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Dolores—The Dancer

Janet Grossbach Mayer

in As Bad as They Say?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234165
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.003.0010
Dolores—The Dancer

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Dolores was a good student but an unenthusiastic one. Most of the students, but not all, are “unenthusiastic” about reading. One of the teacher's goals was to get students to like reading — for the rest of their lives. So the teacher devised a simple interest inventory, which she administered on the first or second day of school. In this way, she quickly discovers their interests outside of school. In order to be eligible to take the performance test for the few specialized high schools, somebody has to help the student put together a portfolio or a program. As Dr. Howard Gardner says no one is likely to develop an intelligence without at least some opportunities for exploration of the materials that elicit a particular intellectual strength. Miraculously almost, Dolores had developed this talent, this intelligence, outside of school, in the Bronx.

Keywords: Dolores; reading; interest inventory; performance test; specialized high schools; program; Howard Gardner; intelligence; Bronx

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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