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Having tapped into the theory behind Multiple Intelligences in the Explanation section of this workshop, here you will visit M.I. classrooms and join M.I. field trips.

By reading about and viewing some real-world examples, you will see how the multiple intelligence approach to a curriculum looks and operates in actual classroom settings.
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Multiple Intelligences theory is being applied to classrooms in a variety of ways. Some school districts hire "M.I. specialists" who help teachers develop curricula and provide suggestions on implementation. In other schools, teachers explore ways to build rich curricula sensitive to multiple intelligences. Curriculum directors support staff development efforts and system wide adoption of M.I. techniques.

Here are 4 short video clips of M.I. in action. While you are downloading them you can read about other schools where M.I. theory and philosophy are being applied. In the M.I. Resources section of this site, you'll find contact information for these schools. As you read about them, jot down any questions that occur to you and share them with your colleagues.


At the beginning of this video clip, note how well rhythm and kinesthetics are woven into concept formulation.

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In the following clip, students'explanations accompany illustrations key to demonstrating understanding.

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A visit to an aquarium is documented in the next clip.

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And the follow-up demonstration of understanding combines, group work, writing, music, and rhythmic movement.


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SchoolThe Chariho Regional School District located in Wood River Junction, Rhode Island supports a specially staffed M.I. program throughout the district. M.I. specialists work with classroom teachers and co-create curricula and activities that address various learning styles. Students develop projects that allow them to express their understanding of a subject through several of their strongest intelligences. They are encouraged to develop their assessment rubrics with their classroom and M.I. teachers. In addition, the M.I. teachers incorporate the use of technology to enhance Gardner's nine intelligences. You can find out more about this School district in the M.I. Resources section.

SchoolThe Key Learning Community is a public magnet school of the Indianapolis Public School System. About twelve years ago seven teachers, headed by current principal Patricia Bolanos, banded together in a grassroots effort to create student-centered education. With $25,000, passion, and copies of Howard Gardner's FRAMES OF MIND, they launched the Key Learning Community. The school teaches toward student strengths and interests and provides children with the opportunity to develop all nine of their intelligences. The school enrolls elementary and middle school students and is incorporating the high school level for the 1999-2000 school year. In addition to assessing students by traditional math and reading tests, the Key Learning Community evaluates students by means of portfolio assessment. Each year a school theme is chosen and students develop projects based on the theme. The projects reflect the students' intrinsic intelligences. You can find out more about this School district in the M.I. Resources section.

SchoolThe Ross School is an independent, co-educational middle and high school located in East Hampton, New York. It partners with corporations and universities who are interested in transforming traditional education into more relevant and accessible models. Howard Gardner helps guide the school's faculty in their development of a curriculum that focuses on multiple intelligences. There is contact information for this school in the M.I. Resources section.

SchoolSaltonstall School is a science/technology school where the curriculum is designed by teachers who put multiple intelligences theory at the heart of planning. Every child has daily opportunities to work in each of these areas of intelligence and they have opportunities to "show what they know" through a preferred intelligence. The School has a Science Discovery Center that is the main center for enrichment. There is contact information about this school in the M.I. Resources section.

School Students at Banded Peak Elementary n Alberta, Canada have created extension projects for a unit on light that involves many of the multiple intelligences. In addition to conducting science experiments, students made shadow puppets, wrote light dictionaries, and kept diaries to further explore their understanding of light. You can find contact information for this school in the M.I. Resources section.

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