This month has gotten off to a particularly busy start in my world which prevented me from posting a Friday 4 last week. I was fortunate enough to attend and present at the OESIS (Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools) last week in Boston and then attended the Westminster Teaching Symposium this week so I have been busy trying to take in and learn as much as I can and share what I have learned with my colleagues and my PLN.
There is no theme to this week’s Friday 4 other than here is a bunch of items that I have come across of late that have made it into my Diigo library.
- This first piece appeared in the Washington post recently and caught my eye since I frequently hear people use the terms “Multiple Intelligences” and “Learning Styles” without really knowing what they are, mean or if they are even true. Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’
- Hans Mundahl (@HMundahl) wrote an interesting piece Four Things You Need to Know About Online Learning following the OESIS conference that I thought summarized the current landscape surrounding the whole question of online learning.
- Naomi Appel (@njappel) passed along an interesting article that she came across on Twitter that speaks to the power of truly student centered learning. How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses.
- The last item for this week is actually a series of blog posts by Grant Lichtman (@GrantLichtman) that really resonated with me. The first piece Malcolm Gladwell Proves I Was Right About College! includes a MUST WATCH video from a talk given by Malcolm Gladwell at a Google conference. All college bound students, parents of college bound students or teachers of college bound students will find the talk quite interesting. Another post from Grant Re-post: The Busted Bell Curve includes links to three previous posts of his that look at the research surrounding the bell-curve of human performance. I would highly recommend checking out all of the related posts if you want to do a little head scratching.