What does It take to be Intelligent?
What is meant to be intelligent? Many people consider other’s intelligence by acceptable standards approved by society. People believe that academic success is the only intelligence that determines a person's value in one’s life, yet nobody is the same so how can you determine how much intelligent value someone has. Maybe it’s not how much intelligence a person has it’s maybe a matter of the surroundings of that person and how it affects him/her. I think there's many kinds of intelligence out there not only one kind of intelligence. Society has left this idea that there's only one central intelligence but in reality there's so many of types of intelligence for everyone. Howard Gardner was an extraordinary man graduate from Harvard University and he came up with this theory of intelligence and how there’s many types of intelligence. Howard came up with six different ways of intelligence that really relate to a lot people’s personality.”Many PBL-using teachers have studied the work of Howard Gardner and use some of his ideas in their teaching. For example, in creating a team of students to do a particular project, a teacher may select a team whose collective "highest" talents encompass most of the eight areas of intelligence identified by Gardner”.The types of intelligence are: Bodily Kinesthetic, Linguistic, Logical Mathematical, Musical, Naturalistic, and Spatial. All these different kinds of intelligence’s are stunning because it gives society a different view on the way people think. Additionally, Gardner recognizes that one's experiences will influence the degree to which each of the intelligences can be expressed. Thus, rather than characterizing an individual's intelligence by a single test score, Gardner argues for determining the profile of one's intelligences, taking into account culturally valued activities that can be expressed in a familiar context. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. Emotional intelligence is very effective in the in students because all that pressure that they go through with their teachers, at home, and maybe they have a part time job as well. Emotional intelligence consists of four attributes: self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship management. “Those were days when the preeminence of IQ as the standard of excellence in life was unquestioned; a debate raged over whether it was set in our genes or due to experience. But here, suddenly, was a new way of thinking about the ingredients of life success. I was electrified by the notion.” To improve your emotional intelligence and your decision-making abilities you need to understand and manage your emotions. This is accomplished by developing key skills for controlling and managing overwhelming stress and becoming an effective communicator. Another way that believe that intelligence is impacted is by society because a lot of students are sometimes afraid to say something during class or they get laugh at because of what said. “ Our leaders are supposed to be our servants, accountable to the people and fulfilling the wishes of the people, making decisions for the greater good of all. Of course, for the people to exercise this power responsibly and wisely, they need to have an accurate picture and understanding of what is going on in the world, so that they are able to steer society in the best direction.” Students beliefs and goals can powerfully influence their learning success. Those who believe intelligence is a fixed entity tend to emphasize performance goals leaving them vulnerable to negative feedback and likely to disengage from challenging learning opportunities. It all comes back on how does society impacts these students in their learning goals and how they are