Temple Grandin, the highly respect activist known for her contributions to the Autism community and animal rights, speaks at Ted Talks about the world’s need for different thinkers. She shares her experience of not receiving the right instruction due to the wrong modality, but when that changes, so does her world. You’ll be motivated, inspired, and even find yourself laughing with Grandin as she teaches you about the types of minds in the world.
Caroline Mukisa, a Cambridge University educate math teacher, compiles this list of the best ways certain types of learners can grasp mathematical concepts. Mukisa’s list can help teachers play with modality variety, but also teach students different ways to study at home. I really appreciated how specific Mukisa was in her examples.
Roger McDonald discusses how powerful kinesthetic modality is in his practice. He opens this video with the example of imaging hot coal in one hand, and comparing how the other, empty hand feels. McDonald illustrates how using the kinesthetic modality allows a person to get in touch with a subject, particularly emotional ones. I think this is a great example of using the imagination and analysis to get students to make a connection to the material.
Dr. Fred Jones explains how teaching with perform explains how teaching with performance encourages students to “do” the concept of your lesson in order to learn it. Dr. Jones also explains that there are limits, especially with cognitive overload. He gives a great example of actors in show business, citing there are obvious reasons they don’t do six matinees a day. I like the point that active (as opposed to passive) students have reduced learning and behavioral problems since they are engaged.
Jordan Shapiro’s 2014 article for KQED.org explores how teachers can incorporate video games into curriculum to get real results. Shapiro’s article illustrates the different roles a video game takes on with respect to multiple modalities. You can see how both universal and versatile video games can be for all modalities, and multiple intelligence learners. I loved to see Shapiro bridge video games with education!
Expert and teacher Tenley Hardin presents this eHow video on her Poetry Unit Fair, where students of multiple intelligences can choose the modality in which they complete their final project. Hardin shares some of the fantastic projects she’s seen, from songwriting to mathematical poetry composition. I love how Hardin balances structure in the objectives while giving students of different intelligences the opportunity to shine and excel.
The Center for Student Learning at Addlestone Library complies this list of the four different modalities. For each modality, it lists both the best students and situations for it. I was most interested in the tactile preference for middle and high school students, mostly because they need some hands-on activities to accompany lectures. I can see teachers using this to pick more than one modality for the same lesson!
Phil Wilder’s strategy guide at ReadWriteThink, “Teaching with Multiple Modalities” inspires this entire collection. Wilder explains the importance of utilizing multiple modalities, so students can access curriculum in more than one way. There are lesson plans as well as examples of varied modalities. I love the idea of using more visual strategies, especially 3D ones.