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ERIC Number: EJ775772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Teaching to Multiple Intelligence by Following a "Slime Trail"
Delaney, Carol J.; Shafer, Francie Keller
Middle School Journal (J3), v39 n1 p38-43 Sep 2007
In this age of teacher accountability and high-stakes testing, practicing middle school teachers face many complex issues. Because adolescents must deal with the challenges of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual change, they are considered the most diverse population in the public school system. One way to increase achievement and address the needs of young adolescents is to employ an assortment of innovative teaching methods. At the same time, teachers' assessments should allow for a wider range of evaluation of student performance that expand traditional assessments. Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligence (MI) accounts for a broader range of potential among individuals because it recognizes eight forms of human intelligence: visual spatial, verbal linguistic, logical mathematical, bodily kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical rhythmic, and naturalistic intelligences. His theory is based on the premise that individuals possess all eight intelligences but demonstrate different levels of functioning in these various intelligences. To develop this range of intelligences, instructional methods need to be varied so that students may use their intellectual strengths to better understand a topic. In this article, the authors describe how they had their students experience the value of classroom practice based on MI theory by modeling instruction wherein students participate in classroom activities that address the various intelligences. To demonstrate that the theory can be applied to any subject, they chose to teach a set of little known facts about slugs, which are slimy creatures that are "cousins" to the snail. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A