Which 8 brain functionalities should parents/teachers understand to implement MI Education?

2017.11.28

The abbreviation “MI” has become popular in recent years. It is an abbreviation for “Multiple Intelligence” and refers to a learning method that focuses on each child’s talents and helps bring out their possibilities.

It is believed that Edison’s mother used this original learning method and she could bring out her son’s strengths. In this article we will introduce the “Multiple Intelligence Learning Method”, which has been proven to bring out children’s individual talents.

MI教育を実践するために理解すべき8つの能力とは

Understanding the “8 Functionalities” of the Brain

According to research done on MI, scientists have found that there are 8 separate functionalities of our brain. The key in bringing out a child’s talents is to discover his/her areas of specialty from these 8 brain functionalities.

1.Language Skills
Children who like talking, reading books and learning foreign languages often have strong language skills. These children often learn a lot from conversation, so it is effective to teach them through explanations.

2.Mathematical Skills
Of course, children who like numbers, who are interested in the reasons behind and process of things, or like discovering the regularity in things are often talented in math. For children who can predict what is going to happen and talk about it, it is recommended that parents spend time cooking with them, taking them to the science museum and help them learn by having lots of different experiences.

3.Spatial Awareness
Children who like puzzles, like to draw, and like “playing pranks” often have strong spatial awareness skills. Playing blocks and creating mazes with these children will help them develop their creative thinking skills.

4.Physical Skills
Children who are active and have a hard time sitting still often have strong physical skills. Attending dance classes and doing a lot of pretend play will help these children bring out their physical talents.

5.Musical Skills
Children who like music and songs are often talented in music. It is effective to give these children the opportunity to interact with music by listening to, dancing to and singing along with music. Taking them to live performances will also encourage their interest in music.

6.Interpersonal Skills
Children who like to talk to and spend time with friends often have strong social skills. It is important to give these children plenty of opportunities to play with friends and attend activities with their peers which help them improve their interpersonal skills.

7.Intrapersonal Skills
Children who enjoy playing by themselves and enjoy finding their own way to do things often have strong intrapersonal skills. These children are often not hiding in their shells but instead good at seeing their strengths and weaknesses from the third person. It is a good idea for parents to take advantage of this skill when raising this type of child. For example, make the best use of his/her alone time and make sure he/she has a special place to hide. This will help him/her feel more comfortable about himself/herself and promote his/her talents.

8.Naturalistic Skills
Children who like animals, bugs and leaves often have strong naturalistic skills. It is important for parents with this type of child to take them out in nature as much as possible.

Before trying to implement MI Education, it is important to understand what type of child you have and what his/her talents are. Please take the time to discover which of the 8 brain functionalities your child is talented in and work with him/her to improve his/her abilities.

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