In Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Thomas Armstrong describes how educators can bring Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences into the classroom every day. Combining clear explanations and practical advice, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom is an excellent guide to identifying, nurturing, and supporting the unique capabilities of evey student.
"The book includes dozens of practical tips, strategies, and examples from real schools and districts. Armstrong provides tools, resources, and ideas that educators can immediately use to help students of all ages achieve their fullest potential in life." - ASCD
"Armstrong provides tools, resources, and ideas that educators can immediately use to help students of all ages achieve their fullest potential in life." - Questia
Education has never had so many tools at its disposal to improve the teaching and learning processes. These are exciting times for everyone in the discipline. Neuroscience and psychology nurture our understanding of how the brain learns and help us identify the best teaching practices possible. Although the tools of the
Let’s acknowledge two fundamental facts. First, students who attend school from kindergarten through secondary school typically spend more than 13,000 hours of their developing brain’s time in the presence of teachers. Second, their brains are highly susceptible to environmental influences—social, physical, cognitive, and emotional. And, more important, their brains will be
For the first time ever, New Kinds of Smart brings together all the main strands of research about intelligence in one book and explains these new ideas to practising teachers and educators. Each chapter presents practical examples, tools and templates so that each new strand of thinking can be woven into their
Why Don’t Students Like School began as a list of nine principles that are so fundamental to the mind’s operation that they do not change as circumstances change. They are true in the classroom as they are in the laboratory and therefore can reliably be applied to classroom situations. These nine
Keeping a personal journal involves students in making ongoing written records related to a specific domain.
When using storytelling in the classroom, you weave essential concepts, ideas, and instructional goals into a story that you tell to students.
Take students to places in the community where each of the intelligences is particularly valued and practiced.
Regularly bring members of your community into the classroom to talk about their jobs, and contextualize this activity within an MI framework.
Talk with other teachers and compare notes. A child who appears low functioning in one class may be a star in a class that requires a different intelligence.
While you don’t have to master all eight intelligences, you should know how to tap resources in the intelligences you typically shy away from in the classroom.
Before applying any model of learning in a classroom environment, we should first apply it to ourselves as educators and adult learners, for unless we have an experiential understanding of the theory and have personalized its content, we are unlikely to be committed to using it with students.