People learn things in different ways. Some learn by watching demonstrations. Some learn better with diagrams and charts. Still others learn best by getting in there and doing something. By understanding how our students learn best, we can present new concepts in a more effective way. The first thing you’ll want to do is determine […]
One common tool in a tutor’s toolbox is the graphic organizer. What better way to help a student organize his thoughts or develop the big picture? And what would be better than 14 different graphic organizer templates that you can edit? Worksheetworks.com has a nice array of graphic organizers that you can edit to fit […]
22 experiments each in the fields of science and engineering make a perfect summer fun activity to keep ’em learning!
Hey, that’s the point, right? We all want to be able to learn anything for ourselves. And we want to keep learning our entire lives. So, as educators, how do we encourage lifelong learning? Here are 5 simple steps — things to focus on when developing a lifelong learner: 1. Exploration Lifelong learners are […]
There are simply days when we have a very difficult time concentrating. Our children are no different.
There are all kinds of ways to remove the clutter around articles that you want to pass along to your students. You can “Send to Kindle,” put your browser in Reader View, or do the old-fashioned copy and paste. Let’s add one more tool to our article-only arsenal: Outline! This great tool strips the sidebars, […]
Developed by Dr. Benjamin Bloom in 1956, Bloom’s taxonomy was designed to help educators move beyond a focus on rote learning by advancing through six categories of higher-level thinking.
In a chapter titled “Thinking Skills” in her book A Biblical Home Education, Ruth Beechick explains that we don’t need a “thinking” class. Instead we want our children to apply critical thinking skills to every subject. She relates an anecdote involving four children, five and under, whose mother has helped them think about the fact […]
We have updated our entire Bloom’s & Critical Thinking series. The purpose of the series is to provide ideas on how to incorporate critical thinking skills across the curriculum — all of the subjects, interests, and activities that our children are engaged in throughout the day. Most of these ideas are pulled from a natural […]
We all want our children to think critically about the ideas they encounter. To help this along, we often add a “critical thinking” class to the other subjects we cover. While there is undoubtedly good that can come out of certain types of critical thinking skills developed in isolation, there is a limit. A mother […]
Modern education has a problem: it tends to teach children how to take tests, rather than how to think. Students who work a practice book before a test do in fact score better on the test. They play that game to score as well as they can. But does it make them better thinkers in […]
Whether your child ends up needing a college education to pursue his profession or not, you’ll appreciate this free college prep recommended reading list from Dr. James Stobaugh at For Such a Time as This. Like all reading lists, you’ll want to preview and pick, choose, and add those titles that fit your family. Not […]