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Beyond Right Brain v. Left Brain
Beyond Right Brain v. Left Brain
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4th Graders learn about learning

Are you left brained or right brained?  Are you visual, auditory, or kinesthetic?  Or, like most people, a blend of all of the above?

For the next few weeks, our fourth graders are diving into their latest International Baccalaureate Unit of Inquiry, M.I. Smart.  Students will spend their days learning  about learning, going far beyond the traditional left-brain v. right brain argument.  

As part of their introduction to M.I. Smart, the fourth graders are studying Howard Gardner’s famous theory of multiple intelligences and the eight ways in which he identified how people learn:  Verbal/Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical, Visual/Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Musical, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal and Naturalist.  The students were introduced to the new unit through a fun interactive activity!  The fourth grade teachers then created a hands-on scavenger hunt during which students examined eight individual centers, each one representing a different intelligence. As they examined the items in each center, they recorded their hypotheses of the "smart" the items correlated with. The children were engaged and laser-focused on categorizing the centers, all of which led to the big reveal of their unit.

Ashley Mabry, a fourth grade teacher at CDS for 12 years, enjoys sharing the theory of multiple intelligences with her students. “We hope the students will learn how different learning intelligences allow them to take ownership of their own learning and also appreciate the different learning styles of others.”

Come along on the MI Smart Scavenger Hunt!

The M.I. Smart unit is part of the IB Primary Years Programme Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are.  Throughout the PYP (taught to children ages three – fifth grade), the transdisciplinary themes focus on issues that span subject areas.  Who We Are is an inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

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Thank you to Michelle Cáceres, Assistant Director of Admissions, for contributing this article.