Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Best Practices

The k12 American education required is largely industrial-age, lecture-based, non-differentiated, & incredibly non-engaging to today's learners. Yesterday I had a young man catapult himself over three library tables not because he was bored in my class but because he was bored all morning. As an educational system, should we be issuing consequences or engaging such students?
I suggest that by incorporating multiple intelligences & bloom's taxonomy with technology and by differentiating for individual differences, educators will not only be using best practices but will engage such learners. An excellent resource for planning is a spreadsheet combining multiple intelligences with Bloom's taxonomy, like those available at this site.
Learners do need to meet us half way by following certain ground rules, like focusing on lessons, playing after work is done, not using specific sites at school, & being respectful of all learners. Schools have been successful because they agreed on and operated on certain rules. It is up to older learners to inculcate younger learners in the rules of the culture.
Utilising the best possible practices is why schools pay us educators - doing what we are paid to do. I do find it difficult to fathom when people do not immediately employ best practices in education. If it is our job to do so, failing to do so would be to penalise tomorrow's citizens. Do we want to meet our Lord with that on our plate? Are we who we want to be?
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SMeech said...

For discussion sake... What do you say to the following: (Entry on Multiple Intelligences from Wikipedia)

The theory has been widely criticized in the psychology and educational theory communities. The most common criticisms argue that Gardner's theory is based on his own intuition rather than empirical data and that the intelligences are just other names for talents or personality types.

.mrsdurff said...

As far a quantitative research, the criticism is correct. But I would also say look at the face of a K12 student when you tell them they are intelligent, just differently from you. and witness the empowerment. Witness the improvement in tested scores. Children are very sensitive and suddenly become 'smarter' even in traditional recognized ways just because one uses MI Theory. And remember who did poorly in school (linguistic) mmm, Enistein. He wasn't so dumb I think.