Learning Styles-Carl Jung/Myers-Briggs Theory Pt. 2

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Continuing from the last post on Carl Jung’s Theory of Learning Styles; let’s continue with the Judgment Functions. The two judgment functions are thinking and feeling and they help one put to use the perception functions, sensing and intuition.

Thinkers are objective, use logic and reason to analyze decision making. They are rational and use order and organization in situations when making a decision. They are uncomfortable in emotional situations. Everything can be treated rationally and they don’t need the approval from others when making decisions.

As suspected; feelers are subjective, allowing personal perspectives to develop. Decisions are based on values and personal beliefs, likes, and dislikes. They look for human connections that make life rich and meaningful. They make decisions with their hearts, they like to bounce ideas off of others and give purpose to decision making. Everything is personal and they look for approval from their peers.

This post was a bit shorter, but check out the site below for thinking and feeling to see where you fall in the spectrum.

Self-assessment (judgment)

What is your preference when it comes to thinking and feeling? When you make a decision, do you rely more on logic and objectivity (thinking) or do you go on how the situation feels to you (feeling)? Are you somewhere in-between or do you fall closer to one side than the other? Thinking_________________Feeling

If you need more questions to help you figure out where you are in the judgment preferences try this site

In the next few posts I will put them together to explain the four learning styles and how to put them to use in the classroom.

As a side note, I have come to discover over my first year of blogging, as much as I enjoy the research and sharing, I am not going to put pressure on myself to stay on a schedule just to get a post out. I want the post to have meaning and purpose; being well thought-out and written, would we expect any less from our students?

Blessings to you,

Tammy

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9 tips for an almost free educational summer

Proverbs 22:6

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Because we are nearing the end of a school year, I am going to start with summer tips.

  1. If your child’s teacher doesn’t send home a summer reading list, go to your local library, they have them. I must add to this:  PARENTS, pick books for you too! If you want your kids to put down the electronics then so should you. As we have heard a thousand times “lead by example”. Take a half hour in the evening and spread out on the floor and read with or alongside of your children. It’s rewarding for everyone! Here is a  link to my Pinterest book board. Click on the picture for a list of 100 chapter books for kids. thetaleofdespereaux
  2. Visit museums. They have free days if your budget it tight. Prepare for crowds on free days, everyone likes to save a buck or two! Remember to have conversations at the exhibits, take time to read the boards. Make a day of it! DuPage Children's Museum
  3. Go to the zoo. It’s fun, entertaining, and educational. Look for the times when trainers are at the exhibits and take time to watch and learn about certain animals. Exhibit demos are free! tiger2
  4. Member of a church? Volunteer for VBS if you can. Summer Bible School is good for you and your kids. Check into hosting a Backyard VBS for your neighborhood at a time that works for you. Picture links to the Vacation Bible School website.ladybug
  5. Go on a picture walk. Exercise and education! Take your camera or phone and a bag or basket. Take pictures of trees, leaves, flowers, birds, etc. Also, collect some of these items along the way. If you made a day of it with a picnic and play time, that’s great! Save the project for another day. wild_garden
  6. Picture/collection project for the above outing….create a collage or scrapbook out of the things you found. In addition to this, look in books that you checked out from the library or have an internet hunt to identify your findings. Add the identification to your collage or scrapbook and you have a project and a memory all in one! nature collage
  7. Have an ABC scavenger hunt. If your kids are working on letters or reading, this can make it fun. Have them find as many things (or give them a number) around the house that start with the letters of the alphabet. Have them write it down, draw it, or take a picture of it. If you did 2-3 letters a week you will have gone through the alphabet before school begins. apples
  8. Of course, there are always board games for the evening. Have your kids be the banker, or take on the role of the person in charge of counting something. Need a new game? Go to a garage sale or second-hand shop and find something new. Let you kids pick it, give them the money so they know how much they can spend on a game. monopoly
  9.  Let your kids bake or cook with you. They will learn the importance of measurement and how it connects to everyday life. baking

The list can go on and on. Please comment and add something you do to help your kids continue learning throughout the summer.

It was a busy spring with our daughter’s wedding, all of our traveling and now we are preparing for a move. With that said, posts will be about once a month this summer. I will be taking time this summer to work on more post in the Learning Styles series. I am also working on research for STEM skills and will post about that in the fall. Enjoy your summer and I will pop in once in a while with a new post!

 

Blessings to you,

Tammy

Easy Organization for Crayons and Other Supplies

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Colossians 3:23)

I was noticing all of the sites out there about organizing; it seems as though it is the thing to do these days. I am one of those people who are naturally organized. It is a gift and a curse! However, with spring around the corner, why not share an easy organizer for crayons, markers, glue sticks, and the like.IMG_0010

I decided to make an organizer for all of the crayons we have collected.

