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Multiple Intelligences

Multiple Intelligences
Harvard professor Howard Gardner was born during the Second World War to parents that had immigrated to Pennsylvania to escape Nazi Germany because they were Jewish.  
The key educational work of his career, the 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,is the examination of multiple intelligences and the theory that different people process things differently. Gardner originally identified seven distinct “intelligences”: Visual-spatial, Body-kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Verbal-Linguistic, and Logical-mathematical.  It has changed some over time.
Gardner has many critics - most of whom object (reasonably) to the logic of claiming that traits such as “interpersonal skills” as having any relationship with “intelligence” which typically refers to the measure of how you score relative to other people on a very limited and narrow test of purely cognitive ability. They simply are not the same thing - especially after Gardner s…

The Rule of Threes

Rule of Threes
Most of our students could very quickly come up with several groupings of three from literature, music, proverbs or other cultural sources:
3 blind mice 3 little pigs 3 bears 3 billy goats 3 strikes 3 stooges 3 Musketeers 3 “bags full” 3 “times a lady”
And, of course, Rock, Paper, Scissors and the “countdown” therein
The first three numbers are among the very first things any child learns, because people think in threes in specific ways - it is the very first number that creates patterns and rhythms and organization and a sequence other than “first” and “last”.
Notwithstanding, we are also a species of dualities, too - man and woman, night and day, good and evil, old and young, them and us, on and off, truth and lies, up and down,and left and right positive and negative but dualities are not examples of sophisticated organization, but are rather the simplest examples- while triplets can be organized, and sophisticated.
Consider the mix of the following groups of threes: Thesis, …
Adagio is an Italian word of Latin origin which is used in music, suggesting a slower tempo. It was derived from the Latin ad agio, kind of a way of saying, “be at ease” or “take it easy.” Adagio means moving at a tempo which is close to the typical resting heart rate of a person of average fitness and health, which is centered around 72 beats per minute.  Lots of music even today is at or around 72 beats per minute.  It is a very natural tempo that suggests youtake your time, be deliberate with things.  It is slower than most modern music, with time to spare to listen carefully to music and watch the Moonrise and feel the evening winds blow.
But of course it is also some amazing music.
Many of you may know, and most of you have heard, the Adagio in G Minor for Organ and Strings. This is a slow and subtle and pulsing and powerful and unique work with a lot of contemporary exposure - it is featured in a lot of movies. Most of you have probably heard it.
It is, without a doubt, th…