Born to Learn
A fun, thought-provoking series of animations that illustrate ground-breaking new discoveries about how humans learn.
Five Educational Philosophies
Essentialism, Progressivism, Perennialism Existentialism, and Behaviorism. Taken together, these five schools of thought do not exhaust the list of possible educational philosophies you may adopt, but they certainly present strong frameworks from which you can create your own educational philosophy.
Implicit versus Explicit Learning
The ability to play the game versus knowing the rules of the game. By Renée Fuller, Ph.D.
Learning Styles and Hemispheric Dominance
Is your learning style at odds with that of your child’s? Even though I am a very patient person and consider myself to be attuned to my children and their needs, I became extremely frustrated by the fact that many of the resources I found natural to use did not seem to appeal to my children. By Karen Gibson.
Failing To Succeed
Unfortunately, when people concentrate on trying to avoid failure rather than trying to succeed, problems arise. By Billy Greer.
How do Homeschooling Parents Know their Children are Learning?
By Jan Hunt. The answer to this question is, to put it most simply, direct observation.
by Peter C. Brown
Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.
Much Too Early
This popular author and Professor of Child Development explains the realistic educational needs of young children. By David Elkind.
AN A TO Z ARTICLE
Are the children learning? Should you test? Must you test? If you must, how do you locate testing services? From your Homeschooling Guide.
The Self-Directed Learner
Critical and Creative Thinking – Bloom’s Taxonomy
Benjamin Bloom (1956) developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior in learning. This taxonomy contained three overlapping domains: the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. Within the cognitive domain, he identified six levels: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
An Indian physicist puts a PC with a high speed internet connection in a wall in the slums and watches what happens. He calls this method of computer literacy education “Noninvasive education.”
The Importance of Pleasure in Play
We learn best when we are having fun. Play, more than any other activity, fuels healthy development of children – and the continued healthy development of adults. More articles byBruce Duncan Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
Islands of Expertise
Why do children become such specialists? “Islands of expertise” is a term coined by Kevin Crowley, Ph.D., an educational researcher at University of Pittsburgh who studies the ways that children and parents learn together in museums. by Eric D. Gyllenhaal.
Project Zero’s Research Projects
Research at Harvard, lead by Howard Gardner, into how to help your child develop thinking strategies for creative problem solving.