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Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

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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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Pamela's picture

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.

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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...

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Scott Gunderson
High School Math and Science Teacher from Chico, CA

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.

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Michelle Kochen
Kindergarten Teacher from Baltimore, Md.

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.

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