7th June, 2015 saw the launch of a new school in Nolambur, a fast growing suburb of Chennai. The school named Sharada Vidya Mandir nursery and primary school is the brainchild of Dr Mrs Aruna Ravichandran, a passionate educationist and a former principal with more than twenty years of experience in school education. She has worked both in the CBSE and the Tamil Nadu Education Board. It is this vast experience and exposure that will make this school a genuinely different place for the children studying here. Focus is on the Multiple Intelligence theory of learning.
What is the Multiple Intelligence theory of learning?
Howard Earl Gardner (born July 11, 1943) is an American developmental psychologist and the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He is currently the Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero, and since 1995, he has been the co-director of the Good Project.
Gardner has written hundreds of research articles and thirty books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. He is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, as outlined in his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983).
According to Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, humans have several different ways of processing information and these ways are relatively independent of one another. The theory is a critique of the standard intelligence theory, which emphasizes the correlation among abilities. Since 1999, Gardner has identified eight intelligences: linguistic, logic-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. Gardner is informally considering two additional intelligences, existential and pedagogical. Many teachers, school administrators, and special educators have been inspired by Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences as it has allowed for the idea that there is more than one way to define a person's intellect.
Dr Aruna was greatly impressed by these findings after attending a number of seminars, workshops and symposia on the theory of Multiple Intelligence. Hence she decided to have this as the core principle of Sharada Vidya Mandir nursery and primary school.
To put it very simply,
All children are not the same and should not be judged by the same criteria, let us treat each child as an individual with a special capacity and try to explore and enhance that capacity to bring out his or her true potential.
This is the VISION of SHARADA VIDYA MANDIR NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Here are some very inspirational quotes which define the vision of Sharada Vidya Mandir:
Howard Gardner Quotes:
Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences.
I believe that the brain has evolved over millions of years to be responsive to different kinds of content in the world. Language content, musical content, spatial content, numerical content, etc.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes:
Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.
One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.