Isn’t it great when students are actually excited about coming into your class? When I created my differentiated instruction Judaism activity work session, I looked at the Multiple Intelligence Theory. It brought interests in for the students. Then I went a step further and allowed them to choose the Judaism activity that they were most interested in doing. I also allowed them to choose how they wanted to work; by themselves, with a partner, or in a group. I had them make these choices the day before which gave me time to make appropriate grouping and the right number of copies that I needed. I heard students talking about what activity they were going to do in the halls and at lunch. As soon as they came in the next day they asked to make sure that those were the activities that they were doing.
It surprised me how I didn’t need to level this assignment. It turns out that by applying the Multiple Intelligence Theory for differentiated instruction, students chose an activity that they had a strength in. After I used the MI Theory in this lesson and I saw the excitement in my students, I have tried to apply it to all of my lesson plans since.
I created four different activities so that I could use six of the seven original Multiple Intelligences of Dr. Howard’s Theory. I didn’t worry about putting in the Logical Multiple Intelligence because that would be used in the concluding set when they completed a graphic organizer. The activity options I provided to my students are as follows along with the Multiple Intelligences that are applied:
- Song: Musical Multiple Intelligence, Interpersonal Multiple Intelligence
- Rhyming Poem: Linguistic Multiple Intelligence, Intrapersonal Multiple Intelligence or Interpersonal Multiple Intelligence
- Skit: Linguistic Multiple Intelligence, Kinesthetic Multiple Intelligence, Interpersonal Multiple Intelligence
- Cartoon Strip: Spatial Multiple Intelligence, Linguistic Multiple Intelligence, Intrapersonal Multiple Intelligence or Interpersonal Multiple Intelligence
In each of these activities I had every student use the same content. This is a very important part of differentiated instruction because all students, no matter what their ability level or intelligence, must be exposed to the content. The content I used is as follows:
- Ten Commandments
- Old Testament
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