Gunston Middle School Gifted Services
Sixth and Seventh graders investigated the questions:
How am I smart? How are we smart?
Students took a multiple intelligence survey to find out their strengths and limitations as learners in eight different areas:
Students learned that Howard Gardner was the first educator to propose this theory of multiple intelligences. They learned that there is no one best way to learn and all are important. However they might find that learning maybe be more fun in their area of strengths. The purpose isn't to be labeled but to have information about their specific learning preferences. Students then found out more about each type of learner and brainstormed how they might study best for a test given a specific learning preference.
Students then created bar graphs indicating their top three strengths showing a class profile. Here are some pictures highlighting the graphing.
Teachers use the class profiles to help plan and guide their instruction.
Source information: Heathcox, Diane. Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners, Grades 3-12. Free Spirit Publishing, Minneapolis, 2002