Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences suggests that
culture, language, and environment all influence how an
individual's intelligence is expressed. In this guide, Evangeline
Stefanakis provides concrete suggestions for translating Gardner's
theory into curriculum and assessment practices in the context of
urban classrooms. By combining the collection and analysis of
student work in comprehensive portfolios, she offers a framework
for teachers to improve the assessment of diverse individuals.
Stefanakis is especially well suited to the task of combining
theory, philosophy, and practice on this topic. She has helped
teachers, teacher educators, and school leaders understand both MI
theory and how to use portfolios to personalize their teaching to
better serve all students, including those who are bilingual and
have disabilities. She worked with the Harvard Project Zero on the
Massachusetts Schools Network on a three-year effort to implement
schoolwide portfolio assessment in thirteen urban and rural
schools. The contents of this book, which include principal and
teacher stories from the Cambridgeport School, grew directly from
In eight concise chapters, Stefanakis takes teachers through
proven strategies for creating personal student profiles and
portfolios as "windows into learners' minds." Her book provides: a
positive focus on children's assets-what they do know, rather than
what they don't
a guide on applying the theory of multiple intelligences to
short, practical, classroom-based content on implementing
portfolios (Grades K-8)
proven ways for teachers to expand their practices for reaching an
even wider, more diverse, and challenging range of learners by
a companion dual-platform CD-ROM featuring a range of student
portfolios and reproducible assessment forms.
Understanding what students bring to the learning environment
and how to accommodate their needs has challenged educators for
generations. Here is an important addition to the literature on
multiple intelligences and on practices that recognize, honor, and
embrace children's diversity.
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