Self-Guided Lecture

Teaching For The Multiple Intelligences

Program Slide 18

Putting It all Together for the Learner continued

Rhythms of Discovery continued

Note: Ages listed below are approximate and brain growth may vary in individual children. This information was adapted, with permission, from Chronological Chart of Neurological Growth by Dee Joy Coulter (The Science Teacher, 1982)
Brain Growth
Teaching Strategies
8 to 10 years
Corpus callosum myelination begins in frontal lobes
(around 8)

Auditory speech sounds system begins new growth spurt (around 9 or 10)

Concrete reasoning skills improve and logical thought process develop (around 8).

Hemispheric thought processes and specialization of skills become more distinct (around 9 or 10).

Increase in auditory discrimination, vocalizing abilities and language processing skills (around 9).

Experiental activities

Art and music activities that build skills while retaining creativity

Vocabulary building

Introduction to foreign language vocabulary
(around 9 or 10)

Exploration with voice and instruments that emphasizes sound discrimination, the ability to blend and harmonize, and dramatic activities.

Reinforcement of behavior rules, grammar, protocol

Growth spurt:

10 to 12 years

Corpus callosum myelination completes around age 11.
Logical thought processes become available to the student and abstract thought develops.
Activities that reinforce personal expression and creativity through experiential learning

Activities that nurture social consciousness, living skills, and global awareness.

12 to 14 years
Brain growth occurs in areas of the brain that make high-level cognitive connections.
Problem-solving abilities develop.
Practical life experiences such as community service projects, human problems, and daily needs (especially valuable between 12 and 14)

Activities that allow freedom to express personal ideas and emotions.

Group bonding exercises

Exercises that shift students’ self-consciousness to involvement: masks, costumes, hats, lighting effects, guided imagery.

Growth spurt: 14 to 16 years
Growth spurt in brain and skull size occurs.
Abstract reasoning improves.
Self-directed work such as research projects.

16 to 19 years
Major fibers in rear associative network finish myelinating.
Problem-finding skills begin to develop
(around age 15).

Ability to identify issues and ideas independently increases.

Critical self-evaluation skills develop.

Student participation in presentation of material.

Creative thinking activities that develop problem-finding skills.

Activities to encourage group dynamics and communication skills.

Focused attention to specific personal talents and skills in sports, arts, or cognitive areas.


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