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Multiple Intelligences in Practice: Enhancing self-esteem and learning in the classroom Paperback – 13 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Network Continuum Education (13 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855391414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855391413
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.8 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Mike Fleetham is an educational trainer, author and consultant who specializes in the practical infusion of new teaching methods into real classrooms. He was a classroom teacher for 10 years and has been an assistant headteacher in a large inner-city primary school.

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Foreword

Even before Howard Gardner’s conceptualization of the theory of multiple intelligences (MI), good teachers knew that students had many different strengths and ways of learning. Those good teachers modified their curriculum and teaching as they were able, but it was all done rather intuitively. Gardner changed how we view intelligence and how we look at children, but did not provide a strategy for bringing MI to life.

In the nearly 25 years since Gardner’s Frames Of Mind was published, many educators and authors have taken their hand to providing tools and strategies for teachers. Still, there often remain many questions about implementing MI. MI in Practice will definitely help to fill that void. It is an excellent compendium of theory, practice, reflection, suggestions and anecdotes.

In these pages, a teacher shares her experiences of using MI for an entire school year, and other teachers offer case studies. I came away wanting to meet these teachers and wanting to share their ideas with my faculty members. Their experiences, coupled with Mike’s creativity and encompassing view of MI, create a wonderful resource.

Mike notes that his pupils referred to him as ‘intelligence man’, and after reading this book, it is easy to see why. Mike not only understands MI and how it can be used to help students and teachers succeed, he lives MI. By that, I mean that he clearly recognizes that we are all unique, and he reflects that appreciation in his attitudes and practices. His approach is not prescriptive in any way but filled with suggestions for how to work with students and their parents.

To be fair, Mike also recognizes the realities that teachers face each day. Children don’t always come to school ready to learn; parents aren’t always supportive and understanding; school administrators can be rigid and critical. And, oh yes, the government seems overly focused on percentiles. Given this context, implementing MI can be a challenge. Yet it is precisely because of this context that MI can be such a wonderful tool. MI is not a panacea, but it can bring life and success to every classroom.

This book demystifies both what MI is and how it can be used. It provides concrete examples and, at the same time, serves as a bit of a cheerleader for the reader. A practising educator, Mike knows that it is harder to ‘do’ MI than to describe it. These pages are full of examples, some self-effacing humour and lots of encouragement. Perhaps Mike’s attitude can be summed up in his statement, MI is ‘your potential to think, act, solve problems and create valuable things in eight and a half (nine) different, equally valuable ways’. As set out in this book, MI is more than an add-on or something to be done this week or this month; rather, MI becomes a new way to look at learners, to think about teaching, and to reflect on our profession.

Tom Hoerr

Tom Hoerr is the Head of the New City School in St Louis, USA, where multiple intelligences theory has been implemented since 1988. He is the author of Becoming a Multiple Intelligences School and The Art of School Leadership (both ASCD). He can be contacted at trhoerr@newcityschool.org.

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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's written in an entertaining, engaging and accessible style. Perhaps even more importantly, it is very practical. This is the big challenge facing many educationalists - Prof Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences has captured our imaginations, but often we lack guidance on how to really put these skills to work. We need practitioners to show us how.

Mike Fleetham's background as a teacher gives him credibility, and the case studies in the book build this credibility still further through their documentation of how MI can really work in the classroom.

I felt motivated to take my own application of Multiple-Intelligences to a deeper level.

The book is also worth the asking price alone for the links and resources it directs the reader to.
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If you want to explore Multiple Intelligences in the classroom at some depth, this is a good book for you. The author is very good at using practical examples of the different techniques in the classroom so that it is accessible and user friendly. I found the different tests helpful for sharing with the children to explore what their preferred intelligence is.
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