Engaged Learning

Here are some resources about Engaged Learning. Note that many of these are about qualities that are absent, difficult to implement, or seen as innovations in public education settings; however, they are often cultivated and present among families who practice Engaged Homeschooling.

“Benefits of Homeschooling: Inquiry-Based Learning”
I wrote this for TheHomeSchoolMom, noting findings reported by Scientific American that informal environments allow for inquiry — which leads to critical thinking and engagement —  more effectively than typical schools.

“Genius Hour” is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in school classrooms.  It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school, with powerful results. Read about the impact at the Genius Hour website.

“Homeschooling develops the habit of engagement.”
In “Homeschooling is About Creating Good Habits”. Penelope Trunk. 1.25.13.

Presence Not Praise: How to Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement, by Maria Popova, BrainPickings

Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals by Luba Vangelova for Mind/Shift, 11.13.13

How A Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses
by Joshua Davis for Wired Magazine, 10.15.13

Delaying formal academics and the importance of play, University of Cambridge, 9.24.13
School Starting Age: The Evidence

A Hungarian communications company uses a class of schoolchildren to show how creativity can be affected by time. Watch how, by giving the children the same task twice, but with different time restraints, the results are changed.    How Creativity is Affected by Time

Blocking Engagement: Creating Disaffection 

How to Destroy A Child’s Learning in 15 Easy Steps

Why Young Kids are Struggling with Common Core Math

Setting Up Children to Hate Reading

The Wrong Way to Teach Writing


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