Sunday, July 22, 2018

Random thoughts: Different intelligences

I think most of us have heard of this in different forms. Some are musician, some more talented in sports, others in arts etc.

I always believed everyone can learn everything. But everyone has 1 or 2 intelligences that allow learning to take place at a exponential rate as compared to curve that pleateu off after a while.

I have this pupil, dilligent and driven. One that does all the work I assigned to the best of her abilities. She however has difficulty in oral conversation.

Sadly, it took me a really long time to realise what is wrong. I always thought she has a confidence problem. Because she could recognize the characters and answer questions on  vocabulary correctly, and even write reasonably.

I just realized she has problem generating  vocabulary and pronouncing it. She speak in anguish one day and say I know how to write that word.

When I ask her to record her response to question, she could do it reasonably well. I later realise she took a really long time to prepare and organize her thoughts at home. But when required to do it in a quick and impromptu manner, she fumbles.

However, she can draw really well.

Not just that, she really is quite brilliant in her on way. There is this chapter about 3 painters asked by their master to draw as many camels as possible.

One drew as many camels as possible, one used camel heads to represent camels and another drew mountain range and 3 camels followed by a fourth just emerging from the mountains. No prize guessing which is the best.

Without teaching the chapter, I asked my kids to draw as many fishes as possible. Some did what the first painter and a few did what the second painter did. Using dots to fill up the small piece of paper.

She drew a school of fish clustering together. Different schools, some showing the fishes clearly and others just dots. It gave the whole picture a sense of depth and almost three dimensional. She even drew the right deep water fish at the bottom of the page.

I knew she wanted to pass and do well very badly. But I am not sure if I can help her in her oral despite 1-1 practice everyday and reminding her what are the common vocabulary to be used ...

But alas...

Sometimes I wonder what else could be done to prevent inevitable...

12 comments:

  1. Really talent in Arts can go to Arts school?

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  2. CW,

    Art school is not a school for the arts only

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  3. How about asking her to watch Chinese drama from China? I select a few and encourage my daughter to watch and this works for her.

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    1. Hmm...

      I dun think it will work.

      Just keep ploughing and hope we hit inflexion in tine

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  4. Sillyinvestor,

    You were in Japan and you know they can read and write England no problem. But to speak England orally?

    Same goes for majority of Chinese Singaporeans. Watch the street interviews on the news? And you thought our Singlish was bad! Our broken Mandarin laggi more atrocious!

    You can't do it one one one. Overload yourself, you may breakdown again...

    Home has to speak Mandarin, in school speak Mandarin, outside school also speak Mandarin.

    Does your student's parents share the same "passion" as her to speak Mandarin well? And not just score in exams for 2nd Lang Chinese like the Japanese do ;)






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    1. Smol,

      Those with Chinese speaking Parents or at least bilingual, how poor can their children be?

      Yes, they might be weak, but unlikely to be in suCH a ...

      Most if them are not local

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