Unit 4: Importance of Cross Curricular Projects towards Multiple Intelligences

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Teaching to Multiple Intelligences

Objective: By the end of this unit students will be able to...

- Create a cross curricular project involving multiple intelligences.

- Apply a cross curricular project in order to enhance multiple intelligences


The theory of multiple intelligences has opened the door to many different types of learning situations. To try and involve various intelligences in lessons can be very difficult, so many tend to work together on lessons in order to create cross curricular projects. These projects force students to do work in different areas of education in order to achieve an ultimate solution. Some social studies teachers will collaborate with the English teachers of the same grade to make sure that when students are learning about a topic in history they will also be learning about it in English. Then they will take knowledge from both classes and apply it to a project. Click the weblink to open up a Cross Curriculum Project Guide and in your learning journal answer the questions.[1]

Question: Based on the topic you plan to teach, what subject would you be the most interested in creating a project? How many of the intelligences from Gardner's theory do you believe you could include?

After filling out the Cross Curriculum Project Guide there should be a better idea of what needs to be involved in creating a cross curricular project with multiple intelligences. There are different possible content areas which a teacher can collaborate with to create a project. Usually the most popular content area to collaborate with is language arts, but it depends on the creativity of the teachers. The project creation depends on the objectives that the teachers are attempting to meet. Click on the weblink provided to see a teacher's website of different cross curricular projects she has done. In your learning journal write about one of the project and explain whether that is a project that you would do in your classroom.[2]

As education moves further into the 21st century, new ideas are being put into motion in order to try and improve student learning. As this happens new schools are being built to focus on proven educational strategies. One type of school are project based high schools. These schools are designed to teach students how to work together to solve problems with "real world" solutions. Students are forced to use different intelligences in order to come up with solutions (intrpersonal, interpersonal, logical/mathematical, spatial, and etc.) Some of these schools are in their first year trials and their success and funding will determine whether or not they will continue to run. Some of these schools receive funding from companies in order to train students for the business world. Click on the weblink to open up an article about a project based high school called Tech Valley.[3]

Question: Do you believe a school focused primarily on project based learning will be as successful as a traditional school? Will the students from a project based school be more prepared for the workforce than a traditional student?"

As teachers continue to grow and learn about teaching strategies they tend to find that each individual student is different and ultimately learns differently as well. In order to reach the masses teaches must reach out to different intelligences and help produce the next Mozart, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, or President of the United States. Each of these famous people are great at something different and therefore were not talented in the same area. As a result, teachers should not teach as though everyone is the same.

Learning Journal: Answer the questions through out the unit and complete the web activities in your journal.

Once you have completed this section move on to the Reflection page for the final part of this course:Reflections