The 8 Great Smarts

8 great smarts detective dyslexia patience Dec 26, 2022

 Welcome everyone thanks for listening in! I’m excited about this episode because we are going to talk about the 8 great smarts, and I think everyone should read this book, called 8 great smarts by Kathy Koch (Cook). This book really opened my eyes and I wanted to share a few things from it. If you haven’t read it, it’s a great read!

 So, I’m a dance teacher but I don’t think of myself as just a dance teacher. We are teachers, we may not have a student for the whole day like at a brick and mortar school, but we are still teachers. No matter if you have a  student for 30 minutes or an hour we are teachers and should give the child our attention and what they need to learn. We all get those few students who just don’t want to listen or want to run around or don’t seem to grasp what you are teaching… I like to think of myself as a detective. We must try to figure out how that student learns, how their brain works. It’s great when parents can give you advice on their child ahead of time but sometimes they don’t even know.

 My son has always struggled in school. He always hated school. So I started reading a ton of books about how we learn and came across this book called 8 great smarts. Now, I was reading it technically because I was trying to figure out how my son learns and how he is wired, but I ended up learning how I learn. You know, I never thought of myself as a smart person, or book smart. But this book really made me think, wow… I have been smart all along and I didn’t even know it. I found out that I am body smart, people smart, music smart, and picture smart. This blew my mind. I always thought, well, I’m not smart but I can dance. I do learn through movement. I also learn through music whether it’s tapping my feet or singing a song. I can still remember the 50 states song that I learned in 3rd grade!

 I didn’t understand what “people smart” meant until I realized that when I talk with others I get more ideas and because I do work from home with no co-workers, I really need to jump on a coaching call when I can or webinar to connect with others because I really do get recharged and learn by talking with other people!

 As teachers or as parents, by reading this book it will help our children, our students and maybe even yourself! Every time I go back to this book and re-read it, it just gets me excited and it reminds me that I am smart. This is a book that you will want to keep and read over and again, and share it with anyone who might need to hear they are smart!

 There are 8 smarts; logic smart, word smart, picture smart, music smart, body smart, nature smart, people smart, and self smart. You may find that you are more than just one.

 Because we talk about anything and everything dance on this podcast, I wanted to talk about specifically body smart. Most of us dancers will be body smart. We think with movement and touch. In the book it says when student’s get excited, they move more. They need freedom and sometimes lots of space to move productively. Motion is their power. I think that’s why I succeed in school, because of dance. If you have a student or child struggling in school, try incorporating movement into the lesson! Whether it’s writing in the air or what’s called skywriting, or guessing the letter on your back, or march while you are learning math. To help my kids memorize their times tables, I might say 6x 6 is 36 with a beat, or say it funny…

 Have you ever had a great idea while taking a shower, or walking up the stairs, putting groceries away… this is body smart! Now of course in a dance class we are moving, but now that you are more aware of what else body smart is, embrace those moments. The next time you are trying to tackle something that you might be struggling with, try using movement!

 Next time you are in class, try to use the different ways of learning for them to grasp your steps or choreography maybe say the steps out loud. During class maybe play a game that involves working in a group, talking, listening, touching etc. Not only are activities or games fun, it’s a way of learning.

  After finding out my son is dyslexic and learns differently and needs repetition, I wanted to bring this up because… sometimes some students just can’t easily remember choreography… Be patient, they may need that repetition more than other students. What I did learn about dyslexia is that they are consistently inconsistent. And my son has trouble with working memory, so if the average brain needs to hear something 3 times to learn something, he might need to hear it 20 times. Students that are older may not remember their left from their right.    We shouldn’t make fun, some students just struggle with that and I am definitely not saying we should use this as a crutch and not help them remember left from right, or practice learning choreography quickly, I am just saying if you have patience and not be quick to judge and try to understand why they aren’t doing what you want them to do perfectly, they won’t shut off and not want to learn. I’m also not saying that if a student can’t do something that I mentioned that they have to be dyslexic, I’m just saying, we need to be patient and try to figure out how they learn to help them be the best they can be!

  I will post a link if you are interested in purchasing this book. It’s an easy read and again, I think after you read this it will open your eyes and I feel that this should be in everyones library.

 Well, that’s it for this post. I really do appreciate my readers, if there is a topic you would like me to talk about please reach out, once you're on my site deannaclover.com, click on contact. You can message me there and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Alrighty, bye everyone!




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