Many of you will be familiar with the classic group initiative Helium Stick. It’s one of those deceptively simple tasks that it actually very difficult…
It is no secret that we all learn in different ways. Wouldn’t it also make sense that we process experiences in different ways as well?
In his book, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Thomas Armstrong suggests that there are a variety of styles by which individuals come to grasp information, and in fact, learn. He identified eight styles or talents (they are listed below).
While outside the arena of multiple intelligences, some additional styles or talents have also been proposed, and include such topics as emotional intelligence, humor, mechanical aptitude and religious influences and spirituality.
Multiple intelligence theory provides a template for creating processing activities that incorporate each intelligence. I challenge you to think about your debriefing techniques, and group them into the eight categories of multiple intelligences. Do they focus on only a portion of the multiple intelligence methods available? Are you including each learning style in your sequencing of activities? Evaluate which technique is lacking and then look for new activities to include each of the various forms of intelligence.
Here are some examples from each of the eight multiple intelligences.
Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, 2000, Thomas Armstrong, ASCD Alexandria, Virginia USA ISBN 0-87120-376-6 This is an excellent ‘template’ for designing your own curriculum with multiple possibilities for reviewing and learning in different ways.
A Teachable Moment, A Facilitators Guide to Activities for Processing, Debriefing, Reviewing, and Reflection. Cain, Cummings, and Stanchfield. This book has over 130 different processing and debriefing techniques.
This article about different learning styles was reprinted with permission, by Michelle Cummings, Training Wheels.
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