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8 kinds of Smart: Identifying and developing the multiple intelligence in young learners


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Jacqueline Burns
Global Mathematics Consultant
Amman, Jordan
24 February 2018

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8 kinds of Smart: Identifying and developing the multiple intelligence in young learners

  1. 1. 8 Kinds of Smart: Identifying and developing the multiple intelligences in young learners Jacqueline Burns Global Mathematics Consultant Amman, Jordan 24 February 2018
  2. 2. Which kinds of smart are YOU? Go to
  3. 3. 8 Kinds of Smart: Multiple Intelligences Today’s Agenda • Part 1 from 9:30-11:30 PM • Break 11:30-12:00 PM • Part 2 from 12:00-2:00 PM
  4. 4. The Evolution of Learning Styles: From VAK to MI
  5. 5. • Dr. Gardner is a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of the human brain, he focused much of his early research on the artistic development of those who had suffered traumatic brain injury. • His profound work in these areas in the 1970s and 1980s became the foundation for his transformative theory of multiple intelligences and its implications for education.
  6. 6. It’s not IF you are smart… it’s HOW you are smart!
  7. 7. The Multiple Intelligences: Overview • Verbal-Linguistic - You probably like writing, telling, or reading stories, poetry, songs, or essays. Effective study strategies using your language intelligence include reading, oral reading or acting, making notes, copying chunks of text, mnemonics, and making a note of ideas or reflections on what you have read. • Mathematical-Logical - You have a strong aptitude for numbers, logic, and reasoning. You tend to think like a scientist, and numbers seem easy and sensible to you. Study strategies include organizing notes in an outline, categorizing information, and using mnemonic devices. • Musical-Rhythmic - You learn best through song, rhyme, rhythm and sound. Effective study techniques will incorporate these preferences into your lessons. You could try using a familiar tune to remember spelling, processes, formulae, or historical events by making up lyrics.
  8. 8. The Multiple Intelligences: Overview • Visual-Spatial - You probably remember best in pictures or images. Making charts, graphic organizers, posters, slideshows, videos, or photo collages work for you as a learning strategy. • Bodily-Kinesthetic - You probably enjoy being on the go as much as possible. Since you would rather learn by doing, the most effective study strategies are those which incorporate body movement or hands-on activities into a project. • Interpersonal - You tend to have good social skills and are good at both verbal and nonverbal communication. Effective techniques for enhancing your education using your social intelligence skills include taking part in group or team projects, discussions, book clubs, literature groups, or study groups.
  9. 9. The Multiple Intelligences: Overview • Intrapersonal - You are self-aware and comfortable spending time alone. Effective study techniques will incorporate solitary projects, writing in a journal, or analytical writing. When studying history, events or people, a powerful study technique might be role playing or examining different points of view. • Naturalist – You probably care deeply about nature, whether your focus is rocks, trees, birds, animals, flowers or even meteorology. You love to be outdoors, are nurturing and probably like to look after animals or grow plants. Effective study techniques will encompass projects that can be tied into the environment or the natural world. This includes using photographs, drawings, or observations to augment a project.
  10. 10. The Evolution of Education in Jordan
  11. 11. Can you guess their Multiple Intelligence Strength(s)?
  12. 12. Mathematics and MI Multiplication • musical-rhythmic • bodily-kinesthetic • visual-spatial • verbal-linguistic • mathematical-logical • interpersonal • intrapersonal • naturalist
  13. 13. Musical intelligence and mathematics Schoolhouse Rock! • American program series of animated musical educational short films and videos that aired during the Saturday morning children's programming on television. • grammar, science, economic, history, mathematics and civics • 1973 to 1985 Multiplying by Fives
  14. 14. Why use manipulatives? Concrete. The “doing” stage using concrete objects to model problems Representational. The “seeing” stage using representations of the objects to model problems Abstract. The “symbolic” stage using abstract symbols to model problems
  15. 15. Multiple intelligences and mathematics
  16. 16. Multiple Intelligence Math Task Packets Group Task • Work through, draw, and/or discuss the activities on the Multiple Intelligence card and the other materials in the packet Questions to consider: • Which activity surprised me? • What would this look like in student work? • What modification(s), if any, would I make? • What materials would I need?
  17. 17. Patterns, Algebra and Algebra Readiness The Mystery Number
