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Teaching for Successful Intelligence
To Increase Student Learning and Achievement

Second Edition


July 2007 | 216 pages | Corwin

"This book will provide valuable assistance, organization, and vision to teachers for whom lesson planning is new or challenging!"
—Stephen M. Bongiovi, English Department Chair
Seaford High School, NY

"I found myself engrossed, reading every word, and quite frankly, wishing for even more! Beyond a doubt, teachers will use this book!"
—Ronald W. Poplau, Instructor
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, KS

"A very useful addition to my teaching methodology! There is a need for this book."
—J. Petrina McCarty-Puhl, Science Teacher
Robert McQueen High School, Reno, NV

Strengthen critical thinking skills with strategies that dramatically improve student performance!

Coauthored by two internationally renowned educators and researchers, this resource helps teachers strengthen their classroom practice with lessons that promote successful intelligence—a set of abilities that allow students to adapt and succeed within their environment, make the most of their strengths, and learn to compensate for their weaknesses.

The authors demonstrate how to design instructional units that help students apply successful intelligence to solve problems and make decisions. This research-based text also includes:

  • Sample unit plans and 40 ready-to-use lessons illustrated with classroom examples
  • Proven assessment techniques to promote the development of creative, analytical, and practical thinking skills
  • Approaches to encourage both passive and active learning

With teacher reflection activities and suggested homework for students, this resource is ideal for strengthening students' higher-order thinking abilities and raising overall academic performance!


 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Understanding Successful Intelligence
 
1. What Is Successful Intelligence?
A Grizzly Bear's Lunch  
Defining Successful Intelligence  
The Triarchy of Thinking Abilities  
Conclusion  
 
2. Examining the Theory of Successful Intelligence
Does Successful Intelligence Work in the Classroom?  
Why Are Conventional Notions of Intelligence Still Prevalent?  
 
3. Successful Intelligence in Life and in School
Successful Intelligence in Life: The Changing Demands of the Larger World  
Successful Intelligence in School: Giving Everybody a Fair Chance  
 
Part II. Building Successful Intelligence Abilities
 
4. Teaching for Analytical Thinking
Problem Solving  
Lesson 1: Identify Problem  
Lesson 2: Allocate Resources  
Lesson 3: Represent and Organize Information  
Lesson 4: Formulate Strategy  
Lesson 5: Monitor Problem Solving Strategies  
Lesson 6: Evaluate Solutions  
Lesson 7: Additional Prompts for Analytical Thinking  
 
5. Teaching for Creative Thinking
The Investment View of Creativity: Buying Low and Selling High  
Balancing Analytical, Creative, and Practical Abilities  
Lesson 8: Redefine the Problem  
Lesson 9: Question and Analyze Assumptions  
Lesson 10: Sell Creative Ideas  
Lesson 11: Generate Ideas  
Lesson 12: Recognize the Two Faces of Knowledge  
Lesson 13: Identify and Surmount Obstacles  
Lesson 14: Take Sensible Risks  
Lesson 15: Tolerate Ambiguity  
Lesson 16: Build Self-Efficacy  
Lesson 17: Uncover True Interests  
Lesson 18: Delay Gratification  
Lesson 19: Model Creativity  
Lesson 20: Additional Prompts for Creative Thinking  
 
6. Teaching for Practical Thinking
Lesson 21: Become Motivated  
Lesson 22: Control Impulses  
Lesson 23: Persevere but Don't Perseverate  
Lesson 24: Use the Right Abilities  
Lesson 25: Act on a Plan  
Lesson 26: Become Oriented to Product  
Lesson 27: Complete Tasks  
Lesson 28: Make a Commitment  
Lesson 29: Take a Risk  
Lesson 30: Don't Procrastinate  
Lesson 31: Assign Responsibility  
Lesson 32: Manage Self-Pity  
Lesson 33: Be Independent  
Lesson 34: Handle Personal Difficulties  
Lesson 35: Concentrate  
Lesson 36: Schedule Accordingly  
Lesson 37: Set Priorities  
Lesson 38: Balance Thinking Skills  
Lesson 39: Develop Self-Confidence  
Lesson 40: Additional Prompts for Practical Thinking  
 
Part III. Developing Successful Intelligence Units
 
7. Framing Triarchic Instruction and Assessment Units
The Nuts and Bolts of TIA  
What TIA Means  
What TIA Does Not Mean  
The Structure of TIA Units  
Pre-TIA Activities  
Designing a TIA Unit  
Implementing TIA  
 
8. Putting It All Together: A Comprehensive Illustration of Lessons for Teaching for Successful Intelligence
Introduction to Unit  
Unit Lesson 1: Introduction  
Unit Lesson 2: Analytical  
Unit Lesson 3: Practical  
Unit Lesson 4: Creative  
Unit Homework  
Unit Assessment  
Conclusion  
 
Appendix: Grade Level Activities
 
References
 
Index

"This book will provide valuable assistance, organization, and vision to teachers for whom lesson planning is new or challenging!"

Stephen M. Bongiovi, English Department Chair
Seaford High School, NY

"I found myself engrossed, reading every word, and quite frankly, wishing for even more! Beyond a doubt, teachers will use this book!"

Ronald W. Poplau, Instructor
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, KS

"A very useful addition to my teaching methodology! There is a need for this book!"

J. Petrina McCarty-Puhl, Science Teacher
Robert McQueen High School, Reno, NV

"From sample unit plans to activities for teachers and students alike, this guide will find a place on the shelves of any serious educator."

The Bookwatch, September 2007
Key features
  • Provides teachers with a series of research-based techniques to promote all intelligence abilities
  • The text is for K–12 teachers who wish to improve their assessment abilities
  • Includes numerous classroom examples of all techniques described
  • Written as a reference text and workbook for specific classroom application
  • Encourages both passive and active learning throughout
  • 40 strategies are illustrated with numerous examples
  • Final chapter includes unit lessons specific to each area of intelligence, with homework for the students and a unit assessment for the teacher

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