So, if you are like me, you have just learned all of these amazing facts about the brain and you are eagerly waiting to implement them into your classroom, but how? Well, my suggestion is to take it step by step, everything does not have to be implemented on the first day, take your time!
Let’s go through some of the Brain Facts we learned through Parts 1 – 3 and focus on how we can incorporate them into our classroom. Click here for the “10 Facts Teachers Need to Know About the Brain” series.
Brain Fact #1: The brain has 100 billion neurons. This fact taught us that we need to make as many connections using these neurons as possible for students to retain and understand the material. Well how do we do that? One way is by using Brain Fact #6: The brain relies on all 5 senses to process the world around us! Instead of just using auditory and visual cues during the lesson consider using the other senses as well. For example, when learning new vocabulary I try to incorporate a physical movement to tie in with each word. Some teachers go as far as using certain smells when teaching a topic and then when assessment time comes the same scent is used to help the students recall the information. (Amazing Right!)
We can also use Brain Fact #10: There are 9 different intelligences that we all possess at varying levels. Each one of these intelligences has preferred learning styles. Here are a few examples of teaching strategies for each intelligence:
- Linguistic Intelligence – Reading or writing based on the topic, giving a report, word games, or creating word puzzles.
- Logical-Mathematical Intelligence – Logic and Number problems, recording information on graphs, using time lines, and creating maps.
- Musical Intelligence – Creating and performing songs based on the topic, these students also benefit from music playing in the background during class.
- Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence – Creating something based on the topic, moving around during class, unconventional seating
- Spatial Intelligence – Drawing pictures or creating art based on the topic, creating scenery
- Interpersonal Intelligence – Group projects, class discussions, solving problems facing mankind
- Intrapersonal Intelligence – Journal based on the topic, quiet and secluded work space
- Naturalist Intelligence – Working outside, reading/writing/speaking about environmental issues
- Existential Intelligence – Determining how this topic affects mankind and the benefits or hindrance of the topic
One way I try to incorporate all of these unique intelligences is through my spelling instruction. I use Spelling Menus! Have you ever heard of these? These are a great way to liven up your spelling homework. These are the ones that I use: Spelling Menus. (Yes, I created them!) These menus give students numerous choices for accomplishing their spelling homework. The choices included use different intelligences and areas of the brains and therefore makes more connections within the brain.
Let’s take a look at the February Spelling Menu. Click on the link for a FREEBIE! SpellingHomeworkMenuFebruary Update with New LOGO coming SOON!
Activities for February Spelling Menu:
- Word Strategies – Students create new ways to memorize their words. (Linguistic, Intrapersonal, and Logical-Mathematical Intelligences)
- Partner Spell – Students take turns with another student, friend, or family member spelling their words. (Linguistic, Bodily Kinesthetic, Interpersonal Intelligences)
- Memory Match – Students create 2 cards of each word to play the game Memory. (Linguistic, Bodiy Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, and Spatial Intelligences)
- Word Exercise – Students spell their words while performing their favorite exercise. (Linguistic, Bodily Kinesthetic, Spatial, and Naturalist Intelligences)
- Font-abulous – Students use the computer to type their words using different fonts. (Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Bodily Kinesthetic, Spatial, and Intrapersonal Intelligences)
- Newspaper Headlines – Students create a newspaper headline using their words. (Linguistic, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Naturalist, and Existential Intelligences)
- Practice Test – Students take a practice test. (Linguistic and Intrapersonal Intelligences)
- Silly Riddle Words – Students write a riddle about each word. (Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, and Interpersonal Intelligences)
- Sign Words – Students will use the American Sign Language Alphabet to spell out their words. (Linguistic, Bodily Kinesthetic, and Interpersonal Intelligences)
- PowerPoint – Students create a PowerPoint with pictures or sounds with each word. (Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Musical, Bodily Kinesthetic, Spacial, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Naturalist Intelligence
So, as you can see by using a Spelling Menu you can incorporate all of the intelligences into your Spelling Homework. (These menus also encourage Ownership of Learning!)
A few reminders:
- Don’t forget to grab your free February Spelling Menu!
- Check out my TPT store for the individual menus or save some money and get the Bundle!
- Remember you are awesome, so don’t be overwhelmed!