This concept can be used with just about anything.

In my classroom I collect all the pencils, paper, and glue sticks from my students at the beginning of the year so there is less clutter in their desks. We have a community area where students can go and get what they need when they need it.

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I cut toilet paper tubes in half. If you were to use this for markers or colored pencils leave them whole and maybe use a deeper container.

IMG_0009I did a trial run on how it would fit in the drawer. (the drawer came from a broken cabinet and the crayons were just a messy pile in the drawer. Use what you have; a shoebox, basket, or bin will work just as well.

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Glue the tubes together so they don’t flop all over the container. I held mine together with some rubber bands around 4 at a time as I glued.

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Now sort and add the crayons, or whatever you are organizing. You can even use the rainbow colors to order them if you choose…remember ROY G BIV?

I chose my own color combo according to the space and amount of tubes I had in the box.
Done!

IMG_0014Allow the kids to get five crayons at a time, this way they will easily go back to the right spot before they choose to take their next five.

Use your kids to help in the process and they will take ownership of the organized space!

This can also be a great lesson in sorting.

Trying it this time of year will give you a good test of where you want community space in the classroom and how to best use it. This may not work in every classroom, but it is worth a trial period. You may also want to try this if you have tables instead of desks in your classroom; this way there is a table community of supplies instead of the whole classroom.

Let me know what you organized and how this method works for you!
Blessing to you,
Tammy

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt.5

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, Proverbs 1:5 ESV

Multiple Intelligences tap into interests of students. It is the realm of which they think and can best display their learning.

Many teachers try to incorporate M.I. into every lesson and that can be an exhausting task. May I suggest starting slowly with a few lessons at a time that you find easier to bring in M.I. options? The more you practice these types of lessons, the easier it will be to offer options in other areas of learning.

By allowing students to work within their Learning Styles and offering M.I. options with some lessons those particular tasks are going to let the student show their best work. Soon you will find yourself wanting to incorporate M.I. into many lessons throughout the year. There are web-sites that show some menus of lessons that you can offer to students. I did get a bit side tracked in my list because there are so many great sites and resources for teachers within these sites. Enjoy!

  • This site has a nice menu. You need to subscribe to Scribd in order to print or download it, but you can take a look at what she did for some ideas if you would rather not subscribe. She also has freebies and is part of a community of blogging teachers that share many of their ideas and lessons. (You can see them on her freebies page).
  • What a great site to hear and see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms. If you want inspiration, follow this site. There is a treasure trove found here. I also follow them on pinterest so I can pick and choose some of the things that interest me most. You can also follow teachers teaching the same grade level as you. (This is my side track site)     But here is a link to some differentiation menus
  •  This is from the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)   and it has an excellent article that explains parts of a lesson for using M.I. It also offers some ideas for using an M.I. menu. It is an older article but still has relevance today. There is plenty more if you click on the menu tabs including some interesting professional development course. You can also subscribe to their many podcast and webcast through iTunes.
  • This lists so many resources for educators. It is from the University of Georgia. It includes links to learning theories and Bloom’s Taxonomy (new version with links), M.I. and Learning Styles, PBL and other learning strategies, teaching tools and direct teaching strategies. Many of them are articles with good information and many include charts that are printable. This page should be a definite bookmark on your computer.
  • These are actual lessons share by the teachers who created them. There are many subjects and grade levels to search through. You can sign up for a free 10day trial and then it is about $60/yr to get access to all of the lessons plans and worksheets. You can even add your lesson to this list.
  •  Here you will find a great graphic organizer for creating a lesson plan using the multiple intelligences.
I hope you find these helpful. I am taking a bit of an education break and am going to post some fun crafty kinds of things in the next few posts!
 
Blessings to you,
Tammy

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt.4

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15 ESV

These last three Multiple Intelligences are a bit more obscure but can be identified in students. However, you may see them in developing stages so I am giving you some ways to identify them within the classroom.

  • Interpersonal Intelligence is the ability to detect and respond appropriately to the moods, motivations and desires of others. They can be empathetic and sympathetic toward others; they may show “mothering” tendencies. They are rather intuitive to the mood of the classroom. These students are not necessarily the classroom helper type; they will help when they see a need expressed. They are the social butterflies, they get along in group situations and relate well with others. They are the friendly outgoing type and others seem to flock to them. Don’t mistake them for leaders; they can be leaders or followers. They are great teachers in partner situations where the other is in need of help.
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence is the capacity to be self-aware and in tune with inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes.  These students are seen as independent and self-motivated. They have a good understanding of who they are, their feelings, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. They learn from their own mistakes and successes. They are confident, and do not tend to seek the approval of their peers. They have a smaller circle of friends and the friendship is strong. They can be quite shy, but their personality can shine in their writing when creative writing is the assignment.
  • Existential Intelligence is the sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, impacts on society, and the world around them. These students like to see the big picture learning in the individual content lessons. They tend to want an overview of how this will relate to the world around them. They will want to dig deeper for understanding and will ask GOOD “why” questions; this is where higher order thinking strategies take place. They may join a cause or have a strong belief in something meaningful to them. They enjoy multiple points of view that come to the conclusion of an idea.

