3 Mar


Parenting and learning in action.

At times far more effective than words, an adult’s body language helps a child develop intelligence.

Instead of saying “good job,” the mother reaches for her tiny fingers, slightly presses her forehead to the little girl’s and gives her a pretend smooch.

The action is simple, but it communicates her tenderness and support effectively.

Qualitative Analysis of Learning

The girl who willingly offers her little hands to be grasped by her Mom is using “Intrapersonal Intelligence” which according to Howard Gardner is:  “An ability to recognize and understand his or her own moods, desires, motivations, and intentions.”  In other words, she needed to check in with her Mom for approval.

Whereas the Mom is engaging in “Interpersonal Intelligence” which Gardner says provides:  “An ability to recognize and understand other people’s moods, desires, motivations and intentions.”  The Mom knows what the child’s needs are in that…

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