Class 2 Multiple Intelligences and Mindsets

Greeting Announcements

Big Brother/Big Sister AMERICA READs/MATHs count as TEAMS tutoring hours;
You will sign up during sites today
for the America Reads training if you are working K-8.

Teams class is a 1-2-3 workshop format w/35 min activities weekly.
A site coordinator is w/each group during the rotations. Introduce site coordinator.

6 pm Site Meetings to 6:30

Multiple Intelligences......................Mindsets......................
Don't Prevent Student Mistakes: Prepare for Them..........




Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, My Wonderful World, NPR
If we seek tutoring, take lessons, devise strategies on our own, we will practice and this will increase our skills. Avoid, complain about or ignore ways to improve competencies guarantees no change in present conditions and attitudes.

part 1 ends at 4:20

Struggle for Smarts? How Eastern and Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Don't Prevent Student Mistakes: Prepare for Them

PUZZLE SHEETS and Hoola Hoops

Middle puzzle attempt alone: all other puzzles done in trios

Class 2: Multiple Intelligences and Mindsets 1-2-3 time activities
FAT city- perception, Bobby Mcfarren, multiple intelligence quizzes, A Walk Back in Time

1. Sharon and 2 more- A Walk Back in Time
conversation in groups of images or activities that teach the amount of time that life has been a feature of the planet Earth.
table timeline: objects and signs arranged on the table in the order of appearance on Earth.

A Walk Back in Time: where might we stand to be at the beginning of life on Earth?
Top layer of paint on the John Hancock building as the beginning of human existence.

Eric Idle's song about the universe

What were the different intelligences used in this activity and how might they appeal to different learners than the classroom timeline?

2. Multiple Intelligences: What types of intelligences or learning styles do most schools teach to and favor in classroom learning experiences? Are we the people who found this teaching and learning most easy to do?
Break into threes to discuss this. Here's teacher who uses non-traditional intelligences in his teachings. (Show the first video)

Opener: Bobby McFarren
Why was Bobby McFarren's methods of teaching so effective?

If you were a musical learner or a bodily-kinesthetic learner this method of teaching may have worked well for you. But maybe some of you are not quite sure of your intelligences. This brings us to our next activity.
Acitivity: Multiple Intelligence quizzes

Now keeping your newly discovered intelligences in mind, lets take a look at this video on perception, filmed by a group called FAT City.
Closer: FAT city Perception

What did this video on perception show you about how learners learn and how teachers tend to teach? Blaming the victim is not the right way to go. It is up to the teacher to search for new ways to present information to the student in a way that suits the student's learning style.

3. Mindsets: How do we learn and increase our skills (improve our performance) at whatever we do?
Opener: How many of us want(ed) to be acrobats when we were kids? Sesame Street's acrobatic school

How do we learn new skills now? What do we need to do?
Activity: Hula Hooping Can we tutor hula hooping?

Closer: Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset when it comes to hula hooping? How about when learning math and reading in elementary school? If you had a coach or a tutor, do you think this mindset would have changed?


  • Multiple Intelligences requires knowledge of many ways to teach academic content.

What can you have with you for tutoring math?
colored pencils, markers, pocket full of change, small objects (bag o macaroni or beans or stones as a personal calculator), colored paper or an interesting sized notebook--things to draw the attention of the student
What can you have for tutoring reading, writing, English?
online dictionary? apps? interesting sticky notes to record info., colored pencils, markers, colored papers, interesting notebooks
--things to draw the attention of the student
  • Affirm or praise effort, not answers; effort enables students to persevere, focus & be curious.

  • Build a GROWTH MINDSET every tutoring time as this is key to future successful learning.
What were folks' thoughts viewing the 5th graders working on problems and hearing adults' different ways of supporting them--praising efforts, "u really tried!" or saying, "u r smart."

  • Affirm mistakes as being useful, necessary, and worthwhile, in fact, essential to learners.

  • How did you feel as you made mistakes today with puzzles and hoola hoops?
Were you surprised by how mistakes turned out to be products that we use?
How have mistakes helped you learn something?
The fifth grade drummer uses mistakes to learn, as do all musicians.