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Week 5 – Discussion
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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Multiple Intelligences: A Case Study [WLO: 1] [CLO: 2]
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read all required Week 5 Resources.
The infusion of Multiple Intelligences Theory into the curriculum has been proven to increase learner achievement, including improved engagement and performance on standardized tests. However, even with this research, many educators (from Pre-K through college) focus on delivering content standards instead of permeating their curriculum with pedagogy that engages students and deepens their understanding of higher order thinking skills.
There are two parts that need to be completed for this discussion. When responding, be sure to refer to examples, theory, and research from this week’s readings and other sources to support your conclusions.
Case Study Background: Sarah, a third grader in Mrs. Smith’s class, enjoys coming to school and learning. She is quiet and well-behaved. She does not have very many friends and usually plays alone at recess time. Sarah generally receives average grades in reading and math on her report cards. However, Mrs. Smith thinks Sarah has greater potential and is not applying herself fully. Sarah loves to role play and read aloud in class; however, she struggles with writing.
Think about these questions before completing Parts 1 and 2 (these questions do not need to be answered in your post):
How can Mrs. Smith find out what type of learner Sarah is?
How can she use this information to help Sarah excel in the classroom and go beyond just an average student?
Part 1: Mrs. Smith’s class just completed a comprehension test on the story they were reading in class. Sarah received a failing grade on this written test. The test was comprised of open-ended questions, multiple choice, and short answers. This grade surprised Mrs. Smith, as Sarah was able to express her knowledge and understanding of the text through class discussions and through collaborative activities.
Why do you think that Sarah may have received a failing grade on the written assessment?
Why do you think that this does not reflect the knowledge displayed during the discussions and collaborative group assignments?
What strategies can Mrs. Smith incorporate into her lessons to help Sarah with this disconnect in the future?
Part 2: Mrs. Smith reflected upon her teaching and the assessment. She then reflected upon Sarah and the type of learner she tends to be. One thing she decided was that the test format was not appropriate for Sarah’s learning style and that next time she could offer Sarah part of the test orally to see how she does.
What is something else that she may have reflected upon?
How will knowing Sarah’s learning style help Mrs. Smith be a more effective teacher?
How will you as an educator ensure you know all your learners’ learning styles and plan in order to enhance their intelligences?