Y students teach junior high kidsconcepts of Mu

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    By LAUREN COMSTOC

    BYU students are getting hands-on experience teaching Multiple Intelligence concepts to seventh-graders at Canyon View Junior High School in Orem. Creativity is the best way to retain information, according to the Multiple Intelligence concept model.

    “The Multiple Intelligence concepts teach to the different intelligences,” said Kari Johnson, a teacher at Canyon View Junior High School. “Kids are smart in seven ways.”

    The seven different intelligences are body/kinesthetic, visual/spatial, logical/mathematical, musical/rhythmic, verbal/linguistic, intrapersonal and interpersonal, Johnson said.

    “We’re teaching to their passions,” she said. “There are required activities and then some activities that the children can choose from the seven intelligences to complete. It turns them on like a light-bulb.”

    Intrapersonal students like to do things by themselves, while interpersonal students like to work in groups, Johnson said. You can tell if the child works well in the musical/rhythmic group because he taps his pencil, she said.

    Students who learn better by doing things with their hands are in the body/kinesthetic group.

    Visual learners might learn best from an overhead, while the kids who like to get up and talk are in the verbal/linguistic groups, Johnson said.

    “I like the program because it’s self-motivating,” said Tony Newman, 24, a senior from San Diego, Calif., majoring in history and secondary education who teaches U.S. and world affairs at Canyon View Junior High School.

    “Students are excited to learn and do new activities,” Newman said.

    “This method seems really effective,” said Rebecca Larsen, 23, a senior from Blackfoot, Idaho, majoring in social sciences also participating in the program.

    “It meets the needs of a lot of different students,” Larsen said.

    The program is based on the “Autonomous Learner Model” by George T. Betts, Johnson said.

    “I think it’s great for the BYU students,” she said. “They learn team-teaching concepts.”

    BYU students help the children with their homework and keep parents posted on their children’s progress in school.

    “They’re like mentors to students,” she said.

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