# Guided Math Lessons and Multiple Intelligences

What are your dominant intelligences? Do you know? Because you teach from them. We all teach from our strengths and yet we have students who learn from the spaces where we aren’t so dominant. Here is a great site to test your intelligences (be sure to take the free test):

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/

ks3/ict/multiple_int/index.htm

We have to make sure we have a full toolkit so we can reach all of our students. Howard Gardner built upon several theories to formalize and popularize this idea of multiple intelligences -the idea that students learn in 9 different ways. This theory directly impacts our guided math groups because the way we shape lessons should springboard from these ways. We try different approaches with different students. When we teach from the space they learn, they get it. In the next few posts I will discuss each one of the intelligences and how to build on them during guided math lessons.

Resources:

http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/mi/index.html

http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multiple_intelligences.php

http://surfaquarium.com/MI/intelligences.htm

http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-21-2005-73482.asp

http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/mi/wahl.htm

http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/mi/front_mi.htm

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/651

I am working on including differentiated strategies into my daily instruction. It is also part of my goals for my PDP to renew my teaching license. I realize that all students learn differently, and therefore, I teach and assess in a variety of ways.

However, I struggle with how much time it takes to come up with a good lesson that reaches all my learners. What types of things are good to do in the beginning of the school year to get to know what type of learner my students are quickly?

MelissaAugust 1, 2010

Hi Melissa,

This is a great question and so important. We need to take more time to do these things. I create a math learning profile, I do learning style inventories and give content and strategy quizzes. I give a variety of assessments so that I can differentiate by academic readiness, learning styles and interest levels. There is a post on the blog called Individual Conferences which has some templates. I will be posting more templates later this month as well. Please keep me posted about how it goes.

Regards,

Dr. Nicki

drnickinewtonAugust 5, 2010

I have to admit .. one of my saving graces is that I am very tactile so my students were always exposed to hands on math …

Reaching all students is hard but I think that if we differentiate instruction with MI in mind, then we can reach a variety of students, more so than if we just did hands on, or just did a writing assignment …

Sharon LabaoAugust 25, 2010

I think we really must take up this idea of differentiating instruction so that we can invigorate our teaching and engage our students. As teachers, we must consider what our own dominant intelligences are because we teach from them and miss the kids that learn in other ways. We have to make a conscious effort to reach everyone.

drnickinewtonAugust 26, 2010

Where is your link for the Individual Conferences?

MelissaMarch 6, 2011