Teaching to Multiple Intelligences



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Introduction to Multiple Intelligences

"In relation to the disciplinary expert, the term "constraints" may at first seem inappropriate. After all, in some ways, experts are empowered to overcome constraints, to stretch their skills and concepts in new and even unanticipated directions" -Howard Gardner-

As educators move into the 21st century more and more research shows that children of all ages do not learn the same exact way. As research continues, it is the job of the educator to try and teach using different methods in order to reach their students, but how does an educator know what methods of teaching are appropriate? Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences of psychology give an understanding of the different areas of skill in which students learn. Understanding a student's learning preferences can help enhance their intelligence, and allows for teachers to use creative projects which include skills from other disciplines. This prepares students for the multiple tasks that will face them in the real world.

Performance Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

- Understand the use of multiple intelligences in the classroom.

- Evaluate students' learning preferences

- Apply teaching strategies to enhance multiple intelligences

- Create a cross curricular project with multiple intelligences

Needs Assessment

In the world of education it is becoming even more important to connect our teaching to what students will be doing in the "real world". Students will not be reciting mindless facts at a job or take notes on everything. People do not learn the same exact way, that is what makes every student in a classroom different. If a teacher can enhance a students abilities then that creates more working members of society. Multiple intelligences allow teachers to teach different ways and it also encourages cross curricular projects. In an age of information teachers must teach students different ways to apply that information.

There a few prerequisite skills a person must have prior to taking this course:

- A basic understanding of psychology and educational theories

- A background in lesson planning and pedagogy

- The willingness to be creative and try different teaching strategies

Formative Assessment

During the time of this course you will be asked to keep a learning journal. This is where you should keep your notes and answer questions throughout lessons. Use the journal also to keep track of reflections at the end of each lesson. This will help you evaluate what you have learned and how you can apply it. There will also be assignments that should be done in order to enhance your learning experience. This way you are receiving the full learning environment. Below there is an area to create an internal link for your learning journal. This will be where you answer questions in the individual lessons and write down any notes or reflections from each lesson.

Unit 1: Gardner's Multiple Intelligences

Unit 2: Identifying Learning Preferences

Unit 3: Applying Multiple Intelligences to the Classroom

Unit 4: Importance of Cross Curricular Projects towards Multiple Intelligences


Area for Class Learning Journals

Below create an internal link to your own personal learning journal