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Differentiated Instruction for Science

28 Nov

Many teachers hear about differentiated instruction frequently during professional development, but often we struggle to apply this to our own subject matter.  If this sounds like you, then check out Access Center.  On this site, you’ll find some tips and examples for various differentiated stratgies, such as choice menus, flexible grouping, tiering, and more.  There is even a page for science (woohoo!).  The site is geared toward K-8, but this will still give you some basic ideas to work from.

Go here to visit Access Center.

What sort of intelligence do you have?

25 Oct

What type of intelligence do you have?

At the Multiple Intelligences site, you can take an online quiz to determine what type of intelligence you possess.

You may be wondering, “Why would I want to do that?”  First of all, it’s just interesting.  Secondly, you might want to consider having your students take the quiz.

Multiple intelligences is an idea based on the observation that some people are better at understanding some things than others.  Some people can easily describe and picture electron orbitals, but those same people may be horrendous artists.  Some people learn music easily but struggle with relating to other people.  Instead of having one intelligence, multiple intelligences theory claims that we have several.  Depending on which research you are looking at, or who you ask, the intelligences are usually something like the following:

Kinesthetic Logical
Interpersonal Intrapersonal
Linguistic Musical
Visual/Spatial Naturalistic

“Ok, so even if I do this, or have my students do it, then what?”

tic tac toe

Tic Tac Toe

Well, now you have a wealth of information about your students.  You have a good idea of where some of their strengths lie and where some of their weaknesses might be.  For example, if you have a class with a large percentage of kinesthetic learners, it would probably be  a good idea to create some lessons involving kinesthetic modeling. 

One easy way of using multiple intelligences in the classroom is to use a Tic-Tac-Toe board (sometimes called a choice board, a dinner menu, an extension menu, Think-Tac-Toe, etc).  A Tic-Tac-Toe board looks like…well, I think you can figure that out.

There are many ways you can use a Tic Tac Toe board in class, but one basic idea is that each student chooses 3 of the activities from the Tic Tac Toe board to get a “tic tac toe”.  Each square caters to one of the multiple intelligences.  (Yes, there are 9, rather than 8, boxes–you can either create a free space, or use an intelligence more than once, etc.  Use your discretion.)

For example, let’s say you are covering genetics.  One of the choices could be writing a poem about a genetic disorder.  Another choice could be role-playing as a genetic counselor.  By giving the students a choice, they are able to choose whatever they are good at/most comfortable with (their type of intelligence), but it also gives them a chance to grow in other areas as well.

So, what is your intelligence

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