Enrichment Study Group

Classroom Procedures and Unit One

What is ESG?

ESG is an abbreviation for Enrichment Study Group. Enrichment Study Group meets once a week. This class provides your child with enrichment beyond the 4th grade curriculum. During this time we will work on integrated academic units and the social and emotional side of students.

Challenges of the Month

Every month students in my groups have the OPTION of completing different challenges. There will always be one math challenge, one word challenge, and one spatial and/or logic challenge. For each challenge students correctly complete and turn in by month's end his or her name will be entered into a drawing for a small prize. This is not meant to be stressful. This is "challenge by choice" -students who are looking for more challenge can work on tough problems and have a chance for positive reinforcement.

About Multiple Intelligence

For the first month of ESG, we are learning about Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligence. Dr. Gardner believes there are different ways of being "smart." We all have natural tendencies or a certain way of thinking/learning may be easier for us than others. In class, students are figuring out which of the eight intelligences are their strength area(s). Then they are applying this knowledge to real life situations and deciding the strength area of successful people in different arenas of life. They will complete a final project teaching someone else about one of the intelligences.

The great news is that we can strengthen ALL the intelligences within ourselves with awareness and effort!

Here are brief explanations of the eight intelligences (loosely taken from You're Smarter Than You Think by Thomas Armstrong.)

Logical Intelligence (Number Smart): You are logic smart if you understand numbers and math concepts easily, enjoy finding patterns, and easily see how cause and effect works in science. You may enjoy riddles and playing games that use strategy. You might be interested in how computers work, creating secret codes, and solving mysteries.

Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart): You are word smart if you like words and the way they can be used in reading, writing, and speaking. You may enjoy playing word games, be a poet or writer, a super speller, a bookworm, an excellent storyteller, a compelling debater, or a whiz at learning languages.

Visual/Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart): Spatial Intelligence is often about learning and thinking in pictures. You may have a good memory for faces and places and notice little details that other people overlook. You might have a strong sense of how objects relate to each other in a given space (example: be able to rearrange your room in your mind). You are good at reading maps and taking things apart and putting them back together again.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart): Body smart means you learn and think with your body. You use your body to express yourself or your skills. You may be an athlete or you may use your body to dance or act. You may have more interest in using your hands to do things like sculpture, building, mechanics, fixing things, knitting and sewing, magic tricks, or crafts.

Musical Intelligence (Music Smart): You REALLY like music. You hear rhythm, melody, and patterns in music. You most likely enjoy singing, playing music, listening to music, or attending concerts. You may write your own songs, play an instrument, and hear music in the sounds of daily life.

Naturalist Intelligence (Nature Smart): If you are nature smart you are curious about and understand the environment you live in. You notice what is around you and enjoy identifying things like plants and animals. You might be a weather buff, a rock hound, or a stargazer. You may be able tell the difference and classify various trees, plants, animals, birds, bugs, clouds, stars, etc. You are most likely comfortable in the outdoors doing things like camping, boating, gardening, and hiking.

Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart): You like people and can express it in different ways. You enjoy working, learning with, and helping people. You have a good understanding of how people are feeling, what they need or want, and why they do what they do. You enjoy making friends and work well in lots of different groups of people. You might lead a club or organization, help others get along, inspire others to get involved with a cause, or organize events for family or friends.

Intrapersonal Intelligence (Self Smart): When you are self smart, you know yourself. You are aware of your feelings and can set goals, learn from past experiences, and understand your strengths and weaknesses. You might keep a journal, create a play for the future, reflect on your life, or be interested in psychology. By learning about multiple intellegence we are increasing our self smarts!

Photo From Tuesday ESG

Each student put his or her name on one-two strength inteligences. Look at all our different strengths! Thank goodness we are all different or life would be so boring.
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Students took a paper and pencil inventory at school. They may enjoy taking this one at home to see how the results compare. They will also enjoy knowing what are their parents' strengths.

Please contact me with any questions!

Shannon Hunt, AIG Specialist, Claxton Elementary

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