Developing Multiple Intelligence – Learning Styles (MI-LS) – Integrated Lesson/Unit
The following steps given by Harvey F. Silver, et al. is coined in the acronym IDEAS:
  1. Identify the type of lesson you wish to teach and specific standard(s), outcome(s), and objective(s) you want to address. In this step ask self these questions:

  a. Am I developing a lesson:
  i. Using learning styles and multiple intelligences to achieve specific content objectives?
  ii. Focused on the development of particular styles or intelligences?
  b. Am I developing a lesson:
  i. That’s part of a year – long curricular theme?
  ii. To teach a specific objective?
  iii. To address a specific student need (i.e. for a student educational plan)?

  2. For each intelligence, develop a list of possible learning opportunities for students to achieve your objective(s). In this step, ask yourself the following question:

(V) How can I incorporate word, writing, listening, discussion, language?
(L) How can I incorporate calculation, problem –solving, reasoning, math?
(S) How can I incorporate art, video, graphic organizers, icon colors?
(B) How can I incorporate manipulative, hands – on learning, use of body?
(M) How can I incorporate music, musicality, beat, lyrics, and sounds?
(P) How can I incorporate cooperative learning, partnership, role playing?
(I) How can I incorporate emotion, reflection, self – assessment?
(N) How can I incorporate interactions with the natural world?

  3. Examine alternatives and select the most appropriate activities to achieve your learning goals. Harvey gives an example.
Examples of MI activities
Examples of a 3rd grade teacher’s intelligence activities for a punctuation unit. |
V | Explain uses of punctuation marks. Practice using each type in writing. Edit a text. |
L | “Why do we need punctuation marks?” Classifying sentences. |
S | Visual organizer. Icons and symbols.Collage about punctuation marks. |
M | Rap...

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