Sternberg's Practical Intelligence in Children's Everday Life
By Andrew Loh
Almost all children can learn in an effective manner, if you teach
them in a manner that matches their learning abilities. Successful
teaching methods for successful intelligence can provide you a
practical way to design and create a suitable match. Successful
teaching also involves creating a teaching method that can
effectively capitalize on the innate strengths and weaknesses of
your children. It also helps you to manage or smoke out all
weaknesses with better skills and intelligence patterns. A solid and
practical strategy always involve a well-balanced learning approach
involving such things as enhancing memory, analytical, creative and
practical thinking skills.
Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence is a well-tested
learning approach that involves using different intelligences to
enhance learning abilities. According this learning model, one can
ensure successful learning by using an integrated box of abilities,
so that your children can attain unqualified success in life. In
life, you may not be able to define intelligence in a definite term.
Different children have different intelligences and some of them may
gain learning skills and intelligence by virtue of identifying their
strengths and weaknesses; in fact, success in life may come, when
your children nullify their perceived weaknesses by using a range of
However, both weaknesses and strengths are quite important to your
child’s success. In a way, your children will need to identify all
weaknesses and correct/rectify issues of their performance, where
they are currently underperforming or under-achieving. An honest
analysis will also help them understand they can never be good at
all types of academic performance. Parents and teachers can help
children to identify strengths and weaknesses, so that they strike a
balance between them. Your children can find own way of becoming
intelligent. In fact, successful children can adapt to immediate
environment, shape it or even select own environment.
Fact: According to Dr. Sternberg, children can find
solutions to problems by striking a balance in their usage of
analytical, creative and practical abilities.
Using Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence depends on you as
well as the teachers, who teach your children in a formal classroom.
Traditional methods always rely on memory and analytical
instructions. While using this intelligence, you can use a number of
ideas and methods.
The basic aspects of using this theory are:
Help children use the benefits of perceived strengths and skills and
use them to enhance learning abilities.
At the same time, assist them correct, rectify or compensate for all
those weaknesses that hinder learning process.
Here are some simple yet effective methods that parents and teachers
can use to train their children to learn in a productive manner:
Teaching children in an analytical manner
This mode of teaching will help children in a number of ways like:
Encourage and nudge children to analyze.
Encourage and nudge children to critique.
Encourage and nudge children to judge.
Encourage and nudge children to compare and contrast.
Encourage and nudge children to evaluate and
Encourage and nudge children to assess
Here are some examples of using analytical methods to teach your
Analyze and evaluate the progression of different characters of a
famous children novel. You can give a pictorial children’s novel
like Alice in Wonderland and ask them to develop the characters
involved in the story.
Ask your children, why some plants grow and flower well in certain
environment than others. Nudge them to list the reasons point by
point and later analyze on them.
Provide them two eventful anecdotes of history to your children and
ask them to compare both of them by evaluating the sequence of
Teaching children in a creative manner
This method will help your children in different ways like:
Assist children to create something.
Help them invent something.
Encourage them to discover something.
Nudge them imagine something
Tip: To teach something about creativity, you will need to
be creative yourself by showing the practical side of doing things.
Here are some simple examples of teaching your children in a
Give your children a small story, ask them to read it and later find
an alternative ending to the main plot.
Play dialogue or conversation games by inventing a round of
conversation between two children. For example, emulate a scene at
the bus station to ask for directions to a particular place.
Ask your children to listen to a piece of music and later find out
different types of musical instruments in that piece.
Teaching children in a practical manner
Here, you will be encouraging your children to learn the practical
side of doing things and performing tasks by actually doing things.
This mode of learning will help your children to:
Apply learning in a practical manner
Use available materials to use in a practical manner
Put theoretical lessons into practice
Implement the available solutions
Employ the most feasible and flexible techniques to solve problems
Here are some simple examples of teaching your children in a
Work on math formulae to find out solutions. Show them how to work
interest rates for a unit of deposit. Ask your children to work out
the interest for three or four years.
If you have younger children, show them how you can use the building
blocks to construct a small building.
Draw a picture of an animal on a sheet of paper and give your
children some amount of colored clay to create a workable model of
the animal. Instruct them to paint it to match the actual color of
In the end, it is the delicate combinations of all three
intelligences that make your children learn their lessons in an
optimal way. Parents and teachers may need to understand more about
the weaknesses and strengths of their children, before applying
Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence.
Teaching for Successful Intelligence: To Increase Student Learning and Achievement
By Dr. Robert J. Sternberg and Elena L. Grigorenko
Robert J. Sternberg is currently the dean of the School of
Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, where he is also
professor of psychology. Prior to that, he was IBM Professor
of Psychology and Education at Yale University. Sternberg
received his PhD from Stanford and is the recipient of eight
In addition, he has won more than two dozen awards for his
work. He is a former president of the American Psychological
Association and is the author of over 1100 books, articles,
and book chapters. This book provides 40 research-based,
illustrated lessons and demonstrates how to design units
that help students apply analytical, creative, and practical
thinking skills to solve problems and make decisions.