  18. 18. The Four Operations: Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide How could you incorporate the multiple intelligences into a lesson on • addition? • subtraction? • multiplication? • division? • fractions? • measurement? • word problems?
  19. 19. Learning Activities That Connect With Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart) • Completing crossword puzzles with vocabulary words • Playing games like Scrabble, Scrabble Junior, or Boggle • Writing short stories for a classroom newsletter • Creating poems for a class poetry book • Entering their original poems in a poetry contest • Studying the habits of good speakers • Telling a story to the class
  20. 20. Learning Activities That Connect With Logical- Mathematical Intelligence (Math Smart) • Playing math games like mancala, dominoes, chess, checkers, and Monopoly • Searching for patterns in the classroom, school, outdoors, and home • Conducting experiments to demonstrate science concepts • Using math and science software such as Math Blaster, which reinforces math skills, or King's Rule, a logic game • Using science tool kits for science programs • Designing alphabetic and numeric codes • Making up analogies
  21. 21. Learning Activities That Connect With Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart) • Using puppets to act out and reinforce concepts learned in class • Using maps to study geographical locations discussed in class • Taking photographs for assignments and classroom newsletters • Taking photographs for the school newsletter, or science assignments • Using clay or play dough to make objects or represent concepts from content-area lessons • Using pictorial models such as flow charts, visual maps, Venn diagrams, and timelines to connect new material to known information
  22. 22. Learning Activities That Connect With Musical Intelligence (Music Smart) • Writing their own songs and music about content-area topics • Putting original poems to music, and then performing them for the class • Incorporating a poem they have written with a melody they already know • Listening to music from different historical periods • Using rhythm and clapping to memorize math facts and other content- area information • Listening to CDs that teach concepts like the alphabet, parts of speech, and states and capitals (i.e. Schoolhouse Rock!)
  23. 23. Learning Activities That Connect With Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart) • Creating costumes for role-playing, skits, or simulations • Performing skits or acting out scenes from books or key historical events • Designing props for plays and skits • Using charades to act out characters in a book, vocabulary words, animals, or other content-area topics • Participating in scavenger hunts, searching for items related to a theme or unit • Acting out concepts. For example, "student planets" circle around a "student sun" or students line up appropriately to demonstrate events in a history time line • Building objects using blocks, cubes, or Legos to represent concepts from content-area lessons
  24. 24. Learning Activities That Connect With Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart) • Working in cooperative groups to design and complete projects • Working in pairs to learn math facts • Interviewing people with knowledge about content-area topics (such as a soldier to learn about a recent war, a lab technician to learn about life science, or a politician to understand the election process) • Tutoring younger students or classmates • Using puppets to put on a puppet show
  25. 25. Learning Activities That Connect With Intrapersonal Intelligence (Self Smart) • Writing reflective papers on content-area topics • Writing essays from the perspective of historical figures, such as Civil War soldiers or suffragettes • Writing a literary autobiography, reflecting on their reading life • Writing goals for the future and planning ways to achieve them • Keeping journals or logs throughout the year • Making a scrapbook for their poems, papers, and reflections
  26. 26. Learning Activities That Connect With Naturalistic Intelligence (Nature Smart) • Caring for classroom plants • Caring for classroom pets • Sorting and classifying natural objects, such as leaves and rocks • Researching animal habitats • Observing natural surroundings • Organizing or participating in park/playground clean-ups, recycling drives, and beautification projects
  27. 27. Multiple Intelligences Lessons Your Task: • Work through a grade-specific task according to the directions • Include at least one math manipulative • Add at least one additional multiple intelligence to the lesson Questions to consider: • What would this look like in my students’ work? • How would I modify this task?
  28. 28. Exploring Math Manipulatives Manipulatives for Consideration • Counters • Connecting cubes • Base ten counters • Number line • Random number generator (number cubes) • Spinners • Tape measure • Number board 1-100
  29. 29. Multiple Intelligences: Next Steps • Observe your learners’ MI strengths • Identify/remember your MI strengths • Amend your style of delivery to support the learners • Accommodate and challenge your learners
  30. 30. Q&A / Comments EM: WhatsApp: +971 56 4166150 Twitter: @GlobalMath411