How will we explore multiple intelligences theory in the classroom?|
How do I apply multiple intelligences (M.I.) theory in my classroom?
What are some simple ways to get started?
What are some of the challenges I may face?
How do I assess students' progress?
How does curriculum align with state and national standards?
How does technology complement the M.I. approach?
How do I work with my school, the parents, and the community?
some simple ways to get started?
Most importantly, start small . . . no matter how grandly you're planning.
Minor adjustments to your curriculum make a big difference in
students' motivation and understanding.
Here are six strategies for applying M.I. theory to your class:
Add an interdisciplinary element to a favorite unit.
For example, think of how you might liven up a math lesson by
inviting students to write song lyrics, invent dances, or write
stories that help them recall important math facts or procedures.
Emphasize the core curriculum, but invite student expression
in areas previously considered outside the scope of that content.
As you'll see later in this section, setting up "learning
stations" is another way to add fresh dimensions to lessons
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Collaborate with other teachers in your school or district.
Try a team-teaching approach with a colleague who is also interested
in M.I.: a partner to help you figure things out. By brainstorming
the possible links between your teaching, you may discover M.I
ways to teach the same or complementary subject matter. For
example, instead of lecturing to students about grammatical
rules followed by a short answer quiz, a language arts teacher
may collaborate with a physical education teacher and invent
a game where students are verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc., and
teams can only be made of complete sentences.
If your school maps curriculum, called Curriculum Mapping1,
examine your colleagues' maps for opportunities to collaborate
on M.I. projects in the future. (See our workshop on Assessment, Evaluation, and Curriculum Redesign.)
Offer students a variety of presentation options for projects.
In addition to writing reports, let students "show what
they know" by giving oral presentations accompanied by
visual aids they create to organize the information and remove
the pressure to know everything by heart. Other presentation
options include role-playing exercises, plays, debates, murals,
Web publishing, and multimedia computer presentations (using
multimedia software such as HyperStudio).
Apply M.I. thinking to group projects.
To help students develop "interpersonal intelligence,"
use cooperative learning techniques. In the case of M.I. work,
after ascertaining some of your students' multiple intelligence
strengths, you may wish to organize cooperative learning groups
so that there is an interesting distribution in each group.
Students with strong interpersonal skills often make wonderful
theatrical directors, while those with a strong visual intelligence
love painting imaginative sets. Have your resident naturalist
and interpersonalist collaborate to organize your nature walk.
Involve the community, parents, family, and guest speakers.
- Compose a panel of education-friendly local citizens to
review your students' M.I. demonstrations of understanding.
- Bring an outside expert into the class to enhance lessons.
For example, when teaching about geometry, invite the contractor
who is building a house down the street to discuss how he
uses geometry in construction.
- Motivate students through field trips to local businesses
(e.g. newspaper offices, restaurants, theater companies, museums,
radio and TV stations, music studios, book stores, and dairy
farms) to see how material studied in class can apply to the
Find an on-line collaborator in the Concept to Classroom
M.I. works well on the Internet. You might find a teacher in
another state or country who is interested in sharing Web sites
and e-mail with you. If you are an experienced M.I. practitioner,
consider mentoring someone who is just getting his or her feet
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