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Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

Garrick Pickett

I am wondering if any one knows of resources available to determine the learning styles and multiple intelligences of my students? This has been a goal of mine since I started teaching four years ago and would like to start implementing it in my teaching. Unfortunately whenever I Google these topics I get not-so-great information and resources.

Thank you,

Garrick

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If you are looking for Multiple Intelligence resources? You may want to try http://www.gigglepotz.com/mistudent.htm which should include a student questionnaire that will allow students to assess the way they learn and you can find out what kind of learner you have in the class.

There is a lot of information

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There is a lot of information about MI on http://www.howardgardener.com/ If you are looking for a MI test, I would also try googling multiple intelligence test and see what you find.

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Multiple Intelligences test on Edutopia.org

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We have a great multiple intelligence test here @edutopia. Many teachers use it in their classrooms to ascertain their students' MI.

http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz

It's part of a greater package on multiple intelligences, here:

http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-introduction

Hope this helps!
betty

Hi Garrik, Here is a link

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Hi Garrik, Here is a link that will take you to a pdf book. This is a collection of second grade science and math, but under facilitated activities there will be information about multiple intelligence. There is also a quiz you can give your students to take. It is easiest to find the info. in the index before seaching through the pages because there are about 80 pages. I hope this helps- Rachel
http://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/main/Core_academy/Materials/2008/Handbo...

High School Math and Science Teacher from Chico, CA

Read Before You Leap

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Before you invest yourself in Multiple Intelligences you should read Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel Willingham. In it he looks at the work of cognitive psychologists and interprets the results for use in the classroom. He is very clear that Gardner's work on Multiple Intelligences has been generally refuted and that even Gardner would agree that it has been misapplied to classroom settings. According to the research students learn more similarly than we give them credit. However, teaching with different modalities and from differing perspectives remain good teaching for all students not just those with a particular proclivity. Mix up your approach in your classroom but worry less about particular learning styles. When students take the SAT they won't be singing about what they know.

Kindergarten Teacher from Baltimore, Md.

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I would also suggest just watching and observing your children throughout the day. Keep a variety of materials and options available for your students, and then observe the approaches your students choose to solve problems. Do they draw a model, do they work by themselves or with others, do they build a model, etc. : ) Indoor recess and free choice centers is also helpful for me, because I can watch to see what activities certain students often gravitate towards.

Brain Rules

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Related to this subject, I highly recommend the book Brain Rules.

http://www.vark-learn.com/eng

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http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire
VARK has an online questionnaire. It has a version for young people and student athletes.

In my role as a teacher,

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In my role as a teacher, tutor, and trainer, I started a program on Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences, The Brain, and Learning Strategies designed to increase self-awareness, self-concept, and self-esteem in students. At the recommendation of university educators, parents, and teachers, I am in the process of copyrighting the materials and piloting the program. I'd love to talk with you about it. Originally the program was designed for students with dyslexia. I have since run it with students in both private and inner city public schools and with parents and to train teachers about the ways they and their students learn. The more I learn about the brain, the more I've engaged in conversations with students, parents, and other educators, the more I realize how beneficial the program can be. I'm an educator, who, like all of you, believes in the gifts students bring to their education. I strive to help them realize the importance of the gifts/strengths in each of them.

I have used the work of

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I have used the work of Harvey Silver's Thoughtful Classroom and Myers Briggs for youth.

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