Week 1 and 2
July 6, 2003 - July 19, 2003
Date of the Work: Thursday, July 17, 2003
Description of the Task
To discover what my personal Multiple Intelligences, and how that
knowledge can be used to further my teaching performance. I completed
online MI questionnaire and survey.
What Happened/ Reflection
What did you discover?
My LDRC Profile
- Linguistic 25
- Mathematics 29
- Visual/Spatial 35
- Body/Kinesthetic 39
- Music 26
- Interpersonal 32
- Intrapersonal 43
Using Felder’s Learning
Styles and Strategies to interpret my results,
I found that I am balanced across the eight multiple Intelligences with
linguistic and music being the lowest at 25, 26 while Intrapersonal was
the highest at 43.
Are you surprised at your findings?
I took one of these MI several years ago. At that time my Intrapersonal
and Body /Kinesthetic scores were much lower. However I was not surprised
by these findings because I have been attempting to increase my range
of Intelligences over the last several years by pursuing modalities that
I was weak in. The results I obtained in this survey indicate I have
been having some success in this. Though I should point out that a true
profile of MI would require a wider range of questions in that many of
the questions I had to answer no or yes too I knew were inaccurately
portraying that particular Intelligence, while another related activity
would have allowed an answer indicating strength in that area.
Would you be surprised at your student's answers?
I have over the last several years attempted to introduce as many MI
modalities as possible into my teaching and have developed a better understanding
of their use and preference by my students. That being said a survey
like this would be useful in that sometimes I find my own MI preferences
sometimes “cloud’ my perception of my student’s MI. As indicated above,
the narrow limit of questions in the Inventory affected our results,
so we should keep in mind the questions or activities that we base our
assumptions of our student’s MI on.
Reflection on Christine Doody’s MI Lesson Plan
Christine’s posting was an excellent example of her
personal MI preference. She said “I will also confess that I do have
a silly song that I sing
when creating letters! While it
is silly, it does reemphasis the main points of a letter and I have
actually heard students singing it while trying to creating a letter!!
I love your letter song idea and it’s just that way teachers creatively
use MI! Here are a few thoughts to extend this Lesson Plan to other modalities.
Interpersonal: you could have the students do individual letters and
then form a group to discuss the various letter criteria you have shown
them or they could initially brainstorm their own criteria that they
could then develop themselves into a rubric for evaluating their letter?
As an assignment they could act out a letter (Body/Kinesthetic) they
wrote or develop a scenario to act out where one of the components of
the letter was missing and the complications that might arise?
Summary of Learning
Would this impact on your choices for teaching and technology? How?
It would and has impacted on my choices for teaching and technology.
I have for several years adopted a constructivist teaching philosophy
that attempts to engage as many MI modalities as possible and whenever
I find a student with particular difficulties in learning any given assignment
I will search for and engage other MI modalities to find one the student
is more successful in using. I also have found that integrating technology
into the curriculum more naturally engages more modalities given the
multi-media requirements of the cooperative project centered lesson plans
that I use in my classroom.
One example from the course where I incorporated my new knowledge of
MI was my Intelplay QX3
Digital Microscope – Magnification & Seed
Lesson Plan. I thought the MI component would extend student learning
so I decided to make a full lesson plan that could eventually be
added to NS Learning Interchange Site so others
could use it.