After beginning our second day in Malta, we are truly starting to immerse ourselves in the Maltese culture. We have indulged in Pastizzi, a Maltese pastry made of mashed peas and cheese while interacting with local natives.
The second day of the conference began with keynote speaker Robert Sternberg of Tufts University. After learning about his theory of intelligence in both undergrad and graduate school, we were a little bit star-struck. Sternberg discussed the WICS (Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized) model that he and his colleagues have developed for instruction and assessment purposes. This model not only looks at the traditional definition of intelligence (IQ tests), but also examines other areas of functioning and how it pertains to the overall well-being of the child. Moreover, this approach integrates the strengths of the varying degrees of assessment that we have learned in our classes at The Chicago School.
So far we are enriching our education, connecting with future colleagues, and of course, having a great time.
Until next time,
Ashley, Caryn, Lauren, and Mandi