In this installment of my series on Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, we’re going to explore the musical intelligence and how to identify it in yourself and others. Ask yourself the following questions: Is it easier for you or your child to remember things when they are sung to a tune? Is it easier to [...]
I recently came across this story for the first time in many years. It had a profound impact on me when I first read it, and I believe this story can help others as well. It’s part of the introduction from The Lakota Way: Stories & Lessons for Living, by Joseph M. Marshall III, and [...]
Disciplining children is tricky business, and parents often find it helpful to integrate tips from teachers who have been around the block. Although parents and classroom teachers work with kids in different contexts, the same behavior management techniques can be used to great effect. The following is an article from parenting.com, and offers helpful ideas [...]
Does your child enjoy learning more when it involves physical activity? Body-smart learners enjoy hands-on activities that incorporate movement. In my experience, this includes every student I’ve ever worked with! In the last post of this series about Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, we learned how to identify characteristics of the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. [...]
~ Bill Watterson I love this one. Fresh, new, a world full of possibilities waiting to be explored… What a great way to meet each day. May everyone in the path of the east coast blizzard be warm, safe & with people you love!
Biological anthropologist Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., wrote an excellent article for parents about the cognitive benefits of play in children that I’ve got to share. It is clear, well-articulated, and based on solid and fully-referenced scientific evidence. To cut to the chase, here is what Dr. Dewar found: Play is crucial to the healthy development of [...]
~ Bill Watterson For some students, academic survival is exactly as Calvin portrays it here: Keep other people’s expectations low so it’s easier to impress your parents when you do well, and easier to avoid confrontation or consequences when you come home with a C. If you think about it, I’m sure you’ll come up [...]