Among the habits of highly effective teachers is “adaptability”. They know that effective teaching is a one-to-one relationship with each student, and that these relationships must, per force, occur concurrently in classrooms with anywhere from twenty to thirty-five students. Effective teachers know that it takes more than one method to fully engage their students, more than a single approach or list of time-honored “creative ideas”, especially in today’s post-industrial, multicultural society. Effective teachers understand that each student brings to the educational environment their own set of attitudes, habits, and proficiencies. They know that those teaching methods deemed “most effective” are those that take into account the Multiple Intelligence approach in a progressive and culturally-aware manner.
Teachers, Activity Coordinators, Special Program Administrators, and Academic and Athletic Coaches at the K12 level can incorporate any number of creative ideas into their individual teaching approach, and thus involving both students and families more directly (and proactively) in the student’s educational success. When approached with an eye to Multiple Intelligence exclusivity, the lesson plan becomes more than a set of notes, lists, and resource reminders; it develops into a fully-dimensional, multi-pronged staging ground from that promotes “adaptability” at its core. We will discuss below four different areas in which today’s teachers can incorporate multimedia resources to enhance Multiple Intelligence learning.
Multimedia Approach for Aural Learning
Many teachers, particularly if they are not “tech savvy” or early adopters on their own, hold the mistaken belief that allowing students to bring personally-owned devices into the classroom is counter-productive – something that should never, under any circumstance, be allowed. They would prefer that students leave the smartphones, tablets, and mp3 players at home; they see no use for these “disruptive” devices in the educational environment.
Instead, effective teachers choose to incorporate these devices into their lesson design to enhance learning for students who are primarily aurally attuned. Creative ideas in this arena include educational podcasts or teacher-recorded lectures. These allow hearing-directed learners to receive information in the manner that best allows them to process the lesson details into long-term memory, rather than losing out because the “tried-n-true” methods are sight-oriented.
Here are a few resources for Hearing-directed multimedia:
Multimedia Approach for Kinetic Learning
Touch-directed learners require a different multimedia approach than the traditional classroom offers, too. Where mp3 players are perfect for Aural Learners, tablets will be the device of choice for Kinetic Learners, as touch-based applications (or, “apps”) allow these learners to benefit from the “touch mnemonics” that aid them best.
Here are a few resources for Touch-directed multimedia:
Multimedia Approach for Visual Learning
Sight-directed learners are the lucky students who benefit the most from traditional classroom methods, but there are many ways that teachers can incorporate educational multimedia that fully utilizes the “on-the-go” nature of today’s personal technology to help these students even more. Video lectures and presentations allow Visual Learners to take full advantage of today’s most prevalent devices.
Here are a few resources for Sight-directed multimedia:
Multimedia Approach for Whole Family Involvement in the Educational Process
Reaching out and getting families involved in the educational process is one of the toughest challenges that today’s teachers face. This difficulty can be alleviated by making use of social media websites and other creative ideas that reinforce Multiple Intelligence learning techniques by acting as a bridge between the home and educational environments. In this way, teachers remove some of the obstacles to effective learning that students faced in the past, while allow parents to keep up with educational progress and schedules in a way that promotes healthy communication between the student, parents, teachers, and other professionals directly involved with individual student welfare.
Here are a few resources for Whole Family Involvement:
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