Laura Candler on Every Classroom Matters #68

Laura Candler: How to Use Multiple Intelligences to Help Students See Their Strengths

With a whopping four hundred fifteen THOUSAND fans on her Facebook teaching resources page, Laura Candler is at the center of a thriving conversation about teaching on Facebook. Although “retired,” Laura finds and vets free resources to share on her website and blog. In this show, Laura shares how she uses a tool she developed based upon Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences to help fifth graders see the strengths in themselves and one another.

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When I blogged about Laura's Free Multiple Intelligences Survey a while back it instantly sparked so much interest that I booked her for the show to talk about it. We must help students appreciate their own strengths and the strengths in one another.

If our students think the only kind of smart in school is making a good grade on a test, we have failed them as a school. This show gives you a creative best practice idea to move past that. However, this free resource is not a research tool or diagnostic – you'll want to hear how she uses it so you can keep balance.

I think you'll agree with me that Laura is refreshingly helpful, practical and real. You'll find cool tools and best practices on her website that can help you immediately. Enjoy meeting Laura on today's episode of Every Classroom Matters.


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Laura Candler- ECM Show Notes #68 – A New Way to Think About Multiple Intelligences

Laura Candler, a retired educator, discusses resources for emphasizing Multiple Intelligences in the classroom.  Using these free resources can help students learn about their learning strengths and how they learn best.  She talks about the survey she uses with students, a tool for intermediate students to learn about MI Theory. For the different intelligences she uses K-12 language, like Word Smart, Picture Smart, and Music Smart.  She has never been challenged about MI Theory and has seen it empower her students and believes this is a tool that is successful in the classroom.

Laura does not hint at the wealth of information on her website. Be sure to check out her many resources, like the Lunch Bunch and her Literature Circle Resources.  Laura Candler is a retired 5th grade teacher in North Carolina, a conference presenter, and an author.


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Show notes prepared by Lisa Durff, Production Coordinator for Every Classroom Matters.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Ryan S May 25, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Giving students multiple modes to learn material and express understanding really is key. I have recently started using a free math site called that integrates some great real-world applications for all types of math. Students can pull from their individual intelligences to create their own challenges that incorporate math, solve those of others, earn badges, be part of a larger community of kids using math, and more.

There is also a premium version where students get personal mentoring and smart quizzes that explain the steps if students get stuck. Users get a free trial if they enter the code “dimentor2better”.

As always, I love exploring the great resources you post :)

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