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Re: Morality and My MI Understanding Mind Map
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Hi, I am sorry I haven;t mentioned this before.

...I've been working for Ivy Bilingual school in Ningbo, China since the beginning of September.

Take care,

Roxy Fera

P.S. I apologize for some words missing or typed the wrong way. When we are excited about something, and write with excitement we tend to make those silly mistakes. :)


Posted on: 2010/11/3 0:03
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Morality and My MI Understanding Mind Map
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Dr. Howard Gardner,



I'm doing the MI course online with MI Institute and one of the things I had to accomplish is a Mind Map of my own understanding of MI theory. I have read quite extensively on the MI theory in the last few years and this course is helping a lot in claryfying most of the questions and concerns I've been carrying in my mind for some time.



I have read about your concept of morality as not being an intelligence as its nature is subjective. In my Mind Map I have put morality on a pedestal even if it's not an "intelligence" based on your criteria. However, I believe it the the "x" factor when it comes to developing our intelligences in the right way, without distortions.  What do you think about this



Here is a my Mind Map



http://www.mywebspiration.com/view/620600a31869



Here is the description of my Mind Map which I think may need just a little bit of explanation.



In my opinion: the intelligences that help us experience this earth as a wonderful place to be, are: Visual, Bodily-kinesthetic, Musical, and Naturalist. They all have the Logical intelligence in common because they all have some logic in the way they are created, done and we need to figure them out one way or another. However, these are activated only through the Intra-personal and Inter-personal intelligences. We have to understand ourselves well to know what we love, admire, value and draw strength from like nature for example. These (the inter- and intra-personal intelligences) in turn cannot function individually. They are interconnected and our Linguistic intelligence is the web-like material that brings them (the latter) and the other intelligences to life in a meaningful way. If the linguistic intelligence is not developed or is misunderstood (e.g. in cross-cultural communication), we cannot communicate well with others, and therefore, all the other intelligences may suffer or don’t get to be developed or experienced in full capacity.



Morality, as Dr. Howard Gardner describe it as that “something more [that] is needed” comes in as the background. It’s the nurturing substance that has a role more like that of a “mother”; her existence (ideally) is to help you grow healthy and strong”. When morality is absent, there is no certainty that any intelligence can and will develop at its best…Distortions [of all the intelligences] will always be present… in my opinion.



The existential intelligence is what fuels our inner strength to know ourselves better and the world around us and to make it a better place making sure that our morality is strong and life has meaning not only through knowledge but also through compassion, kindness and consideration of others. It is the ultimate intelligence which could be more like the engine of our inner and outer worlds – the one that connects everything in a beautiful, meaningful and purposeful dance.



I would really appreciate if I could have your opinion my perspective on how morality plays such a crucial role.



Thank you.



Sincerely,



Roxana A. Fera

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Re: How smart are you?
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he he...cute!! Nice one!!

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Re: Dr. Howard Gardner's Welcome Note to the MI Network
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...orphanages... (The perfectionist English teacher in me couldn't let that go! :D)

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Re: Dr. Howard Gardner's Welcome Note to the MI Network
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Hello Dr. Howard Gardner,

I am writing to suggest a partnership between Multiple Intelligences and School for International Training (World Learning) - on a global basis but more specifically in Muscat, Oman where they have just recently started an innovative Master program.

I am HUGE fan of your ideas! I would like to be able to orient my career in education around the MI practice and research - my dream = to design educational programs and apply them in orphaneges around the world but especially in Romania, Oman, Kenya, Nigeria and Brazil. (I am originally from Romania, but having an American education)(just feel a bit lost as the movement seems to be in its beginnings when it comes to professional development)

I've looked at Harvard for a master degree. However, it seems a bit unreachable for me in terms of finances at the moment. I've also looked at School for International Training for a master in TESOL. I can visualize an amazing partnership between MI and SIT in Oman where I plan to move and work as a college teacher. And of course I would like to be part of that in any form...as a Master degree student for now.

Just an inspiring thought.

Thank you for all your work for this humanity.

Many blessings!

Yours truly,

Roxana Fera

Posted on: 2010/7/16 21:59
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Re: What Makes a School (Classroom, Program) an "MI School (Classroom, Program)"?" Forum
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Thank you all for your input and Josh I am serious about it. I will contact you soon.

Thank you.

Roxy

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Re: What Makes a School (Classroom, Program) an "MI School (Classroom, Program)"?" Forum
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Is there anyone from your specialists able to answer the questions above please?

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Roxana

Posted on: 2010/2/19 3:47
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Re: Theme of How to Become an MI School and MI Success Stories Forum
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I see a lot of emphasis on MI application at youth level. What about its application at adult level? I would like to open an ESL school based solely on MI theory. (All the ESL teachers are to be trained using this method.) However, beside teaching children, for whom the MI theory seems to be the most effective, I would like to be able to apply it effectively at adult level. Are there any studies indicating the extend to which adults accept being taught using the MI theory and, if yes, how effective is it? They will have to be convinced that they are being taught in a way that is completely different from the way they've been taught before. Is there an efficient way to convince them knowing the high degree of difficulty in changing habits especially mind and leaning habits.

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Roxy

Posted on: 2010/1/20 9:41
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