Multiple Intelligences Choice Board

From pre-school through higher education, teaching methods lend themselves to the enhancement of content areas. Yet, these techniques should be weighed for their unique strengths and weaknesses as they contribute to student understanding as well as how they relate to the goals and objectives of the course. Their implementation in education should be carefully evaluated when determining how to best meet the needs of each student. The connection of these techniques to content and student learning styles characterizes a good educator. Multiple Intelligences Choice Board

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This method easily is integrated into every lesson planning session and teaching moment. It can be used as a quick reference to help educators keep attention on different learning personalities as it provides a quick checklist for both questioning and activities. These questions and activities are aligned with the specific learning styles as created by Howard Gardner (2006).

Intelligence Sample Ways to Access Content
Verbal/linguistic oral presentations

speeches

books

newspapers

internet search

tape recorders

reports

book on tape

Logical/Mathematical calculators/other technology

math manipulatives

timelines

outlines

lab experiments

puzzles

formulas

math games

Visual/Spatial graphs

concept maps

graphic organizers

videos

powerpoint presentations

cameras

Legos

posters

charts

cartoons

Bodily/Kinesthetic field trips

building tools

hands-on-tactile learning

multisensory learning

manipulatives

role playing

acting

cooperative learning

experiments

sports/games

sports equipment

Musical/Rhythmic songs

raps

jingles

rhymes

mnemonic devices

poetry

musical instruments

tape recorder

Naturalist plants

animals

field trips

identifying elements of and/or relationships to nature

gardening tools

naturalists’ tools

Interpersonal/People Smart think-pair-share activities

cooperative group learning

role play

debate

co-teaching

board games

props for role play

party supplies

Intrapersonal/Self Smart journals

diaries

self-monitoring materials

materials for projects

Multiple Intelligences Choice Board by Thousand, J., Villa, R. & Nevin, A. (2007). Differentiating instruction: Collaboratively planning and teaching for universally designed learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. p. 68-69.

Sources:

Gardner, H. (2006). Multiple Intelligences. New York, New York: Basic Books.

Kosanovich, M., Ladinsky, K., Nelson, L., & Torgesen, J. (2013). Differentiated reading instruction: small group alternative lesson structures for all students. Retrieved from www.fcrr.org/assessment/pdf/smallgroupalternativelessonstructures.pdf

Moore, K. D. (2012). Effective instructional strategies: From theory to practice (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA:Sage Publications.

Thousand, J., Villa, R. & Nevin, A. (2007). Differentiating instruction: Collaboratively planning    and teaching for universally designed learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

By Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, a master’s in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. She has published several titles, including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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