Practice & Application

Assignment 4 EDLR 474 A03

My memorable college course: Howard Gardners Multiple Intelligences Theory at Lesley College

This theory has emerged from cognitive research and "documents the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways," according to Gardner (1991). According to this theory, "we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences - the so-called profile of intelligences -and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains."

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According to Vogt, research has shown that teachers must provide a greater amount of time in which students are speaking to each other, interacting withe teacher and among themselves. Teachers must create lessons where students are interacting wit each other throughout the day.
This program helped me to realize that teaching isn't all about me. Teaching is about introducing concepts and objectives and guiding students into meaningful interaction with me and peers that allows them to practice skills and demonstrate knowledge of the skill.

Memorable events and learning styles used


Each course of the Howard Garner Program was memorable because we were able to use all of our senses during each class. We were able to create art any many forms to carry out different tasks, and solve problems. Each course in the program was beneficial for in helping teachers understand that our classrooms have students on many learning levels and who learn through different strengths. My favorite memories were as follows:
* Story Telling : Retelling our favorite short story with hand made props
* Writing poetry about our environment that we heard and observed
*Art Gallery with art we created using drawing, painting, photography, 3 D work, to respond to questions about our society
*Creating Science dioramas
*Creating Science, Math, Language Arts workbooks that were publishable
*Writing a children's short story or picture book

Echevarria, Vogt, Short 2013

Effective SIOP teachers understand the need to create many opportunities for English Learners to practice all four language processes in an integrated manner. Throughout the day these teachers offer their students varied experiences such as:
  1. linking oral discussions of essential questions to reading selections
  2. Structuring interaction with peers
  3. Guiding students to use sentence starters and signal words
  4. Providing students with the chance to listen and react to peers' ideas
  5. Asking students to write about what is being learned

Lesson I've taught that provided opportunities for ELL's to practice all 4 language domains

The importance of linking Practice & Application activities to the learning objective

For students acquiring a new language, the need to apply new information is critically important because discussing and "doing" make the abstract concepts more concrete. We must remember that we learn best by involving ourselves in relevant, meaningful application of what we are learning.
Echevarria, Vogt, Short 2013