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Excellent Example of Learning Math Through Puzzles

December 26, 2011

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These guys have created hundreds of programs that teach math without language through puzzles: Teaching Math Without Words, A Visual Approach to learning Math from MIND Research Institute  

Learning At Its Best – The Progress Principle

December 26, 2011

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I just tried to teach my sister-in-law how to play the guitar. She initially struggled, unable to get her fingers to conform to simple chords and make it sound right. So we backed off on that and just had her try to get a clean note on a single string. She was able to do […]

Two Observations

December 24, 2011

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An hour spent doing what you want passes so quickly, while an hour spent doing what you don’t want passes infinitely slower. A baby sleeping is a glorious thing.

Testing Is Ridiculous – There Has To Be A Better Way

December 20, 2011

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At a societal level, with public schools, we need to have some measure of accountability. We can’t simply blindly trust that a school is well run and that the students are receiving a great education (hell, we probably can’t even agree on what a great education is). Right now multiple choice testing is the only […]

Doodling = Creativity?

December 17, 2011

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Yesterday I wrote: Creativity requires a wandering mind. You can expect to foster creativity when you’re telling the kid that’s spacing out and doodling in the corner that they need to pay attention. They’re literally being creative right then. To be fair, that statement was a little over the top, but I would say that […]

A Co-Op Experience

December 16, 2011

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Interesting article about a parent dealing with educating their kindergardener through a parent co-op. The Pre-K Underground I don’t have any issues with this approach. Generally speaking I’m not very enthusiastic about what most traditional schools have to offer, so an environment that provides greater flexibility could be a very good thing. But parents shouldn’t […]

Exploring Sumerhill

December 16, 2011

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The Summerhill School seems to be another great example of the power of autonomy in education. Although I haven’t dug in too much Summerhill School seems to focus on two main principles: Non-mandatory classes: you don’t have to go to class if you don’t want to. Self-governing school: the students and adults all have an […]