Standard 8: Howard Gardener's Theory Of Multiple Intelligences

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Standard 8: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
This standard is focused around the concept of using various approaches to teaching instructional content that best applies to each students’ learning style. Howard Gardener’s theory of multiple intelligences asserts that there are approximately eight learning styles, in which most will be represented within a typical classroom. It is essential that educators branch out from his/her normal way of teaching in order to create meaningful learning experiences for each and every student. It is so important
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All of our lesson plans need to address the various learning styles in order to involve all of our diverse students.
Too often when speaking with my peers I am told, “I was never taught how to study in high school. I just had to figure it out as I went along.” These are typically also the students who don’t study enough or in the most productive manner. In order to address this issue, I feel that it is important to teach my students about the various learning styles, while demonstrating them through my instructions. The lesson plan I have created in relation to this standard actually address and assists students in determining what type of learner they are. At the beginning of class, I will ask my seniors to raise their hands if they feel they know how to study in the most effective way. We will then have a conversation about how we all
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While teaching my students about his/her various learning styles, I am employing many different instructional strategies such as both teacher led and student led instruction in order to address the assorted intelligences that we are learning about. Through metacognitive thinking about the way in which they learn, students will become more likely to take part in meaningful learning experiences due to the fact that the information is transcribed in a way that they understand. The students will be encouraged that they have the knowledge and skills to be effective, and therefore will have the capacity to apply their understanding in meaningful ways. As the educator, I have in depth knowledge of Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and of my students’ tendencies. Throughout this lesson, I will take the lead at the beginning, explaining the intelligences. From there, the students will take initiative to develop their own deep understanding of the content being presented. As a practitioner, it is my job to facilitate and guide my students as they learn more about the various learning styles and

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