More than 200 students from 10 reputed schools of Delhi and Gurgaon participated in the 5th Inter School ‘Multiple Intelligence and me’-‘MI-me’ competition today at Suncity World School, Gurgaon. The chief guest at the event was Ms. Lata Vaidyanathan, eminent educationist . Ms Rupa Chakravarty, Principal, Suncity School along with teacher representatives from all the schools were present at the occasion. The schools that participated in the event were Amity International School, sec 42, Gurgaon, Blue Bells Model School, Sec-4, Gurgaon, Salwan Public School, Gurgaon, DPS Sushant Lok, DPS, Sec 45, Gurgaon, DAV School, Sec 14, Gurgaon, DAV School, Pushpanjali, Delhi and Summer Fields School, Gurgaon along with students from Suncity World School.
The competition ‘MI-me’ has been designed by Suncity School in sync with Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence. Howard Gardner is an American developmental psychologist and Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Gardner opposes the idea of labeling learners to a specific intelligence. He believes that individual possesses a unique blend of all the intelligences and should not be judged on one modality of learning. Gardner articulated eight criteria for a behavior to be considered intelligence rather than seeing intelligence as dominated by a single general ability. The eight abilities are – musical–rhythmic, visual–spatial, verbal–linguistic, logical–mathematical, bodily–kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.
Taking this theory a step further and getting students to think in different ways, is the goal behind this annual inter school competition. These widely recognized intelligences are found in some measure in all human beings and it becomes vital to focus on all the intelligences for developing a holistic personality. The competition had an array of specially designed activities, based on the eight intelligences. The competition was organized in 4 groups and students of IV-XI standard participated in the same. Each student participated in 5 different activities namely making Connections, Art to Astound, Milieu, Rhapsody and Against All odds to become the MI-me Champion. The competition was judged by an eminent panelist including Ms. Minoti Chaterjee, Mrs. Mandira Banerjee, Ms Lorraine, Ms. Shanza Singh and Ms. Shilpa Bhatnagar.
Speaking on the occasion renowned educationist, Ms Lata Vaidyanathan said, “The idea of holistic development of children is something that is discussed everywhere. But your School is putting it to practice.”She further added, “being an educationist I understand the importance overall development of children, events like these foster it.”
“This competition aims to provide a platform to help hone the skills of all eight intelligences and elicit the best from within the child to mould an ‘ABLE and NOBLE’ being. We are all smart in our own way and no way is smarter than the other. This is our sixth year and I thank all the schools and teachers for their participation and making this competition successful.” said Rupa Chakravarty, Principal, Suncity School.
“It is absolutely amazing to participate in MI-me. This competition gives us different kinds of activities to participate in and explore new things. This is the second MI-me that I am participating in and looking forward to enjoy the entire competition” said Tapasvi, DPS, Sector 45.