8Way Thinking

  • 23/04/2011 – “Combining thinking skills scaffolding, Philosophy for Children practices and MI theory, Ian took the eight intelligences (in no particular order):

  • Logical/Mathematical
  • Verbal/Linguistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalistic
  • Body/Physical
  • Musical
  • Visual/Spatial

And (over) simplified them into:

  1. Numbers
  2. Words
  3. People
  4. Feelings
  5. Nature
  6. Actions
  7. Sounds
  8. Sights

Imagine putting these areas on each side of an octagon. Then you take what it is you want to explore, put it in the middle of the octagon and then simply work around each area asking questions to begin with.

So, for example, if your topic was, say, ‘beer’ (I am typing this on a Friday night) you might come up with questions like:

  1. How much beer is drunk in the UK each Friday night?
  2. Where does the word ‘beer’ come from?
  3. Who invented beer and why?
  4. What sort of emotions do advertisers try and associate with beer in their marketing?
  5. What are the natural ingredients of beer and where are they grown?
  6. What are the various stages in the beer-making process?
  7. What songs have been written about beer and its effects?
  8. In TV and magazine advertising, how is beer portrayed?”
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