Friday, March 26, 2010

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Howard Gardner's Five Minds For the Future

Inspirational post brought me back thinking about multiple intelligences, how useful it is to consider MI when you reflect upon most aspects of your teaching practice.
I think of Gardner as someone who has reinvented the wheel to learning. One can use this model to anything, from the "simple present" to digital skills and back. The concept behind is simple: for whatever you wish to teach, link your instructional objective to words, numbers or logic, pictures, music, the body, social interaction, and/or personal experience.
If you can create activities that combine these intelligences in unique ways, you got it!

This post is about using MI and Gardner's latest views on five minds for the future to help me push myself into being a reflective, eager to learn learner.
Useful insights to consider when writing a self appraisal:
Each child comes into the world with unique potentials that, if properly nourished, can contribute to the betterment of our world. The biggest challenge for parents and teachers is to remove the roadblocks that keep those gifts from being recognized, celebrated, and nurtured.

  • How did your plan foster for different learning styles? Diffferent intelligencies?
  • Children learn what they see - What examples did you set in class?
  • What kind of mind did you celebrate in your lesson?
  • Were you respectful and ethical? Were your students respectful and ethical?
  • What did you learn from your students today?
  • What did your learner learn today that might help him/her become a more respectful and ethical human being?
  • What changes would I make if I were to teach this lesson again? Why?
  • How did You feel during class?
Keep in mind that you should be your own supervisor. Be kind to yourself. You are also learning...

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