#IntelligenceIs

To kick off my year and start right in with Growth Mindset, I used Sarah’s Tweet idea and had my students, my 8th grade gifted who are in Geometry and my 6th grade regular math students, complete a “tweet” telling me in 140 characters or less what they thought intelligence is. We did this before any discussions about growth mindset.  The idea came from Sarah who blogs over at Math = Love, check out the post that inspired me here.

The responses are fantastic to read, so much so I wanted to share them here.  I will let you decided which class is which. 🙂 I did not correct spelling errors, I typed what was written.  Which tweet/quote is your favorite and why?

Class A Class B
I think intelligence is the things in your brain. Intelligence is knowing things that will help you in both school and outside of school in the real world.
Well let’s begin with something we learn, and it is something we use in our everyday lives. It is also what we use to imagineate. Intelligence is knowing things education related and world related.
I think intelligence means intelligent cells. Intelligence is knowing useful facts that will help you in the real world. It’s knowing important facts and ways to do things.
Intelligence is being strong, smart and standing up for others. I mostly think it means smart. Intelligence is the amount of brain power your brain has. An IW test can be taken to see at what level of intelligence you are capable of.
Intelligence is being good at something. Also, it means that you make smart choices because you have to be intelegent to do so. Intelligence is what people do with their brain. If someone is doing good, they are intelligent.
Intelligence is being smart in school and in real life. Intelligence is also not playing into drama and making good choices. Intelligence is what you know currently, and what you have the ability to know.
Intelligence is when you do think about something and don’t just say you don’t know and don’t care to know. I think intelligence is someone’s competence about everything in general and their ability to think and learn new things.
Intelligence is someone who is smart. It is also means that you are good at something. Intelligence is the art of being smart and showing the right characteristics of understanding any problems in all subjects.
I think intelligence is standing up for other people and doing the right thing. Intelligence is being able to make wise decisions and process new information well.
I think intelligence is having a lot or somewhat knowledge of many things. Intelligence is based on being in the right mind when making decisions. It is not about how smart you are, but your effort and thoughts on things.
Intelligence is when you say something smart. I think intelligence is an ability that everyone has that lets them understand or figure out concepts and things.
Intelligence is when you really know something or guess. Intelligence is the ability to learn and retain new knowledge to use in experiences outside of your learning environment.
Being smart about what you do and act like you know what your doing. Intelligence is a topic that you have mastered really well that you could teach to someone else.
I think intelligence is something that your good at. I believe that intelligence is not only the knowledge that a person obtains but also the determination and effort the person uses to answer.
I think it’s someone or something that has a good ability to do something. Intelligence is a thing that is used to measure someones basic level of brain power. One’s ability to be smart.
I think intelligence is about when you help someone out and you listen in class. Intelligence is how your brain can react to certain situations and find a way out.
I think intelligences is being smart, but not in all subjects. Intelligence is when someone has the knowledge to answer multiple types of questions easily. Intelligence also means to be fairly smart.
I think intelligence is how smart and valueable someone is. Intelligence is being smart and being able to have a lot of knowledge.
  Intelligence is how much knowledge your brain has.
  Intelligence is being smart consistently for ever. Being intelligent also means being good at many subjects at once.