The Fondacio Asia Training Institute (IFFAsia), for this school year 2021, had the great privilege to see Sir Butch give 4 days of session on “Nurturing Multiple Intelligences”, supplemented by 3 days of application and learning in band. The course aims to help students discover and celebrate the various ways in which intelligence manifests and enables the growth of specific intelligence in people.
It aimed to ensure that students:
- Understanding Multiple Intelligence Theory
- Better understand the different intelligences
- Understand how to determine individual intelligence
- Help nurture the development of specific intelligence in students
“When working with a wide range of people, especially in mission, it’s important to know that individuals also have a wide range of learning styles. Understanding different learning styles can help us better support and communicate with each individual. If we encounter a blockage in communication, try to vary our delivery methods and styles. Multiple intelligence theory can guide us in identifying different learning styles and applying different approaches to successfully convey information. This is a conviction coming from one of IFFAsia’s beloved resource persons – Mr. Renato Nayona or popularly called Sir Butch
The students thoroughly enjoyed the lessons as Sir Butch applied theory to them using interactive activities and different learning styles. Apart from learning about different intelligences and learning styles, the course also helped them change their perspective in their relationships with others, especially among young people. As one participant said, “I have found that I am now more able to put myself in the shoes of someone with a different intelligence than mine.”
Sir Butch encouraged the student to share his gifts and talents with others and concluded with a story about the maize farmer who generously shared his seed with his neighbors which enabled his farm to produce the best corn harvest.
The story ended with this conclusion: “So are our lives…Those who want to live meaningfully and well must contribute to enriching the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, because everyone’s well-being is linked to everyone’s well-being.