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Five Characteristics of Intelligent Behavior

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Ryan Brent

on 12 October 2014

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Transcript of Five Characteristics of Intelligent Behavior

Five Characteristics of Intelligent Behavior
(Kellough & Kellough p.78, 2011)
Another characteristic of intelligence is persistence in achieving a goal( Kellough & Kellough, 2011). Two ways I can foster this characteristic in my classroom are positively reinforcing good work and encouraging students to edit(Kellough & Kellough, 2011). Students need to believe that they are capable of greatness and encouragement is a great way to foster this belief (Kellough & Kellough, 2011). Students also need to learn that persistence is the way to perfection and in English class this can be highlighted through placing importance on editing and revision(Kellough & Kellough, 2011). Students should be encouraged to create several drafts before they are satisfied with a final product( Kellough & Kellough, 2011).
"Taking Responsible Risks"
(Kellough & Kellough p78, 2011)
Risk taking is another characteristic of intelligence that can be supported in the classroom( Kellough & Kellough, 2011). Students can be encouraged to take risks by simply getting out of their comfort zone. Any activity that asks students to do something they are not used to can support them in taking risks as long as students feel safe and supported while doing so (Kellough & Kellough, 2011). An example of this would be challenging students to write their own poetry and then share it with the class. If students learn that they are safe taking risks, they will do so more often and this will foster intelligence in the classroom (Kellough & Kellough, 2011).
"Drawing on Knowledge and Applying it to New Solutions"(Kellough & Kellough p.77, 2011)

Utilizing prior information to solve a new problem is a characteristic of intelligence (Kellough & Kellough, 2011). One way that I can support and encourage this behavior in my class is to assign a project that challenges students to take the material we have learned and use it to solve a real problem in the community (Kellough & Kellough, 2011). For example, students could select a local issue and use the persuasive writing techniques they have learned in class to try and solve the issue or persuade others to agree with them on the topic.
"Listening with Understanding and Empathy"
(Kellough & Kellough p 78, 2011)
Being able to empathize with others has also been linked to intelligence (Kellough & Kellough, 2011). One way this behavior can be fostered in the classroom is to challenge students to get in pairs and select opposing sides of an argument or writing prompt. Students can practice listening to each side and showing empathy toward the opposing view as a way to foster this characteristic of intelligence (Kellough & Kellough, 2011). This can be combined with a lesson on addressing counter claims in essays, as it brings to life the way each side feels about the other and challenges students to think about the topic from the opposite perspective.
"Finding Humor"
(Kellough & Kellough p 78, 2011)
Humor has been linked to intelligence and encouraging students to utilize it in their project is a way to foster intelligence in the classroom (Kellough & Kellough, 2011). An example of supporting this in English class would be challenging students to create humorous short stories. This could even be combined with the risk taking characteristic if teachers challenge students to share these with the class (Kellough & Kellough, 2011).
Kellough, R. & Kellough, N. (2011)
Secondary School Teaching: A Guide to Methods and Resources
(4th ed.)77-78. Pearson.
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