October 5, 2011

Module 3- Learning Log 3

Posted in Learning Logs- Module 3 at 2:49 pm by lmt84

As a classroom teacher, I have learned about multiple intelligences in college and have also attended a few professional development sessions on this topic. Despite this, I found the articles very useful because they offered new perspectives on multiple intelligences as well as new information on the topic.

The article An Educator’s Journey Towards Multiple Intelligences was a great refresher for me on this subject. Although brief, it was extremely informative. My favorite quote from this article was “MI theory is neither a curriculum nor a goal nor an endpoint, but it remains, 26 years after its birth, a powerful tool for helping educators to teach more effectively and students to learn more deeply and enduringly”(6). MI is quite different than Backwards Design, which revolves around the notion of starting to plan with the objective/goal, and going backwards from there. While this model has great value, I do see the importance of multiple intelligences in the world of education. Educators should look at MI as the means to achieve a goal or standard. One can use MI while engaging in Backwards Design, therefore you are using 2 beneficial strategies at a time which will lead to strong lessons.  MI Theory is truly a tool that we should try to use on a daily basis in order to best reach all of our learners.

Our students learn in different ways, so it is only natural that one type of activity will not suit every child’s needs. I think it would be beneficial to do some sort of assessment at the start of the year so you can see what kind of learners are in the school. As the librarian, I would approach the teachers to do just this—it could be as simple as creating a survey for students to take using Google Forms or Survey Monkey. After analyzing the results with the teacher, we could then plan out how to incorporate myself and other technologies/resources into future lessons and units. If we take the time to tailor our lessons to the individual needs in our class, we will create a more authentic learning experience for the students. There might be a stigma that to incorporate multiple intelligences, one must give up a large part of their planning time. By pairing with the librarian, I believe that more work would not be added to the teachers’ plate because you have two heads working on an idea. Perhaps this is one way to sway teachers into designing their lessons around the MI theory. One educator in the article Teachers Are Taking Multiple-Intelligences Theory to Heart states, “My philosophy is, you don’t have time not to do those things” (2). Schools that embrace the MI theory have seen the positive effects of this practice first hand. They have students who are more engaged and are therefore achieving high academic success. I could not see something like timing be enough of a deterrent for wanting to try this strategy.

I see MI Theory as an excellent opportunity to show the worth of the school’s library media program. The librarian can use her expertise regarding resources and technology to gear teacher lessons towards several intelligences. Librarians offer teachers the chance to truly include all students in the classroom. Not only can we really help our students to learn better, but MI allows us to further insert our curriculum into that of the content teachers. The article Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences echoes my thinking, “Using multiple intelligences theory to teach information literacy standards is a natural combination. Information skills help students become lifelong learners” (6). Getting involved in teacher classrooms and enforcing multiple intelligences offers us the chance to come up with very creative activities that also revolve around AASL Standards. We can meet AASL  Standard 1.3 by being an instructional partner to teachers and alerting them to the great possibilities for student engagement. To a degree we are even encouraging 1.1.6—read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (textual, visual, media, digital). By addressing students’ multiple intelligences, we will ultimately see that some students learn better by reading, others by viewing, others by doing. This is where having a variety of resources in our collection can really influence the impact that librarians have on the school. By showing teachers that we have resources that allow for MI Theory, we are taking a stand as an educational leader and giving our students a greater chance at success.

Another quote from Teachers Are Taking Multiple-Intelligences Theory to Heart that struck me was that MI “gives them the ability to explore and learn and resist the temptation to define themselves through others.”(3) Multiple Intelligences encourage our students to recognize how they learn and start to accept it as their strengths. If they realize that teachers are playing to these strengths and that they actually can be successful while being engaged in learning, I feel that they will see school in a new, positive manner. I feel that it would be fantastic to have a school in which differences are celebrated thus causing learning to thrive.


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