Multiple Intelligences
I chose this topic because of my interest in the ways that I learn best, as well as knowing the different ways my students will learn. I can remember many times when I learned more/less in classes because of the way the material was taught. Knowing our strengths and weaknesses as learners can really empower us to focus on where we need improvements and what strengths we can build off of.

Five most important things I learned:
1. 8 different learning styles: Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Linguistic, Spatial, Naturalistic, and Bodily-Kinesthetic
2. Teaching using Multiple Intelligences can allow students to access a deeper level of understanding.
3. One lesson can utilize many different learning styles.
4. Students can be assessed various way (commonly using a rubric) when using Multiple Intelligences in the classroom.
5. Teaching students about Multiple Intelligences puts them in charge of their own learning by giving them the resources to recognize how they learn most effectively.



If you can only view one element from my Wiki page, go to "Multiple Intelligences Thrive in Smartville" because it provides an amazing school-wide example of utilizing Multiple Intelligences within classrooms in a very positive and effective way.



Resources:

Howard Gardner of The Multiple Intelligence Theory:
4/5 stars - while this short video explains The Multiple Intelligence Theory very well the presentation is a little dry. In this 7 minute YouTube video, Howard Gardner points out that if we teach one way we are picking out only one type of brain that is acceptable. However by teaching with a variety of techniques we allow students to learn in a way that is interesting and productive for each student and we can really assess their level of deep understanding. Another really important point that I would like to look further into is the idea that we are creating students with very broad knowledge (little bit of knowledge about many things), instead of allowing students to have a deep knowledge about fewer things.




Historical Overview of Multiple Intelligences:
4/5 stars - very creative and interesting way to summarize multiple intelligences, but she missed the naturalistic intelligence (which, in my opinion, is a very important one). In this YouTube video, Alexandra Key briefly summarizes and gives examples for Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Linguistic, Spatial, and Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligences.




Multiple Intelligences Thrive in Smartville:
5/5 stars - this video gives a great example of a school that is focused around multiple intelligences and the extremely positive results it has on their students. I really like this idea of teaching students to understand and take responsibly for their learning. In this YouTube video, we explore a classroom at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy in Georgia, where students rotate through stations in the classroom that allow them to strive within their learning preferences as well as continue to practice skills in other learning intelligences. This school also has a mock-village, called Smartsville, where students use their multiple intelligences to learn real life skills like banking and cooking; complete with a museum, post office, and store that students manage.





What are your Multiple Intelligences?
5/5 stars - what better way to understand Multiple Intelligences than by taking a test to find your own personal multiple intelligences. The link below to the Birmingham Grid for Learning website will allow you to take in short test (5-15 mins) that will give you an idea of where you fall within each intelligence type. I found that I have strong Naturalistic, Linguistic, Musical, Logical intelligences, with medium/high level of Spatial, Interpersonal, and Kinesthetic intelligences, followed by a mid/lower intrapersonal intelligence. Where do you stand?

Find out your Multiple Intelligences here...


Multiple Intelligences by Dr. Thomas Armstrong:
4/5 stars - this website provides an overview of Dr. Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences with examples of how this can be used for teaching and learning. I found its inability to use what it was teaching disappointing, there should be actual examples on the page of activities, or pictures, or videos to showcase these different types of learning. This website link from the American Institute for Learning and Human Development gives a more in-depth picture of the eight types of multiple intelligences. I really liked the focus partway through the page on "How to Teach or Learn Anything 8 Different Ways" because often I find some of the resources focus on what the different learning styles are, but not how we can teach using these different techniques. By connecting our lessons with words, numbers or logic, pictures, music, self-reflection, physical experiences, social experiences, or experiences with the natural world we can better connect what we are teaching to a variety of students and how they learn best.
http://www.institute4learning.com/multiple_intelligences.php



Multiple Intelligences by Sir Ken Robinson:

4/5 stars - this humorous video provides a unique look at difficulties in education with an excellent example of a recognized multiple intelligence. In this YouTube video, Sir Ken Robinson touches on some of the difficulties and advancements in education. While this video has a different spin from the others, focusing more on education than the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, I included it because of the excellent real-life example given in the last minute and a half. He tells of a child with a misunderstood intelligence (in that time) whose needs were realized and met with great success for her and society. I won't give anymore away about that surprise.





How do you teach Multiple Intelligences by Zoe Clement:
5/5 stars - This would be a great resources to help you brainstorm some ways to actually use Multiple Intelligences in you classroom. In this YouTube video, Zoe Clement gives examples of three teaching styles that she would use to teach in a multiple intelligences classroom, as well as how you could implement more than one intelligence at a time for each. The three teaching styles are: teacher-centered, student-centered, and inquiry based learning models. For each of these she gives specific examples of what some lessons might look like and a few activities she would use (like pinwheel and folder activities).





How to Assess and Evaluate (for Multiple Intelligences classrooms) by Zoe Clement:
5/5 stars - This video gives some great insights of how teaching with Multiple Intelligences can still be assessed and evaluated in a fair and comprehensive way. In this YouTube video, Zoe Clement discusses various types of assessments and evaluations that can be given to check student's level of understanding regardless of their mode of learning the material. I really liked her use of a rubric to give clear feedback of the student's outcome. I think that giving the student the rubric before the lesson also allows them to really understand what they are responsible for learning and gives students a chance to be in charge of their learning (both what and how they learn).