictures, solving mazes, etc.
4. Musical Intelligence: This is for kids who are keen on learning different sounds, and can also mean they can sing, understand music, play instruments, compose songs, rhythms, etc.
5. Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence: Such kids showcase kinesthetic intelligence and are good at dancing, acting, imitating gestures/expressions, sports, running, jumping, etc.
6. Intrapersonal Intelligence: These children embody independence and set goals and focus on achieving them, understand their feelings and know their strengths/weaknesses.
7. Interpersonal Intelligence: As opposed to intrapersonal intelligence, these kids are good at talking, working in teams, helping others, mediating conflicts and interacting with others.
8. Naturalistic intelligence: Kids with this kind of intelligence enjoy camping, hiking, caring for animals, learning about nature, recycling and caring for the environment, etc.
Based on these intelligences, we group children into specific interests.
To its credit, thousands of educators have used such tests to help parents (read: kids) identify their core interests and thus play a part in nudging them in the right direction.
As a child grows, their thought process continues to evolve too. In other words, their intelligence goes through a constant change, affecting the manner in which they grasp their surroundings. Thanks to tests like MIT, we are able to pinpoint these developments and help children nurture and develop multiple areas of interest.
In our experience conducting many courses (Chess, Music, Yoga, Language, Vocals) and multiple workshops (Art, Animation, Baking, Design Thinking, Pottery, Fitness, LEGO, etc.), we’ve noticed how kids start with one course or workshop and develop interests (and eventual skills) in other courses/workshops as well. The path of learning is extremely connected.
If you are a parent of a kid between the age of 5 and 15 but haven’t taken the Multiple Intelligence Test yet, we’d strongly recommend you do. By the end of the questionnaire, you’ll most probably share a thought that many parents have shared with us: you know your child a lot better than you thought you did.
In case this blog post proved helpful to you in any way, we’d request you to share it with fellow parents so that they can make the most of it as well.
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