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Teaching for Successful Intelligence

Teaching for Successful Intelligence
To Increase Student Learning and Achievement

Second Edition

July 2007 | 216 pages | Corwin
Strengthen critical thinking skills with strategies that dramatically improve student performance!

Coauthored by two internationally renowned educators and researchers, this resource helps teachers strengthen their classroom practice with lessons that promote successful intelligence—a set of abilities that allow students to adapt and succeed within their environment, make the most of their strengths, and learn to compensate for their weaknesses.

The authors demonstrate how to design instructional units that help students apply successful intelligence to solve problems and make decisions. This research-based text also includes:

Sample unit plans and 40 ready-to-use lessons illustrated with classroom examples

Proven assessment techniques to promote the development of creative, analytical, and practical thinking skills

Approaches to encourage both passive and active learning

With teacher reflection activities and suggested homework for students, this resource is ideal for strengthening students' higher-order thinking abilities and raising overall academic performance!

About the Authors
Part I. Understanding Successful Intelligence
1. What Is Successful Intelligence?
A Grizzly Bear's Lunch

Defining Successful Intelligence

The Triarchy of Thinking Abilities


2. Examining the Theory of Successful Intelligence
Does Successful Intelligence Work in the Classroom?

Why Are Conventional Notions of Intelligence Still Prevalent?

3. Successful Intelligence in Life and in School
Successful Intelligence in Life: The Changing Demands of the Larger World

Successful Intelligence in School: Giving Everybody a Fair Chance

Part II. Building Successful Intelligence Abilities
4. Teaching for Analytical Thinking
Problem Solving

Lesson 1: Identify Problem

Lesson 2: Allocate Resources

Lesson 3: Represent and Organize Information

Lesson 4: Formulate Strategy

Lesson 5: Monitor Problem Solving Strategies

Lesson 6: Evaluate Solutions

Lesson 7: Additional Prompts for Analytical Thinking

5. Teaching for Creative Thinking
The Investment View of Creativity: Buying Low and Selling High

Balancing Analytical, Creative, and Practical Abilities

Lesson 8: Redefine the Problem

Lesson 9: Question and Analyze Assumptions

Lesson 10: Sell Creative Ideas

Lesson 11: Generate Ideas

Lesson 12: Recognize the Two Faces of Knowledge

Lesson 13: Identify and Surmount Obstacles

Lesson 14: Take Sensible Risks

Lesson 15: Tolerate Ambiguity

Lesson 16: Build Self-Efficacy

Lesson 17: Uncover True Interests

Lesson 18: Delay Gratification

Lesson 19: Model Creativity

Lesson 20: Additional Prompts for Creative Thinking

6. Teaching for Practical Thinking
Lesson 21: Become Motivated

Lesson 22: Control Impulses

Lesson 23: Persevere but Don't Perseverate

Lesson 24: Use the Right Abilities

Lesson 25: Act on a Plan

Lesson 26: Become Oriented to Product

Lesson 27: Complete Tasks

Lesson 28: Make a Commitment

Lesson 29: Take a Risk

Lesson 30: Don't Procrastinate

Lesson 31: Assign Responsibility

Lesson 32: Manage Self-Pity

Lesson 33: Be Independent

Lesson 34: Handle Personal Difficulties

Lesson 35: Concentrate

Lesson 36: Schedule Accordingly

Lesson 37: Set Priorities

Lesson 38: Balance Thinking Skills

Lesson 39: Develop Self-Confidence

Lesson 40: Additional Prompts for Practical Thinking

Part III. Developing Successful Intelligence Units
7. Framing Triarchic Instruction and Assessment Units
The Nuts and Bolts of TIA

What TIA Means

What TIA Does Not Mean

The Structure of TIA Units

Pre-TIA Activities

Designing a TIA Unit

Implementing TIA

8. Putting It All Together: A Comprehensive Illustration of Lessons for Teaching for Successful Intelligence
Introduction to Unit

Unit Lesson 1: Introduction

Unit Lesson 2: Analytical

Unit Lesson 3: Practical

Unit Lesson 4: Creative

Unit Homework

Unit Assessment


Appendix: Grade Level Activities

"This book will provide valuable assistance, organization, and vision to teachers for whom lesson planning is new or challenging!"

Stephen M. Bongiovi, English Department Chair
Seaford High School, NY

"I found myself engrossed, reading every word, and quite frankly, wishing for even more! Beyond a doubt, teachers will use this book!"

Ronald W. Poplau, Instructor
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, KS

"A very useful addition to my teaching methodology! There is a need for this book!"

J. Petrina McCarty-Puhl, Science Teacher
Robert McQueen High School, Reno, NV

"From sample unit plans to activities for teachers and students alike, this guide will find a place on the shelves of any serious educator."

The Bookwatch, September 2007

Robert Jeffrey Sternberg

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He formerly was IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale. His BA is from Yale summa cum laude and his PhD is from Stanford. He also holds 13 honorary doctorates. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sternberg has been cited over 150,000 times and is among the most frequently cited authors in psychology textbooks. He is the winner of the APS Williams James Award and the APS James McKeen Cattell Award and of the... More About Author

Elena L. Grigorenko

Elena Grigorenko is associate professor of child studies and psychology at Yale University and associate professor of psychology at Moscow State University. Grigorenko has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books. She has received many professional awards, and her research has been funded by various federal and private organizations. Grigorenko has worked with children from around the world, including those living in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. More About Author

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