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Welcome Note for Curriculum and Assessment Forum
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Note from Londi Carbajal to Users of MI:

To Users of the MI Network:

As Chief of Education for Ivy Group, I am pleased to have been asked to chat with users of the MI Network regarding curriculum and assessment.  For the past year and a half, I’ve been busy defining curriculum and developing assessment strategies for teachers in our multiple intelligences kindergartens.  Given the fact that Multiple Intelligences theory (MI) is neither a specific educational method nor approach, it has been both challenging and rewarding to create tools for teachers that are “in the spirit” of MI. 

I made a decision early on, that the best curriculum in our MI schools would incorporate Multiple Intelligences theory, developmentally appropriate practice and play.  In other words, curriculum is more than a collection of enjoyable activities.  Rather, it is a complex idea containing multiple components. 

Our curriculum development starts with a demonstrated respect for evidence; evidence that includes empirical research such as that done by Piaget, Erikson, Smilansky, Gardner and Vygotsky.  It is goal oriented and incorporates concepts and skills that foster children’s learning and development along a continuum.  It provides cognitive challenges that lead to positive outcomes for all children. 

Our curriculum is comprehensive, encompassing critical areas of development (personal and social, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, the arts, and physical development and health.  It also includes special attention to learning dispositions – inventive, reflective, inquisitive, and resourceful.  

Our teachers facilitate children’s play and foster firsthand learning through social activity and important conversations with friends.  Learning is also facilitated as children move among a variety of Learning Centers, decide what type of products they want to create or what kinds of problems they want to solve, and engage in important conversations with teachers. 

Lastly, our teachers assess children’s learning through ethical, appropriate, reliable, and on-going observation of children at work and play. 


Posted on: 2010/1/13 14:05
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