Education

Clear expectations

In my last post, I wrote about the power of self-assessment, in which a student uses a grading scheme to award him or herself a grade rather than simply receiving a grade from an outside authority. The logical follow-up is the topic of setting clear expectations for what type of work will earn a good grade. Continue reading …

The power of self-assessment

Self-assessment is a powerful learning tool, as I was just reminded when going over a writing assignment with my fourth grade son. Self-assessment means that the student uses a detailed rubric to grade his own work.
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Comparing apples and oranges?

I’ve been asked to use my experience as a teacher to compare children who have hands-on home schooling experiences with “regular” kids. Are they so different? Do they have special qualities? The answers are framed in the context of sailing children, but apply equally to children from any non-traditional educational settings.
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Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says

By Hannah Richardson, BBC News education reporter, 23 March 2013
Reposted here from bbc.co.uk/news

Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says. Dr. Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.
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Lesson Plans To Go

Your ticket to a learning journey - anywhere! Lesson Plans To Go is for any parent interested in taking an active part in their children’s education, as well as for home schooling families. Rich educational opportunities arise when exploring and inquiring in informal settings: from the backyard to the beach, in museums and parks, or during a vacation or camper trip. But valuable, transferable learning won’t just happen by itself. The hands-on units in this book will make learning explicit, focused, and enjoyable. An introductory section, Tips for Teaching, describes how to make the most of field trips, design interdisciplinary units, and link selected units to published educational standards.

Also available on Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.ca / Amazon.com.au

Ten detailed units include:

  • Science: Model the lunar cycle, dissect a fish, and try chemistry.
  • Mathematics: Graph resource use and study geometry.
  • Writing: Develop journal, non-fiction, and creative writing skills.
  • History: Bring the voyages of Columbus and Lewis & Clark to life.
  • Navigation: Compass use, hands-on mapping, and more.
  • Physical Education: Study heart rate and exercise – anywhere!

Each unit includes detailed information on:

  • Activities and assignments that your child will enjoy.
  • Age-Appropriate Adaptations for ages 4-12 in detail.
  • Tips for cross-curricular links and enrichment.
  • Suggested resources to support learning.
  • Materials required (selected for practicality).

Plus sections that detail how to:

  • Make the most of field trips.
  • Design interdisciplinary units.
  • Link selected units to published educational standards.

Useful appendices, including:

  • Other topics for hands-on studies.
  • Sample unit breakdowns.
  • Cross-reference to academic standards.

Connect experience to education as a family, and reap the rewards!

Lesson Plans Ahoy!

Sailing can be a rich educational experience for children - but valuable, transferable learning won’t just happen by itself. Whether you’re setting off on a summer cruise, crossing an ocean, or committing to a year or more of home schooling, Lesson Plans Ahoy will make learning relevant and enjoyable. This expanded edition includes a new section on the how-to’s of home schooling on a boat with everything parents need to choose or design their own program.

Also available on Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.ca / Amazon.com.au / Barnes & Noble

Connect experience to education with ten detailed units, including:

  • Science: Model the lunar cycle, dissect a fish, and try chemistry.
  • Mathematics: Graph resource use and study geometry.
  • Writing: A thorough primer for journal, non-fiction, and creative writing.
  • History: Bring the voyages of Columbus and Captain Cook to life.
  • Navigation: Compass use, hands-on mapping, and more.
  • Physical Education: Study heart rate and exercise – on your boat!

Each unit includes detailed information on:

  • Materials required - selected for practicality on a boat.
  • Activities and assignments that your child will enjoy.
  • Age-Appropriate Adaptations for ages 4-12 in detail.
  • Tips for cross-curricular links and enrichment.
  • Suggested resources to support learning.

Plus sections that detail:

  • The pros and cons of packaged versus self-designed programs.
  • Strategies for schooling on board.
  • Structuring a curriculum from overall plan to daily lessons.

Useful appendices, including:

  • Resources, Interdisciplinary Units, and Field Trips.
  • Sample unit breakdowns.
  • Cross-reference to academic standards in national and state curricula (US, UK, Canada, and Australia).

Connect experience to education as a family, and reap the rewards!

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