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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Thomas R. Hoerr – The Importance of Reaching All Communities

February 17, 2020

The most important educational factor in a child’s learning is the quality of the teacher. (Parents matter most, but classroom educators come in a close second.) Good teachers go beyond knowing content and pedagogy — they respect, understand and appreciate their students. Those are the teachers we remember; they knew us, cared for us and pushed us. Consequently, an important part of teacher preparation stems from the context in which […]

UMSL Daily: New Education Course Promotes Servant Leadership Model

February 11, 2020

Mindy Bier and Tom Hoerr are teaching a new graduate-level education course called “Leaders Cultivating Virtues,” which utilizes a servant leadership model. It’s designed to give education leaders the tools to fight against empathy fatigue in teachers and to promote social-emotional learning in students. (photo by August Jennewein) Empathy fatigue is an issue for many people. The phenomenon was first widely observed in the medical field, particularly in ICU nurses […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 29, No 4

January 29, 2020

Greetings MI Fans, Are you ready for spring? Soon, schools in the northern hemisphere will have to confront the February Doldrums. Winter break was ages ago, spring break is too far away to contemplate, the weather is cold, and the skies are gray. Is it any wonder that students – and staff members – get a bit restless? Well, one strategy to de-doldrum (sorry!) is to ensure that people of […]

K12 Insight: How To Take Social Emotional Learning Schoolwide

December 11, 2019

This article by Tom was originally posted on the K12 Insight blog TrustED on December 11, 2019. Why do we do what we do? What’s the purpose of education? Is it to prepare students to perform well in school and become effective workers or is it to develop good people who will make a positive difference in the world? Of course, the answer is both–and yet, schools and curricula have […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 29, No 3

December 3, 2019

Hello to MI Fans! This issue features an article by Pam Clark, a Resource Teacher for the Gifted and an Instructional Coach in VA, who has been using MI for almost 30 years. As you’ll see from her intentions and activities, Pam is a sensational teacher. It’s clear that she’s the kind of teacher who connects with kids and helps them grow in a powerful way. In no small part, […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 29, No 2

October 10, 2019

Greetings, MI Fans! From an educational perspective, using MI simply means recognizing and capitalizing on how students learn. Who could argue with that logic?!? Well, the short-answer is quite a few people. Folks who don’t accept MI either don’t understand it or reject the idea because it doesn’t comport with their narrow and rather simplistic view of the world. Simply looking around and seeing who succeeds makes the case for […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 29, No 1

August 14, 2019

Happy New School Year! Hi MI Fans, It’s the time of year when schools are embedded in enthusiasm. Everywhere (at least in the Northern hemisphere!), teachers, principals, and students are anticipating the start of another school year. Remember, educators, the kids are as nervous about day #1 as are you! Thinking about the role that MI can play in how classrooms are presented and how the year begins can start […]

Tom Co-Teaching UMSL Graduate Seminar

May 29, 2019

Tom and Dr. Mindy Bier, Associate Director for the UMSL Center for Character and Citizenship, are creating and co-teaching a course this summer, EDUC 6408 Graduate Seminar: Cultivating Virtue in Leaders. It is designed to give K-12 administrators the knowledge and tools to implement character education and SEL in their schools. The classes will be interactive, drawing from students’ experiences and perceptions, and supporting collegial growth. Students will respond to […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 28, No 8

May 23, 2019

Greetings MI Fans! We typically think of MI as a tool to help preschool and K-12 students learn, and that makes a lot of sense. What could be more logical than enabling students to learn through their intelligence-strengths? Yes, students need to master the 3 R’s, but capitalizing on their MI offers them more ways to learn. But the power of MI is just as valid with adults. Our MI […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 28, No 7

March 1, 2019

Greetings! I hope that your school year is going well and that you’re looking at students through all the facets of their intelligences potential. Having an MI perspective means recognizing that people learn differently and have different intelligence-strengths because of their MI Profile. The proof for MI is all around us. Simply look at how others learn and consider what learning approach works best for you. Some people learn linguistically […]

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