In one of the other books I’ve read, I noticed repeated references to In Their Own Way, by Thomas
|In Their Own Way, by Thomas Armstrong, PhD|
I was a little surprised at how old this book was when I first picked it up. The pictured copy still has the little pocket in the back from before our library digitized its system! Anyway, the book was published in 1987, so I wasn’t entirely sure of how accurate the facts would be.
Of course, some of them were outdated, but the majority of the book was full of useful information. It’s about how to better mold teaching methods to the individual learning style of students.
There were quite a few excellent examples of lessons in math, science and language in each of the seven intelligences. The suggestions of using cooking or crafts to help kids learn math facts was spot on, and I wish they were used when I was still learning the basics.
The book also addressed relaxation methods and how vital it is to attend to the emotional side of each child as well. Both of those factors were woefully overlooked back then, and they’re still overlooked in general today.
One of the best things is how he offered suggestions about how each intelligence can be addressed in the classroom in very realistic ways.
In some ways, this book upset me. How many modern day adults could have benefited by the methods and ideas included in this book? How many children today can?
Even back then, 27 years ago, these ideas weren’t new. Throughout the book, Armstrong suggested other sources of information. In one part, he predicted that individualized teaching would increase in popularity, and while it may have in alternative education systems, that’s not the case in public education.
That’s pretty depressing.
The one thing I didn’t care for was his repeated denial of the existence of LDs like dyslexia. I had to keep reminding myself that the fMRI weren’t in use when this book was written, if they even existed in the first place. However, I wonder if LDs would even be concidered as disabilities if teaching was more individualized than it is today.
However, I do suggest reading this book. Even if it’s older, it still has some excellent suggestions about how to help all kids pick up information more easily. Your local library will probably have it,and it’s available through Amazon as both an e-book and a physical one.