WEEK FOUR (Oct 24-Oct 30)--LS and MI in the Classroom
Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom
Now that you've explored a few different frameworks for understanding learning differences, you will focus on identifying successful techniques and strategies that teachers use to address students' multiple intelligences and learning styles in the classroom. You will also do additional work on your final project.
As you read these selections, think about the following questions:
- How can you use strategies and tools in your own lesson plans to address a variety of learning styles and intelligences?
- How can you use technology, such as video clips or interactives, to help you work with learners with varying needs and strengths?
Students Who Know Their Own Minds: Choosing the Nontraditional Path, Ashley Ball, Edutopia
This article describes the way one school empowewrs its students to learn more about their learning styles so that they may excel in the classroom. You may also find the accompanying video useful as well.
How to Address Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom: Tips and resources for putting MI theory into practice, Sara Bernard
This article offers several concrete suggestions for how to bring Multiple Intelligences theory into practice in your classroom. Explore several of the hyperlinked resources embedded in this article as well.
Review the following activity charts which may be useful in planning MI-centered classroom lessons.
As you review the lists of activities, think about which ones make sense for the population of students that you work with, as well as the specific content area that you teach. Are there ways to combine two or more activity types to create an even more inclusive learning experience? How?
Teachers’ Domain is an online library containing over 1,000 free multimedia resources in a number of content areas. Registration is free, and enables you to view and use the complete library.
Explore some of the multimedia resources available at Teachers’ Domain and try to locate at least two that would be useful in your lessons. Here are some ways to navigate through the content on the Teachers’ Domain site:
- Get started by browsing the categories in the lower right column. Resources are divided into content areas and also into “Special Collections” of specific topics.
- Do a keyword search by typing into the Search box at the top left of the page, just below the Teachers’ Domain logo. Clicking on “Advanced Search” will allow you to specify which types of media you want to find.
- To return to the Teachers’ Domain homepage at any point, click on the logo at the top left of the page.
Option 1: Lesson Plan
Complete Sections 1-4 of your Differentiating Instruction: Lesson Plan Template by doing the following:
(You will have additional time to complete your final project in Weeks Five and Six.)
- Define a topic for your lesson plan.
- Identify relevant state and local standards to be addressed.
- Determine key learning goals.
- Plan activities or tasks.
Option 2: Design Your Own Project
If you have chosen to design your own final project. Take time this week to decide on the medium for your project and begin to outline your topic. Project characteristics to consider include:
Audience (will this be a product used by students or for fellow teachers)
How will this project incorporate the ideas shared in this course?
How much time will you need to complete this project in the medium you have chosen?
Describe some preliminary ideas you have for your differentiated lesson plan or for your alternative final project. Why did you choose this topic? What need does it fulfill?
Please use our Google Group page for this discussion
Be sure to return frequently during the session to read and respond to comments posted by other participants.