Examining Our Own Teaching Practices: How much classroom time is being taken up by "Teacher Talk?"
Now think of this in terms of your own classroom. Are you teaching to the different intelligences of the students who are sitting in your room or are you primarily teaching to the linguistic?
Thomas Armstrong in his book Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom cites John Goodlad's "A Study in Schooling" project which puts "teacher talk" at taking up "nearly 70 percent of classroom time." Something to ponder as we move forward.
One of the things we would like to explore in this blog is practical strategies for teaching to the multiple intelligences through integrating the arts. They can be simple things like taking a vocabulary lesson and substituting movements that show what the word means rather than simply going over definitions out loud. You'll be amazed at how this energizes the classroom and how well it works. I've seen students quietly doing the movements at their desks during a quiz, and I've seen scores go up using this method.
Keith, Donnie, and I will be posting some strategies that have worked for us, but we also want to learn from you. We need you to post what has worked for you or just some new ideas you want to bounce off the other people reading this blog. So we encourage you to comment often; the more people we can get ideas from, the richer the experience will be for all of us.
Armstrong, T. (2000). Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.