How Am I Smart?
"Stupid! I'm so dumb! I just made another mistake."
"I can't do that. It's too hard!"
"If I was smart, I could figure this out. Then I wouldn't get into
All children - and adults, for that matter - need to know they are
smart. It's a power word and a powerful concept. And, it's realistic because everyone is smart!
A question children shouldn't need
to ask is, "Am I smart?" because the answer is always, "yes." If they're asking this question, it's because
they're doubting themselves, have been made to feel stupid by something or someone, and need to be
A second question Dr. Kathy understands, and wishes fewer children
would ask is, "How smart am I?" because it indicates a desire to compare. These children may only feel smart and
good about themselves when they feel smarter and superior to other children. It allows and even encourages the
bully language and attitude of "I'm smarter than you are!"
Children need to know they ARE smart
and understand HOW they are
so they can BE smart!
That's why Dr. Kathy loves teaching children, teens, teachers,
and parents about multiple intelligences. We all need to know HOW
we are smart so we can stop making
unwise decisions so we can fulfill
our purpose. There's so much more! Children need to know how they are smart so they'll believe in themselves
and, therefore, take school and all of
life more joyfully.
Howard Gardner's researched model of multiple intelligences is rich and provides
great insights. Dr. Kathy's practical and thorough take on the topic will encourage you!
Have you read Dr. Koch's book, How Am I Smart? A Parent's
Guide to Multiple
Intelligences? It's an important tool to help children and adults recognize and value a treasure trove
of giftedness that may lie unrecognized and underutilized. Released by Moody Publishing in February 2007, Dr.
Koch's book turns the theory of multiple intelligences into a readable, understandable, and useful tool to help
children and adults make the most of their "smarts." Learn
Download Chapter 1 of the Book
Charts to Identify MI Strengths.
How Am I Smart on DVD
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When children know their 'smart'
they recognize and value a treasure trove of giftedness.