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Learning Styles

Explore ways to vary approaches to learning and take into account students' learning needs and preferences.

  • Multiple Intelligences Theory: Widely Used, Yet Misunderstood

    One of the most popular ideas in education is applied in ways that its creator never intended.
    Youki Terada
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    Multiple Intelligences: What Does the Research Say?

    Proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983, the theory of multiple intelligences has revolutionized how we understand intelligence. Learn more about the research behind his theory.
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    Teaching Good Study Habits, Minute by Minute

    With clear goals, timed exercises, and games, parents can help design home-study habits by tailoring them to their students' visual, kinesthetic, musical, or social strengths.
  • How Learning Profiles Can Strengthen Your Teaching

    Here's a heretical notion: learning profiles can actually benefit students. Blogger John McCarthy shares his tips.
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    Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences

    Edutopia revisits its 1997 interview with the Harvard University professor about multiple intelligences and new forms of assessment.
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    Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful?

    We've collected nine varying opinions from learning experts about whether the idea of learning styles is valid and a useful addition to a teacher's toolkit.
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    Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

    With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.
  • 15+ Readiness Resources for Driving Student Success

    Students learn when ready, but not everyone reaches that point simultaneously. Discover resources to help meet the readiness needs of all your students.
  • 4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

    Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson, recognizing that students get overwhelmed by unfamiliar material and choke up on assessments, offers four confidence-building strategies: verbalizing, brain dumps, non-linear thinking creativity.
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    What Works for Differentiating Instruction in Elementary Schools

    How you can start personalizing learning in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, and beyond.
  • Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

    Education consultant and guest blogger John McCarthy advocates for student-centered education via three strategies for differentiated instruction: knowing students' strengths, involving them in planning, and leveraging the strengths of fellow educators.
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    Use Formative Assessment to Differentiate Instruction

    Educators use frequent formative assessments to determine the needs of each student at Forest Lake Elementary School.
  • There's No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2

    Make time for differentiated instruction with small learning teams, daily formative assessments, and managed activities that differentiated content, process, and products.
  • Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

    Edutopia blogger David Cutler shares his conversation with Josh Elder, creator of Reading With Pictures, about using comics as a strategy for engaging students to construct meaning while interacting with the pictures and text.

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