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I have not carried out a questionnaire on multiple intelligences, but I have carried out a multiple intelligences teacher survey, and many of you have told us that you are looking for information about how to assess your students using different MI assessments, how to write lesson plans which incorporate MI and more information about MI theory itself. This website, together with the free articles will give you answers to these questions.
Gardner believes that we all have stronger multiple intelligences in some areas and that they are not as strong in others. I have found that pupils succeed best when taught through their strengths. Having been a class teacher, Headteacher (Principal) and School Inspector, I know the joy of seeing students succeed and how difficult it sometimes can be for teachers to provide for all the different pupils in their classes. On the positive side, as a classteacher, every child left my class able to read, in spite of some coming to me at the age of eleven without any reading skills. I would have considered I'd failed as a teacher, if I hadn't taught them this basic skill. However, you may find it hard to motivate some pupils and to challenge the most able. Some pupils may be listless, others disruptive. Wrong food, poor clothing or lack of sleep may be some of the reasons for this, but have you asked yourself recently, 'what is my contribution to their lack of involvement?' and, 'what would interest and motivate them?' Have you identified their particular strengths or aptitudes? Do you feel that they are intelligent but not in the way people usually use the term? Have you asked the students how they think they learn best?
For example, Andrew, from the UK, wrote when he read this letter, "Wow! something that particularly caught my eye was: 'Do you know your different students’ best learning styles?' It reminded me of when, in my last year at my secondary school, I was in a school show doing (among other things) my memory stunt; and one of the staff afterwards said, 'If we'd known that is how he remembers things, we might have taught him history better!' "
Let me show you how to understand their different learning styles and find out their interests, so that you can solve problems and provide a stimulating, challenging and happy classroom with achieving pupils led by a successful teacher. I was a highly successful class teacher, lucky enough to come from a teaching family and benefit from excellent initial teachers' training. Through being Froebel trained and having taught under a contrasting, very didactic, regime early on in my career, I believe I combined the best of both traditions as a teacher. I have always kept up to date with educational developments, through attending courses and through reading. I am now sharing some of this knowledge and success with you, and will do so in the future.
As a teacher, either a relatively new one or a long-serving one, do you have students who are under-achieving? Your headteacher will be amazed at the motivation of your students and the results they are achieving when you put into practice what you learn from this letter. Did you know that there are books which show classroom use & diagrams of Multiple Intelligences? These books will clarify your own understanding of MI and help you plan lessons, giving you results you may never have had before. Do you know your different students' best learning styles? Many of these books will help you to understand and identify learning styles, and show you how to incorporate multiple intelligences into your classroom planning? All the students will benefit from this and many could reach higher standards. The senior staff of your school and the students' parents will praise you, when they see your students so well motivated.
Maybe you have been class teaching for a long time and are looking for a new way of achieving success for your students. As a teacher you will want to do the best for all the students you teach, I know I did. So, you want well motivated and enthusiastic pupils and a less stressful day for everyone, especially you! With students succeeding, you will reduce the stress of teaching. Put some of these ideas into practice and you will then be able to provide classroom activities for their multiple intelligences and use multiple intelligences task rotations to provide for pupils' different learning styles. I know you want to take responsibility for your own Professional Development and that you realise how important it is to keep refreshing yourself and improving your techniques. The fact you are reading this shows your enthusiasm for your work. Follow up some of the invitations in this letter and take charge of your own CPD (continual professional development).
In your class there may be future naturalists, mathematicians, computer gurus, poets, religious leaders, carpenters, crafts persons, gardeners, weather forecasters and artists. You need to find what interests each one of them and what fires their imagination. Light that spark and your reward will be their success story! I believe that recent research can help you enormously in your quest for excellence. With increased knowledge and power at your finger tips, teaching will be a pleasure, your students will be highly motivated and their individual aptitudes developed to the full. You might even have a future Mozart, Freud, Woolf or Gandhi in your class! Read Extraordinary Minds by Howard Gardner, and look at Howard Gardner's other books which you can apply to your own class through classroom use and diagrams of Multiple Intelligence and preferred learning styles. (Have a look at the books again.)
What will these books do for you?
Do you want to be more confident?
With these tools you will learn the secrets of how to be more confident in your approach and clearer about why you are doing what you do. They will increase your knowledge of the original research on multiple intelligences, and the theory behind present educational thinking. You will discover the reasons why you are doing what you are doing and be able to plan better and achieve more.
You have questions about reading, writing, exceptional children or leadership?
These books provide specific information on a cross section of topics: reading, writing, exceptional children and leadership. The books cover a range of interests, and different books will answer the different questions you are asking. With greater knowledge your job becomes easier. You might even have more time to follow up you own interests after school.
Are you sceptical about research and new ideas?
I know you want to be sure that the ideas work before you try using them on your own students/pupils. Once you have read these books to reassure yourself, and found out about any pitfalls to avoid, you will be able to decide for yourself. Much better than just being told. Many of the books are classroom focused and backed up by case studies. Of what benefit are these books to you? The power to know that you are doing the best for your pupils and that success is on the way for both them and you!
Do you aspire to leadership?
As a classroom teacher you probably already lead your teaching assistants. Read how others have succeeded in leadership before you, and where you fit in. Think of the people you will impress! You will be able to talk about all these famous people as if you knew them personally! But best of all you will be able to find your own style of leadership. Reach for the stars!
Quite simply, with this knowledge, your own teaching will improve, however long you have been teaching, the students in your care will benefit and you will open the door to their futures and your own too.
Whatever age you teach, these books will answer some of the problems you are posing.
Pre-school: You think you have a gifted 2½ year old in your class? Read the book ‘Extraordinary Minds’ to learn about expectations at different ages and how famous, exceptional people had their talents channelled.
Kindergarten:You want to know more about activities for this age group based on multiple intelligences. There are the books for you. Primary Elementary:You are worried about parents watching in your classroom. If you put into practice some of what you have learned from these books there will be no need to worry, as their children will be enthusiastic and well catered for - they will be amazed! You are also worried about the word 'differentiation'. It can mean many things. Clarify you thoughts with a clearer knowledge gained from reading these books.
Upper Elementary: You are asking about cursive writing, this is one of the future articles you will be sent when you subscribe. You are bothered about snacks in class. Will your students really want these when they are fully motivated and well fed before the day begins? You want to know how to help a student to achieve. These books will help you target what it is that does just that. Watch the students enjoy their lessons and achieve well.
Middle School:Some teachers hate Post Its. Find other ways of recording and of reminding yourself in these books.
High School: Detention always plays a large part in your work. Cut down on those detentions by providing for the different learning styles of your students and their multiple intelligences. They won't need detentions, as they will be so motivated that they will be a joy to teach and won't play you up!
Let me list some other benefits for you
You and your students will be winners. In these books you will find many practical ways of putting theory into practice in your own classroom. They could solve your problems as to how to motivate some pupils. Many of the books are easy to read, often offering practical advice to you as teachers in classrooms.
You will gain confidence and ammunition to counter any challenges to your way of teaching. By studying the results of high quality research from educational institutions in the US and UK, you are accessing current information, (three of these books were published in 2004) whilst underpinning your knowledge of this recent research with knowledge of previous research. (Howard Gardner 1983) You are also able to check success in stories of six schools. (Campbell 1999). The most recently published books are at the end of the page. There is a lot of new useful information in them.
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Then there are the special booklets of templates for teachers that MAW Publications are bringing out at the moment. So far there are two, one on MI and assessment and another on MI and lesson planning. Others being prepared at the moment are on teaching English as an additional language using MI and MI in the pre-school classroom.
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