Student Inventory Card

For our first week in class, we are busy identifying the kind of “learners” that we are. Students will get to take a few quizzes to discover the ways they best learn and interact with others. To show what we learned, students will be making a “Student Inventory Card (SIC),” which will contain this information. Students wiill recieve more information about the actual card tomorrow.

Most students have identified what Learning Style and Personality Type they are, and we have done this this with the quizzes below. With them, I will put a brief description of both categories, along with a link to the on-line quizzes students took. Simply click each link to see what the students did.

If you are a student, both quizzes are now located here. Learning Styles is the one with the colorful graph, and was also shorter. The Personality Temperament was longer (70 questions) with lots of big words.

Learning Styles: This uses the Mulitple Intelligences theory, identifying the 8 major “kinds of smart” that students are. Students find out what their areas of strength are, as well as weaknesses. This has been the most interesting so far.

Personality Type: Students find out which of the 4 Personality “types” they have. This is important to teaching them the basic idea that we’re all different, therefore we act differently. When we work in groups, people are encouraged to understand that some partners may share differences, but also learn that those can be worked around to acheive success. Students will be recieving more information on their personality temperament on Friday. Just a note – most students did not take the online version due to its great length. We completed a much shorter, though less comprehensive, though far easier version in class today.


2nd and 4th Period Only!

If you did NOT finish or print today’s Quiz, you may do so at home. Be sure to write the Code from the results, and to print and bring in those results!

What Learning Style Are You?

There are Eight Intelligences, or “kinds of smart,” and those that you score highest in determine which intelligence you are best at. These are the Eight Learning Styles. Students are more likely to succeed when working in their areas of strength, which are typically their highest 2 or 3. The Intelligences are:

Bodily-Kinaestetic: These students excel at physical activities, like sports or dance. These students are also successful at building things and associating learned material with physical movement. Think dancers, comedians, builders, and artists.

Interpersonal: These students excel when interacting with other students and are usually extroverts. Usually, Interpersonal learners understand others’ emotions and are empathetic. Think politicians (in theory, maybe not practice!), social workers, and managers.

Verbal-Linguistic: These students excel when reading, writing, and memorizing dates or lists. They learn best by taking notes, debating, discussing, and listening to lectures. They also pick up foreign languages easier. Think lawyers, philosophers/thinkers, teachers, and writers.

: These students excel when when recognizing patterns, reasoning, make abstract observations, games like sudoku, and usually in math and/or science. Think doctors, mathematicians, and scientists.

Naturalistic: These students excel outdoors and when working with nature. Think farmers, gardeners, conservationists, park rangers, and some scientists.

Intrapersonal: These students excel when working alone, due to being introverts. These students are great at reflection and are usually great at identifying their emotions and feelings. Think theologians and writers.

: These students excel when using visuals. Spatial students usually find more success when visually manipulating material (mind maps, lists, word searches) and visually studying the construction of material. Think engineers, architects and artists.

Musical: These students excel when using music to learn. While these students are more talented in identifying sounds, thereby playing instruments better, they are also great listening learners (lectures, speeches, books on tape). These students usually use some kind of rhythm or even song when studying and learning. Think musicians, singers and composers.

While these intelligences help us identify how our students and children learn, it is important to note that several of these overlap, and result in shared characteristics. Students do not have ONE intelligence, but instead have a strength. Intelligent students should be strong in many, while the average person has several strong intelligences. I instruct students to recognize what they are gifted and good at, and work to those strengths when selecting projects and activities in school. However, students are ALL capable of achieving in all areas and in all forms of work. These don’t create excuses, but find strengths. Students should be accountable to work from their strengths and also to improve weaknesses.

Online Access to Texbook

Hello Parents and Students!

Our textbook will be available online this year. You’ll get your real textbook, too, but this should help when you forget yours at school or whenever you’re away and need it. Visit this site, which you should bookmark. Its also listed in my “Links” to the right.

You’ll have to register, so use these codes once you get your schedules and find out what classes of mine you are in. Copy and past them into the boxes once they ask you.

2nd Period – 3D033F51D8930620C3DE
4th Period – 9C16DB5EBDF21765C36B
5th Period – BE54AA23579C15EE80CA
6th Period – 63DC39C0843595DD2C7F
7th Period – 595229B826488A92D30F
8th Period – B3861547408C0238D655

This site allows you to search by page, print pages, or to just read off the computer screen. They have other “things” on the site, which I won’t use, but feel free to use yourselves. Most information is found on THIS blog, the homework hotline, or in my classroom. They do have a useful encyclopedia, thesaurus, dictionary, and almanac you may use for any school work, not just mine.

We will, however, use this site for some components of the Constitution Unit, which includes online Quizzes.