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Magazine Issue 11: MI & Outstanding
May 2011

This month ideas about Multiple Intelligence & Outstanding

Article: The MI Institute
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Mike's Books
Additional Resources
Wise Words

This Month's Article:

The MI Institute

The MI Institute A Guest Article from 2011 by master teacher and researcher Josh Lange who describes how Multiple Intelligences theory is implemented around the world, and how you can connect with MI educators in different countries.

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Categories: Article, Multiple Intelligences, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Multiple Intelligences CPD Outstanding
Josh Lange is...
By day Josh Lange works with University College London as an EAP Teaching Fellow in International Programmes. In his spare time, he works with the Multiple Intelligences Institute to support the growth of a global MI Network in the UK. And in his spare spare time, he's completing an EdD at Exeter University with a focus on Educational Futures. Josh is an outstanding educator who uses Multiple Intelligences theory as a cornerstone to his belief system and as a powerful tool in his teaching repertoire:

"I first heard about MI Theory whilst in teachers' college in my hometown of Miami, Florida, and it made so much sense that there has been no turning back! Now MI Theory is a part of my daily practice, and MI-based practice has made me the fortunate bearer of several teaching awards and accolades in my field across four continents; but most importantly, MI Theory has made me a learner-centered educator able to value each individual, including myself, in respect to strengths and weaknesses."

The 30-Year Fad
"Since Multiple Intelligences Theory was first proposed by Howard Gardner in the early 1980s, thousands of schools and perhaps millions of educators around the world have become truly learner-centred in their approaches by infusing lessons and curricula with MI. Others have used MI Theory to support their claims that the learner should be at the center of the educational process. Some critics have suggested that MI Theory is a “fad” or “unempirical”, arguing that it is some kind of trendy pop-psychology of the learner which would pass away with the prevailing winds of change. This hasn’t happened. MI Theory is already an integral part of 21st Century progress."

Outstanding MI: UK & Ireland
"At Manchester University, Hannah Scott has developed Body Collages, an MI-based assessment tool which will be changing the way we understand and assess ‘learning disabled’ students. At Exeter University, Anna Craft has been a strong proponent of MI, related to her cutting-edge research on creativity and the student-led ASPIRE programme. And of course Birmingham City Council has developed its free online MI assessment tool, what we refer to as an ‘exploration’ activity to help secondary students find their own repertoire of strengths.

In Scotland, recent research conducted by Brian Boyd on uses of MI showed that 65% of Scottish teachers regard themselves as being able to “address a pupil’s learning failure by approaching it from a different intelligence” and 49% believe that “everyone is intelligent in some way”.

In Ireland, University College Cork uses MI-based approaches to pre-service teacher training, and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment guidelines specifically refers to MI Theory regarding ‘Exceptionally Able Students’"

Outstanding MI: Rest of the World!
"Overall, however, UK schools have been lagging behind other European countries in the involvement of MI Best Practices. In Copenhagen, Rosenlund Municipal School has developed ‘intelligence areas’ and ‘work spaces’ based on the Key School’s (US) ‘interest centers’ which are used for free play and in-class activities. The arrangement of these centres in Denmark serves a second purpose: utilize Csikzentmihalyi’s famous ‘flow theory’ throughout the day, ensuring students are optimally using their whole day, and whole person.

Also in Denmark, the Danfoss Universe science museum has built its interactive two-story ‘Explorama’ through the lens of MI. In Norway, ‘uteskole’ – or ‘outside school’ – nurtures learners’ Naturalist Intelligence and at Apeltun school MI is infused on two levels: top-down, the school year is organised thematically into 11 sections based on MI, and bottom-up using Lien Roe’s idea of ‘musical elements’ (which uses a series of rhythms and tonal intervals rather than shouting to get students’ attention) has made a practically significant change and infused musical intelligence across the curriculum."

