Course DescriptionEvery student in your class is intelligent. The trick is to finding out in what ways he or she is intelligent, and tapping into that to help them learn more readily. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences defines students as intelligent in one of eight areas. By teaching to a student's areas of intelligence, and by allowing them to express themselves using their preferred areas of intelligence, the entire classroom can be enriched. Students will explore the theory of multiple Intelligences and learn to design lesson plans that appeal to various areas of intelligence.
Lesson 1: Getting Started
When we say someone is smart, we typically mean that they have strengths in the traditional areas of intelligence: verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematical. But there are other areas of intelligence that students can possess.
In this lesson we will introduce you to Gardner's Multiple Intelligences and ways you can use this knowledge to better reach your students.
Lesson 2: Word and Music Smart
In this lesson we start our exploration of the multiple intelligences with "word and music smart." With word smart, we are talking about communicating, whether it is reading, writing, listening or talking. A student who is music smart may enjoy listening to music, creating music or singing. We will explore the characteristics of each of these intelligences and how your students can use them to improve their skills in other areas. We will also show how these intelligences can work together or with the other intelligences.
Lesson 3: Logic and Picture Smart
In this lesson we continue our exploration of the intelligences with an introduction to "logic smart and picture smart." Logic smart relates to problem-solving and picture smart relates to visualizing things. For example, in algebra we learn to create graphs in order to solve certain types of problems. How many other ways can we use one intelligence to help with another?
Lesson 4: Body and People Smart
In this lesson we will explore the kinesthetic and interpersonal intelligences. The kinesthetic intelligence is found in actors, sports stars, ballet dancers and other performers who use their bodies to communicate or do their jobs. Unfortunately, except for physical education classes, these students do not find many places where their intelligence can help them in school. The interpersonal intelligence is found in people who work well with others. Many teachers probably count this intelligence as one of their strongest, but schools often do not put enough emphasis on allowing students time to use their interpersonal skills.
Lesson 5: Self and Nature Smart
In this lesson we study the intrapersonal and naturalistic intelligences. The intrapersonal intelligence is strong in self-knowledge and self-awareness, and feels most comfortable working alone. The naturalistic intelligence enjoys plants animals and the outdoors. Self-smart kids in our class probably long for a quiet corner where they can reflect on what they have learned. The nature-smart kids in our class probably long for a romp in the outdoors. But with a little bit of work on our part, we may be able to provide these two intelligences a place in our classrooms where they can feel comfortable.
Lesson 6: Putting it All Together
In the last four lessons, we have explored the eight multiple intelligences and how we can use them to relate to our students. Hopefully you have found some ways to understand each student and how their own strengths and weaknesses can affect how they learn, and how we can use that information to make it easier for them to master new skills. In this lesson, we will look back at what we have learned and put it all together in a final project.
Participants will have 180 days to complete this online, self-paced course.
Internet Connectivity Requirements:
Cable/DSL internet connection recommended for best experience
CPU: 1 GHz or higher
RAM: 2 GB or higher
Resolution: 1280x720 or higher
Microphone (webinar/live online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
Mac OSX 10 or higher
Latest Chrome OS
Latest Linux distributions
NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses.
Web Browser Requirements:
Latest Google Chrome recommended for best experience
Latest Mozilla Firefox
Latest Microsoft Edge
Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements:
Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
PDF reader program (Adobe Reader or FoxIt)
Courses may require other software (denoted in course outline above)