Multiple Intelligences and Positive Life Habits
Lynne Beachner and Anola Pickett
[Sub-titled 174 Activities for Applying them in our Classroom]
192 pages. Publisher: Sage.
Cloth £51.00; (0761977279)
Paper £23.00 (0761977287)
a young teacher in the early ‘sixties my training involved learning not only
about subject/curriculum areas but also about what was then termed as “The
Hidden Curriculum”. Over the years this hidden curriculum, which was
essentially to do with how children lived in the community, has become a more
explicit part of school life.
Multiple Intelligences and Positive Life Habits the authors refer to
these essential skills as “Life Habits”, the crux of which may be summed up
in the words “Children must learn to get along with each other and share some
common beliefs about relationships” (page 3).
Habits are split into five sections, with each section having subsections. As an
example the section on Relationships includes self-awareness, a sense of humour,
caring, integrity and respect. Each section is cross-referenced to an activity,
which promotes this particular life habit.
are eight chapters in the book and each one describes a multiple intelligence.
These intelligences have been categorised by Howard Gardener, (a professor at
Harvard University). He has studied and recognised what many teachers already
know – that different children learn in different ways. It echoes the way that
education in many schools is evolving, that children have skills, which may be
accessed in a variety of ways, not just via the traditional academic route.
chapter focuses on one intelligence and describes activities to foster and
enhance each concept, for example in the first chapter which describes the
Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence one of the activities – Four of a kind-
describes an activity aimed at promoting organisational skills within that band.
of the activities are ones that I have used or seen used in schools throughout
my teaching career. They can be easily adapted to fit into a curriculum-led
timetable or into such activities as Circle Time (used by many teachers to
enable children to voice their own concerns and work out strategies to cope with
or learn from their experiences). The importance of this publication is that
these activities are concentrated in one source.
is an excellent resource not only for new teachers entering the profession but
also for the more experienced to access a range of strategies in dealing with
and recognising children’s ways of learning. It nurtures a Can Do
attitude that celebrates success.
Susan E. Carrell
[Sub-titled 26 tools and an assortment of implements for the busy therapist]
194 pages. Publisher: Sage.
Paper £11.99 (0761922644)
Therapist’s Toolbox is sure to be welcomed by any busy therapist or counsellor
who chances upon it. It provides
simple, practical, and really effective techniques for improving connectivity
between practitioners and their clients.
Susan Carrell’s Group Exercises for Adolescents was reviewed by us two years
ago we were really enthusiastic about the benefits that would obtain to teachers
as well as therapists from this excellent resource.
Now Carrell has gone further in simplifying her effective and empowering
advice for practitioners “in a hurry”.
use of the “workman’s toolbox” as a metaphor for her practical therapeutic
techniques is remarkably effective. One
section comprises hammers, saws, screwdrivers and pliers for projects.
Another uses grouting, glue, putty and filler as symbols for work with
couples. Measuring tape, spirit
levels and plumb-bobs are tools for special projects.
While nails, tack and hooks are those small but essential ingredients
without which no toolbox would be effective.
practical examples, written in a friendly, simple style with much humour, bring
it all to life and enable the therapist (and I really mean myself here) to get
to grips instantly with our practical therapy sessions.
Providing, that is, that the book is to hand.
It is not, therefore, a book to be placed on the bookshelf, but a
resource to be kept constantly available.
Jill A. Lindberg and April
[Sub-titled Surviving September and Beyond in the Elementary Classroom]
100 pages. Publisher: Sage.
Cloth £54.00; (0761978852)
Paper £25.00 (0761978860)
I was appointed as a mentor to trainee teachers and I often get asked questions
about how to deal with children in the everyday run of school life. After nearly
25 years of teaching, a lot of issues concerned with managing children come
naturally to me. Experience with so many different children has given me
a wealth of strategies to deal with the everyday small things, but to the
student these small things become overwhelmingly big.
day last week I was talking to one of the students that I mentor. We were
discussing the difficulties of dealing with the growing numbers of children who
have behavioural problems in the classroom. However the numbers are still in the
minority. But then of course that means that the majority of children behave
What do I do to encourage those children who are always well behaved, do their
work, listen carefully and produce homework on time?" she asked.
was reminded of this when I began this review. In a chapter entitled “Creating
a positive classroom atmosphere” it is suggested that star status be awarded
to pupils for their positive attitudes to school. Their star complete with their
name is posted onto a “Wall of Fame” and at the end of the week the names
are read out to the class and can be included in a class newsletter to the
parents (another excellent idea). Hopefully the rest of the class will aspire to
join this wall of fame.
ideas in this book, although dealing with predominantly American schools,
contain many suggestions that can be adapted to any classroom. The reader is
taken through a school year and offered a range of strategies to deal with
creating effective classroom management, an essential to good teaching and
learning. Teachers spend a great deal of time planning lessons but without
attention to small details of running a classroom these plans can be thwarted by
having to devote time to organising.
in the Classroom deals with most of
these details – ranging from how to organise your own workspace,
through how to organise class groups and homework effectively,
to the minute detail of how to move children from one area to another.
good are the illustrations and examples of forms that children can use. I love
the idea of children applying for jobs in the classroom found in the chapter
“Creating a positive classroom atmosphere.”
I particularly recommend the chapter on Rewards. Teachers often get hung up on
consequences and punishments without considering the majority of the class who
are performing well. This chapter looks at the rewards forgood students; for
example, special class time where
you give the children enjoyable activity such as Art. Personally I find that an
extra five minutes playtime works wonders. It also serves to encourage the
children who are less well behaved to aspire to goodness!
addition it gives ideas about what to do with children who are excluded from the
reward fun activities. Being a fiendish teacher I subscribe to the idea that “
being in the same room where all the fun is happening can be more miserable than
are some ideas that may not appeal in an English classroom – it is not the
rule for teachers to over-exert the budget by calling parents too frequently or
sending letters by registered post, but asking to see parents about concerns
usually is a good if not better substitute.
final paragraph of the book provides invaluable advice – “ be sure you are
on the lookout for something good as the day progresses” – a really positive
note to end on!
a mentor this book has provided me with a checklist of points to look for when
observing students, ideas for targets for which they may aspire plus a good
resource to enable them to build up a repertoire of good practice. I will be
lending this book to my current student so that she may acquire some strategies
to deal with quite a lively class – a euphemism used by teachers to indicate a
challenging bunch of kids!
E. Ann Burt
Great Ways to Sabotage a Good Conversation
Paul W. Schenk, Psy.D.
"Hot off the press" is this slim volume from one of our contributing editors, Dr Paul Schenk of Atlanta, Georgia. I feel a slight vested interest in this work since much of the content originated in a series of articles Paul wrote for New Learning when I was editor of that journal. So I certainly know, and admire, the skill with which he first identifies and then demystifies many of the linguistic "traps" into which we fall when having seemingly normal or everyday conversations. He deals in masterly fashion with language intervening between a message and its content, which is perhaps not too surprising given his NLP background allied to his clinical psychotherapeutic skills.
The book is beautifully produced and illustrated cleverly with a series of charts, quotations, and cartoon illustrations.
More information on the book and how to order it may be found on Paul's own website at www.drpaulschenk.com.