Brain Matter

We tallied the 7th grade today to find totals in each of the Multiple Intelligences.  This is what we came up with:

Bodily-Kinaestetic: 61 (16% of all 7th graders list this in their top 3)

Interpersonal: 96 (21%)

Verbal-Linguistic: 30 (7%)

Logical-Mathmatical: 36 (8%)

Naturalistic: 46 (10%)

Intrapersonal: 67 (15%)

Visual-Spatial: 50 (11%)

Musical: 64 (14%)

I’ll use this data to vary my teaching methods with each class period.  Some vary dramatically from others.  5th Period, for example, is roughly 25% each of Body, People and Music Smart, and 5% of each of the remainder!  I’m very glad I tallied the per-class differences, as I can quantify how different each one is.  We, as teachers, always know that each class is different, but a quantified measure of that is very interesting, and helpful.

If you’re curious about your son/daughter’s results, check out their (green) Student Inventory Sheet that went home today.  They’ll be able to share with you.

Additionally, we spent class today explaining how each group can use their learning style to better understand their


First Quiz – Friday, September 3

Our first quiz will be on Friday, 9/3.  It will be over our States and Capitals… all 100 (50 states, 50 capitals).  I strongly recommend that students play the games we began playing this week.  On Monday, we’ll fold our Multiple Intelligences and our Geographic Literacy together and find away to effectively study.  In the meantime, students should study and familiarize themselves with as much as possible.  Big quiz in 7 days!

How Does Your Brain Work?

Thursday we will identify the kind of “learners” that we are. Students will take a quiz to discover the ways they best learn and interact with others. To show what we learned, students will be making a “Student Inventory Sheet (SIS),” which will contain this information.  Both the students and I will have a copy to reference throughout the year.  Understanding the way we learn is crucial. It helps us feel comfortable and succeed in school by choosing the appropriate partners, projects and study habits. Later, this knowledge becomes an important factor in deciding our careers. Starting to identify ourselves now has been very helpful to students, not to mention a little fun.

Take the Learning Styles Quiz Here: This uses the Multiple Intelligences theory (Howard Gardner), 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.  This is what your test result should look like. (That’s Mr. Little’s from 2008) (Here’s another one from 2010:)

These are the Eight Intelligences, or “kinds of smart. ” Those that you score highest in determine which intelligence you are best at. 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 (Body Smart): 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 (People Smart): 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 (Word Smart): 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.

Logical-Mathematical (Number Smart): 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 (Nature Smart): These students excel outdoors and when working with nature. Think farmers, gardeners, conservationists, park rangers, and some scientists.

Intrapersonal (Myself Smart): 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.

Visual-Spatial (Picture Smart): 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 (Music Smart): 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.

Here is a printable copy of above:

Here is what the students completed following their quiz:

American Geography Games

I’ll blog a little later/more on Geography literacy later, but here’s some games go get students started tomorrow.

The Most Popular (amongst parents, too): Name all 50 states as fast as you can.

Accurately place the state capitals in their correct locations.

This is another version of Game #2, dragging states into their correct places. A very tough one, but gets easier when you’ve placed 10 states or so.

The simplest of state ID games, but annoying as states are sloppily drawn, making identification sometimes unfair and inaccurate.

This is by National Geographic, and you can test your knowledge of all countries, continents and states/provinces throughout the world. Might be tougher on slooooow computers.

Another great game – you need to draw each state, identify it, and name its capital. Lots of different learners should like it – and learn from it!

Finally, a completely new game that not only requires identification of a state, but also asks you to type in the capital name, too.

And if you’re not having an easy time thinking “you can do it,” check out this kid. Many of you lose any valid excuse when a kid can’t even dress himself knows all his states and capitals. We’ll do capitals later, but the example stills stands. And he even eats while doing it!

Can you speculate (guess) what Multiple Intelligence these videos may relate to?

Open Gym/Intramural Dates

We’ll hold intramurals on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 9/8 – 7:00-7:45AM (New Gym)
  • Wednesday 9/15 – 7:00-7:45AM (New Gym)
  • Thursday 9/16 – 3:00-4:00 (Old Gym)
  • Wednesday 9/22 – 7:00-7:45AM (New Gym)
  • Thursday 9/23 – 3:00-4:00 (Old Gym)
  • Wednesday 9/29 – 7:00-7:45AM (New Gym)
  • Wednesday 10/6– 7:00-7:45AM (New Gym)
  • Thursday 10/7 – 3:00-4:00 (Old Gym)
  • Wednesday 10/13 – 7:00-7:45AM (New Gym)
  • Thursday 10/14 – 3:00-4:00 (Old Gym)
  • Wednesday 10/20 – 7:00-7:45AM (New Gym)

These Open Gyms/Intramurals will feature a combination of skill instruction and small-sided games.  Sign up outside Mr. Little’s room, Mrs. Maass’ room, or in the Locker Room.  Sign up for as many as you want, and get your friends to join.  Let’s fill them up!

Getting Started @ Lakeview

A few things as we begin:

  • Open Gyms will be held in groups of no more than 6.  Girls can sign up for morning or afternoon sessions.  See the sign-ups outside Mr. Little or Mrs. Maass’ rooms, as well as the girls locker room.  All girls are strongly recommended to sign up if they’d like to continue to improve!
  • Sunday League registration will be up soon!

Are you waiting for the season to begin, or preparing for it?  Both JV and Varsity teams have the potential to be very, very good.  Let’s get ready for it!