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Teaching for Successful Intelligence
To Increase Student Learning and Achievement

Second Edition


July 2007 | 216 pages | Corwin
Strengthen critical thinking skills with strategies that dramatically improve student performance!

Coauthored by two internationally renowned educators and researchers, this resource helps teachers strengthen their classroom practice with lessons that promote successful intelligence—a set of abilities that allow students to adapt and succeed within their environment, make the most of their strengths, and learn to compensate for their weaknesses.

The authors demonstrate how to design instructional units that help students apply successful intelligence to solve problems and make decisions. This research-based text also includes:

Sample unit plans and 40 ready-to-use lessons illustrated with classroom examples

Proven assessment techniques to promote the development of creative, analytical, and practical thinking skills

Approaches to encourage both passive and active learning

With teacher reflection activities and suggested homework for students, this resource is ideal for strengthening students' higher-order thinking abilities and raising overall academic performance!

 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Understanding Successful Intelligence
 
1. What Is Successful Intelligence?
A Grizzly Bear's Lunch

 
Defining Successful Intelligence

 
The Triarchy of Thinking Abilities

 
Conclusion

 
 
2. Examining the Theory of Successful Intelligence
Does Successful Intelligence Work in the Classroom?

 
Why Are Conventional Notions of Intelligence Still Prevalent?

 
 
3. Successful Intelligence in Life and in School
Successful Intelligence in Life: The Changing Demands of the Larger World

 
Successful Intelligence in School: Giving Everybody a Fair Chance

 
 
Part II. Building Successful Intelligence Abilities
 
4. Teaching for Analytical Thinking
Problem Solving

 
Lesson 1: Identify Problem

 
Lesson 2: Allocate Resources

 
Lesson 3: Represent and Organize Information

 
Lesson 4: Formulate Strategy

 
Lesson 5: Monitor Problem Solving Strategies

 
Lesson 6: Evaluate Solutions

 
Lesson 7: Additional Prompts for Analytical Thinking

 
 
5. Teaching for Creative Thinking
The Investment View of Creativity: Buying Low and Selling High

 
Balancing Analytical, Creative, and Practical Abilities

 
Lesson 8: Redefine the Problem

 
Lesson 9: Question and Analyze Assumptions

 
Lesson 10: Sell Creative Ideas

 
Lesson 11: Generate Ideas

 
Lesson 12: Recognize the Two Faces of Knowledge

 
Lesson 13: Identify and Surmount Obstacles

 
Lesson 14: Take Sensible Risks

 
Lesson 15: Tolerate Ambiguity

 
Lesson 16: Build Self-Efficacy

 
Lesson 17: Uncover True Interests

 
Lesson 18: Delay Gratification

 
Lesson 19: Model Creativity

 
Lesson 20: Additional Prompts for Creative Thinking

 
 
6. Teaching for Practical Thinking
Lesson 21: Become Motivated

 
Lesson 22: Control Impulses

 
Lesson 23: Persevere but Don't Perseverate

 
Lesson 24: Use the Right Abilities

 
Lesson 25: Act on a Plan

 
Lesson 26: Become Oriented to Product

 
Lesson 27: Complete Tasks

 
Lesson 28: Make a Commitment

 
Lesson 29: Take a Risk

 
Lesson 30: Don't Procrastinate

 
Lesson 31: Assign Responsibility

 
Lesson 32: Manage Self-Pity

 
Lesson 33: Be Independent

 
Lesson 34: Handle Personal Difficulties

 
Lesson 35: Concentrate

 
Lesson 36: Schedule Accordingly

 
Lesson 37: Set Priorities

 
Lesson 38: Balance Thinking Skills

 
Lesson 39: Develop Self-Confidence

 
Lesson 40: Additional Prompts for Practical Thinking

 
 
Part III. Developing Successful Intelligence Units
 
7. Framing Triarchic Instruction and Assessment Units
The Nuts and Bolts of TIA

 
What TIA Means

 
What TIA Does Not Mean

 
The Structure of TIA Units

 
Pre-TIA Activities

 
Designing a TIA Unit

 
Implementing TIA

 
 
8. Putting It All Together: A Comprehensive Illustration of Lessons for Teaching for Successful Intelligence
Introduction to Unit

 
Unit Lesson 1: Introduction

 
Unit Lesson 2: Analytical

 
Unit Lesson 3: Practical

 
Unit Lesson 4: Creative

 
Unit Homework

 
Unit Assessment

 
Conclusion

 
 
Appendix: Grade Level Activities
 
References
 
Index

"This book will provide valuable assistance, organization, and vision to teachers for whom lesson planning is new or challenging!"

Stephen M. Bongiovi, English Department Chair
Seaford High School, NY

"I found myself engrossed, reading every word, and quite frankly, wishing for even more! Beyond a doubt, teachers will use this book!"

Ronald W. Poplau, Instructor
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, KS

"A very useful addition to my teaching methodology! There is a need for this book!"

J. Petrina McCarty-Puhl, Science Teacher
Robert McQueen High School, Reno, NV

"From sample unit plans to activities for teachers and students alike, this guide will find a place on the shelves of any serious educator."

The Bookwatch, September 2007

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