Allowing students to use their knowledge about how they learn best can increase their enthusiasm, raise their achievment levels, and foster growth in their other intelligences.
It was one of those endless gray, spring weeks. My creativity and my students' motivation had reached an all-time low, as had our belief that sunshine would ever return. Even my graduate course in multiple intelligences could not rouse my enthusiasm until one evening when a 3rd grade teacher described a rubric that her young students had developed to assess their own writing.
I cannot recall the details, but I remember thinking that if 3rd graders could produce a rubric of that quality, my high school students might be able to create their own assessment for an upcoming nuclear chemistry unit.
Anticipating Multiple Intelligences