“It’s not how smart you are, it’s how you are smart.” Rene Diaz-Lefebrve
Here’s another tool for you to throw in your bag. I used some of these tree ideas after seeing The Lorax as we talked about those pretty Truffula trees. When I plan a learning experience for my children or students, I try to think around the brain and through all levels of thinking. In my diagram, I used two popular theories, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, but there are many other theorists and resources to get your teaching brain buzzing and the theories themselves often grow and change…like a tree.
Higher Level questions and open ended projects are amazing ways to see your child’s personality and gifts shine. Here’s an example of what can happen when we let children lead the way! Knowing Ava has a gift in visual-spatial learning helps me help her with other areas like spelling. Ava has enjoyed building her words on several occasions.
If you’d like more information on Differentiated Learning, I really enjoyed the book for my class (and the class itself!). It’s written by award winning author, teacher, conference speaker, Wendy Conklin, who has a Master’s in Gifted Education. It’s also thin (8 Chapters), aka not overwhelming, but packed with ideas. (I did not get paid to recommend this book)
I like to tell my children, we are all gifted in different ways, which is why we make such a good team!
Here’s to all our gifts, Shelisa