Thinking "Outside the Box" Education

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Let Your Technology Help You Learn

Technology has brought so many wonderful ways to learn and get educated to the palms of our hands. Almost everyone who has a Smartphone has an e-book on it. People who use social media networking sites like Facebook are offered access to webinars on a daily basis. Google has made it easy for people to look each other in the face and learn together. Another new way of learning things is Twitter. A lot of information is shared 140 characters at a time and an incredible amount of information can be learned. ...more

Bibliophiles, Bookstores and Endings

My mom was a school librarian for 30 years. She retired before 60 as she began working in her early 20s and never stopped. When she told me she was calling it quits, I teased her all the time. “You’re not ready to retire,” I always said. I couldn’t see this smart, vibrant woman no longer getting up and going to work every day.  My picture of retirement was limited to occasional volunteering and philanthropic work. Traveling. All great things she’d done in the past, but things I couldn’t picture her doing in lieu of being in a school library....more
@Karen Ballum I'm with you Karen.  We no longer have any easily accessible bookstores. They are ...more

All This #!(*&^$ Homework!

I'm averaging one and a half to two hours a night on homework.And I'm not even the one who's in school. ...more

Studying math geniuses who are blind may create new ways to teach kids math

This is pretty fascinating: A researcher from the University of Hull studied people who have been blind since birth while they did math in their head. Here's what she found from this particular group:1. The blind volunteers showed outstanding estimation skills - even better than the volunteers who weren't blind! That in itself contradicts the idea that vision is essential to develop advanced math skills.2. One theory is that blind people need to assess their surrounding with math more than sighted people - counting the number of steps to their apartment, for example....more

Let Your Technology Help You Learn

Technology has brought so many wonderful ways to learn and get educated to the palms of our hands. Almost everyone who has a Smartphone has an e-book on it. People who use social media networking sites like Facebook are offered access to webinars on a daily basis. Google has made it easy for people to look each other in the face and learn together. Another new way of learning things is Twitter. A lot of information is shared 140 characters at a time and an incredible amount of information can be learned. ...more

Get Your Kids Ready for Back-To-School

It happens every Fall, parents re-evaluate their children's school, to make sure they're getting the best education. It's also important to have a back-to-school checklist to make they are healthy and ready for the books.Mom Generations blogger and mother of five, Audrey McClelland knows all about getting kids ready for the classroom. She shares some things that we can do to be more involved, and to make sure that our kids are ready to learn. ...more

Serving is Not My Love Language

“Five more minutes, everyone.  Will that be good enough to wrap up your work?”General agreement murmured across the classroom by way of a visual cue from approximately twenty percent of my graduate students. Looking up from their group work, they made eye contact with me and affirmatively nodded....more

American Education & The Need to Learn How to Learn

A version of this post was published at Urban Moo Cow as part of the Around the World Parenting Blog Carnival. Several bloggers got together to discuss parenting and our thoughts on Christine Gross-Loh's new book, Parenting Without Borders. This week we wrote about education. Image Credit: jbachman01 via Flickr...more
@ItsAllRelative Argh, how sad. I don't think parents should have to teach children whole ...more

An Ordinary Family Making a Not So Ordinary Choice About School

Did I ever mention I am a homeschooler?...more
@txfamilyof7 I like to think of it more that we've chosen to try something new, which is in line ...more