Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.
George F Kennan (1904–2005)
Policy Planning Study 23
US State Department, 1948
The Story of Paula
I like to tell stories. In case you didn't know stories are magical. Even the beginnings are magical. Many stories begin with the words "Once upon a time" but this story doesn't - in fact it can't because this story has happened before, it's happened many times - it's happening right now, somewhere, in some school or another. So to say once upon a time - well the words wouldn't be right. And what is a story if the words aren't right? A story with the wrong words is like a magic spell with no magic. It's like a sunny day with no sun. It's like a school without learning. No, that can't be right? Whoever heard of a school without learning? I'll change that, it's like a school where the learning comes out wrong. A school where the learning is negative. This story is about a girl called Paula. Oh, I should tell you something. This story is true.
Once upon a somewhen there was a little girl, her name was Paula. When she was old enough Paula went to school. But for some reason Paula and school just didn't get on. Paula was a graceful child. She had poise, she had dignity. She had difficulty learning her lessons. She had so much difficulty that the school gave her a special label. The school called her learning disabled. Paula grew to really dislike school. And the more she disliked it, the more trouble she had learning and the further behind the other children she got. By fifth grade she was several grades behind her classmates. She was very unhappy. In fact she was so unhappy that that summer Paula tried to commit suicide. She had poise. She had grace. She had dignity. She tried to snuff them out like a candle. She tried to take her gifts from the world.
But gifts are for giving.
Paula tried to commit suicide. She failed. But back in school her teacher suddenly noticed Paula's grace, her poise and dignity. She noticed how Paula moved. She had an idea that Paula was 'body smart' and that she would benefit from a kinaesthetic approach. Her teacher asked her to create a "movement alphabet". Paula did even more. She created a dance. She danced spelling. She danced her name, she danced words, she danced whole sentences. She even performed her dance for the whole class. Her self-esteem increased. By the end of the sixth grade she had caught up in reading. By the end of the seventh she was mainstreamed in all classes and received above average grades. What a turn around! It happened because her teacher MATCHED the learning task with Paula's dominant intelligence. It happened because her teacher STRETCHED Paula's abilities, getting her to use her Intelligences coherently. It happened because her teacher CELEBRATED her success by allowing Paula to demonstrate her new skills to the class. What Paula's teacher did, we can do. We can match our students, we can stretch our students and we can celebrate our success together.
Adapted from Paula's Dance (Campbell, L. Cambell, B. & Dickinson, D. Teaching and Learning through Multiple Intelligences Campbell & Associates, Inc 1992)
- Top Page
- Across The Table
- Add One More
- Be A Monster!
- Black Hole (board game)
- Bombs Away!
- Co-operative Quiz
- Dice Stack
- Fast Food Tag
- Find My Number
- Find The Penny
- The Happy Game
- Line Up!
- Maze Challenge
- Natty Narration
- Nose Nose Nose
- One Step Forward!
- Pair Fluency Match 7 - Death Wish
- Pair Fluency Match 7 - Go Green!
- Parrot Parade
- Passport Control
- Reach The Top!
- Tickle Time
- What Cards
- Which One?
- Whose Shoe?
- World Cup Football 2018
- You, You, Me!
- Wake Up
- Songs and Music
- Strips (songs and otherwise)
- The 75th Anniversay of the bombing of Hiroshima
- The 75th Anniversay of the bombing of Nagasaki
- Cars in Japan
- Coronavirus Olympics
- Forest Bathing
- Japan and the Summit
- Japan and World War Two
- Multiculural Japan?
- Olympics Two Tokyos
- Plastic in Japan
- Return to Fukushima
- The Anniversary too Important to Cancel
- Typhoon Jebi
- Yayoi Kusama's Infinity
- This Week In History
- January, February, March
- April, May, June
- Sub Menu Item
- This Week in History: April 8-10
- This Week in History: April 12-15
- This Week in History: April 19-24
- This Week in History: April 24-26
- This Week in History: May 6-11
- This Week in History: May 11-14
- This Week in History: May 18-23
- This Week in History: May 25-31
- This Week in History: June 1-5
- This Week in History: June 11-14
- This Week in History: June 22-27
- This Week in History: June 15-21
- This Week in History: June 29 - July 5
- July, August, September
- This Week in History: July 6-12
- Sub Menu Item
- This Week in History: July 14-19
- This Week in History: July 27-31
- This Week in History: August 2- 6
- This Week in History: August 17-21
- This Week in History: August 27-30
- This Week in History: August 31 - September 6th
- This Week in History: September 7-13
- This Week in History: September 22-27
- This Week in History: September 14-20
- This Week in History: September 28 - October 4
- October, November, December