"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Kiss Me Goodnite, Eddie!

Dear reader, I spent most of today writing my term paper that is due tomorrow. Since I am also required to present the paper tomorrow evening, I made a PowerPoint slide presentation as well.

The slide show is so that the people in the class have something to look at other than myself, dear reader, for I am pretty well petrified of the thought of giving this presentation.

As I am wont to have props and manipulatives on hand, most especially in front of a room of adults, I am enlisting my cello to be my service prop.

My presentation is on "Integrating Multiple Intelligence Theory with the Basic Student Needs of Belonging, Power, and Achievement."

8 human intelligences. We all have each and every one of them in some measure.
Like the notes of an octave.

We all have our own intelligence profile, unique and unlike no other.
How many songs can be made? I'll play snippets from a few oldies but goodies for you.

Our intelligences are made manifest in the pursuit of goals, and in the context of the pursuit.
I'm glad that you like the Ode to Joy chorus as well; I'm sorry you don't agree with my choice to play a riff from Pop Goes the Weasel at the end!

Borge, Gardner, Wences: I'll be imagining they are there in the room.

So much better than picturing people in their underwear.


The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Best of luck - you will do well! Also I'm glad your cello is getting use! Can't wait to hear all about your presentation!

I have lots of neckties said...

You probably won't see this posting before your class, but I wish you luck as well.

Aside from addressing a vastly different topic, my presentation a couple of weeks ago in Science class was similar to yours in that it incorporated both PowerPoint slides and music. No, I didn't play a musical instrument...I sang.

When I read the title of your posting, I immediately thought of Topo Gigio, the mouse puppet that appeared frequently on the Ed Sullivan Show, as did Senor Wences. Seems that kissing Eddie goodnight was really big on that show!

neroli said...

Dear Artist, thank you for your good thoughts, I appreciate them! The presentation was okay; I finally got a decent vibrato going. The only problem was that the vibrato was coming from my bow hand! (laughing)
My only hope is that I will be required to do such presentations on a regular basis, and become better...or...never have to do one again!

neroli said...

Dear Lots Of,

Thank you as well for your best wishes; now I think that singing might have been a better choice!

Of course, you are right, it was Topo Gigio! I was going for the Sullivan-show-kind of vibe in thinking about going before the class. I just forgot it was that mouse that had that particular catch phrase, not El Senor.
Thanks! I did include the image of Senor Wences that I did because I was thinking how one of our students used a fake moustache to get through the anxiety of a bus drill. I first modeled it on my hand, and drew the eyes; he asked for it himself and I was glad to comply. He and his own little hand-puppet made happy hums for the duration of the drill.
Though I could have argued bodily intelligence through the use puppetry...? Maybe next time, I will ask you to sing, and I will make my best puppet!

I have lots of neckties said...

It's very funny how puppetry has become an underlying theme in this post. I was at a thrift store last evening after work and bought, of all things, a marionette. Why, I thought to myself as I carried the stringed puppet to the checkout counter, am I buying this thing?

I could think of two reasons right off the bat: (1) the thing is only going to set me back $3.25 and (2) I've never owned a marionette.

So now I'll be scouring the Internet for instructions on how to operate a marionette.