MI and Testing
"One of the major challenges to implementing MI approaches is a testing or what academics refer to as a ‘performance’ culture. This is especially relevant in the UK with the GCSEs and the OECD’s worldwide PISA comparison examination. Indeed, one MI educator remarked “the further students are from university entrance exams, the better MI is practised”. There is hope, however!

At the Key School in Indiana, the national and state tests don’t get in the way of implementing MI-based curricula and they consistently exceed testing expectations. At the famous Wellington College in England, Headmaster Dr. Anthony Seldon says on the welcome page “I believe in multiple intelligences” and in 2010 this school received a record-breaking 93.2% A*- B grades at the A Level, and 63% of A*- A. In China, famous for its testing culture, schools using MI Theory have been challenging the dominant testing regime. Chinese teachers have published over 4,000 MI articles since 2003, and Happy Hoi-Ping Cheung hosts a weekly radio show “MI Parents Time” reaching 25,000,000 Chinese listeners. Many of China’s best-performing schools ranging from the Ivy pre-school (ranked 6th) to the Beijing Institute of Education (ranked 1st) are supporting the MI Institute, which has also developed a Teacher Certification programme and online courses for teachers who are ready for the next level of learner-centred education."

Learn More at The Multiple Intelligences Institute

Josh (and Mike) is (are) interested in hearing your stories, learning from your best practices, and building a network of MI Educators across the UK. If you believe in learner-centred education and want to learn from and with the best then there's a excellent online training opportunity from the Global MI Institute. Please drop Josh an email to register for a course, join the network or to find out more.

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New Resources:

This is a lesson design tool that combines Multiple Intelligences with Bloom's Thinking Taxonomy. It helps you to choose an activity that matches pupils' learning and thinking styles.

Rich Task Thinking

Rich Task Thinking A Thinking Skills Tools that combines Bloom's Taxonomy with Gardner's intelligences to provide 54 different ways to engage pupils with learning.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Planning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Planning Multiple Intelligences Lesson Design Bloom's Taxonomy
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Mike's Books:

Books to help you with Multiple Intelligences:

Multiple Intelligences in Practice
by Mike Fleetham

Multiple Intelligences in Practice<br>by Mike Fleetham Book giving a clear introduction to multiple intelligences for all age groups. Addresses differentiation, inclusion, engagement and personalised learning through a single coherent philosophy. Gives you concrete examples and case studies of MI in school and shows how MI principles can help you improve the quality of teaching and learning.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Multiple Intelligences, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Multiple Intelligences CPD

Multiple Intelligences - Pocket Pal
by Mike Fleetham

Multiple Intelligences - Pocket Pal <br> by Mike Fleetham A Book that provides an introduction to the theory of Multiple Intelligences and demonstrates the benefits of using this tool for teaching learners of all ages. Multiple Intelligences (MI) is a powerful tool for enriching your teaching and developing your learners' talents. The book also shows how easily MI can be included in your teaching.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Multiple Intelligences, Any Subject, Educators


Additional Resources:

Updated Smart Thinking Skills Tools:

Updated tool from March 2006:

Three simple prompts to enrich pupil thinking. Use as a starter, mid-lesson break or plenary.

QCI Thinking

QCI Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple 3-stage prompt for reflecting on learning that's just happened and linking it to next experiences.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Assessment, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assessment Plenary Questioning
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Free Online MI Assessment

Free Online MI Assessment Starting points for thinking about Multiple Intelligences profiles.
Categories: Websites, Multiple Intelligences, Psychology, Assessment

Tags: Learning Style

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner Prof. Howard Gardner’s official website. This page includes .pdf downloads of book extracts and articles.

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Categories: Websites, Multiple Intelligences, Psychology

Tags: Thought Leader

The MIDAS Assessment

The MIDAS Assessment The detailed Multiple Intelligences assessment created by Dr Branton Shearer.

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Categories: Websites, Multiple Intelligences, Assessment

Tags: Learning Style



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Wise Words:

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.  "
Woodrow Wilson

Next month we think about Outstanding Lesson Design.