In the next post I will give you several websites to use and give you some insight as to what you will find once you are there.

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt. 2

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. Proverbs 10:17 ESV

In the last post I mentioned that I would put some of these two theories together that seem most logical, but remember that it doesn’t mean it is true across the spectrum and in every situation. Look for the patterns that help lead you to the correct conclusion for each student. Don’t make an assumption based on the preferences of a Learning Style, that a student will possess strength in a similar intelligence and visa-versa.

With that said, I have attempted to categorize some of the Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences in the simplest form, realizing that these can be interspersed within each other. I simply want you to see how M.I. can fit alongside the Learning Styles for the ease of lesson planning. Some fit together quite logically and obviously; a student who is primarily Visual in their L.S. will most likely choose M.I. tasks which are Visual-Spatial. Remember however, no one fits into one box.

These are some example fits for the categories of L.S. and M.I.

Visual – Visual-Spatial Intelligence, Naturalist Intelligence

Social – Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence

Physical – Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Musical Intelligence

Aural – Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence, Musical Intelligence

Verbal – Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence, Musical Intelligence

Solitary – Intrapersonal Intelligence, Existential Intelligence

Logical – Mathematical-Logical Intelligence

I will add some reasoning behind these in the next post.

The best and easiest way to see where each student match up, in the general sense, is to give them an inventory test for L.S. and for M.I. Below is a short list of links for inventory tests.

 This site offers both tests and is catered to L.D. and ADHD students

You can print this one!

The educationworld.com site is my favorite. The M.I. inventory tests it put into a lesson plan that you can add to your objectives for the day/week. It also has links for L.S. too!

I do want you to understand that my point here is on learning, not simply creating a lesson using every M.I. to fit each child. Creating a lesson or lessons that cater to every M.I. is impractical and does not always fit every lesson every time. Again, you don’t want to box a child into one or two areas because of an inventory test or two. We want our students to be well-rounded; pay attention to how they learn and offer a couple of methods/options if appropriate.

How do your students line up? Do you see any patterns? Finding patterns in your student will greatly help in your lesson planning.

Blessing to you,

Tammy

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance  Proverbs 1:5 ESV

I have addressed a couple of types of Learning Styles and want to share the research of the others with you, but I am going to pause here to add some additional information about Multiple Intelligences and attempt to draw these two theories together in some respect. I also want to mention the differences that are often misconceived between the two.

All of us possess all of the Multiple Intelligences but they are demonstrated in varying degrees based on experience, culture, and motivation. One can have an appreciation for dance, but may not demonstrate the coordination or discipline to become a dancer; this would be a Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence. Much is the same with Musical Intelligence, one may enjoy singing but may not be able to carry a tune nor have the ambition to learn how to read music. Someone with a strong Mathematical-logical Intelligence would be able to calculate numbers in their head that most would take several minutes to work through if the numbers aren’t in front of them to see and work out on paper. I am not necessarily saying that this is intelligence based on this demonstration solely. Someone with a strong intelligence will be able to demonstrate the strengths of the intelligence on many levels and in many aspects.

I want to give you a simple statement as to how these two theories differ from each other. A Learning Style can be used across a spectrum of academics, it is a preference. Multiple Intelligences is based on potential, how it is used and developed as it is geared toward specific content.

As stated above, a Learning Style is a preference in a way one learns; this is not to say that other styles can’t be learned or acquired. The older we get the more we learn to adapt to our surroundings and expectations and in so doing, we develop other learning styles.

As we look at the two together, understanding that Learning Style preference, a student with a Physical L.S. may have a strong Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligences. So they will gravitate toward sports and can even excel in one or more particular sport or activity. Now, this isn’t to say that all students demonstrating a Physical L.S. will have that intelligence; it may simply mean that they have a lot of energy and movement helps them concentrate.

In the next post I will put some of these two theories together that seem most logical, but remember that it doesn’t mean it is true across the spectrum and in every situation. Look for the patterns that help lead you to the correct conclusion for each student. Don’t make an assumption based on the preferences of a Learning Style that a student will possess strength in a similar intelligence and visa-versa.

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