I’ve always felt a connection to animals. Birds, plants…flora and fauna – crittars. I don’t talk to them, it’s more a commune thing, and they talk to me. Prince Charles apparently has discussions with various forms of vegetation – and I don’t just mean within his royal circle. I’ve never thought that much about it (we’re talking about ME now, not Charles), however at the end of a series of clicks I found that while I’ve heard a lot of talk about multiple intelligences (and wondered why I’d seemed to miss out on them all) there was an answer.
I’ve been told while in my previous teacher-y lives there are multiple intelligences. ‘You know, some people can do languages and music and maths and stuff, and [hint: you can’t] therefore it’s all about appealing to the student’s native intelligence [hint: the kind of which you don’t appear to have].’
I should’ve known better. I tend to forget the ‘truths’ of my past. The truth is, when someone tells you a factoid it usually means they’ve heard it somewhere from someone who has got the story wrong in the first place. Check the references, sources, and try stuff out for yourself. Your reality is the reality.
So, what I found today is Harvard professor Howard Gardner has identified eight [note: that’s eight, (8), not a couple you can vaguely recall slightly] different types of intelligences that each individual has the capacity to possess. And one of them is as follows:
Naturalist – Involves understanding the natural world of plants and animals, noticing their characteristics, and categorizing them; it generally involves keen observation and the ability to classify other things as well.
I love it when I learn something that feels like coming home.
[Note to self: Remember to check their referencing, it’s usually shite.]