7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

 Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define or pinpoint exactly what they are. But one group is giving it a try.

Researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched the Innovative Learning Environments project to turn an academic lens on the project of identifying concrete traits that mark innovative learning environments. They sifted through and categorized the research on learning science, documented case studies, and compiled policy recommendations they hope will transform the current system. Read more

2013 Mathletics Discount

HEA Mathletics discounted rate of 30 dollars a child is available again this year. The year will begins 1 March 2013 and ends 28 Feb 2014. Please note that this is a set year subscription, you may join anytime but the cost is the same and the year dates do not change. This discount is available to all valid HEA Members. 

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How do Kids REALLY Learn to Write

I have some radical notions about how kids can become writers.

These notions didn’t come from my school experiences as a kid, or my years as an elementary school teacher. They came, instead, from fifteen years spent homeschooling with my own kids—now nineteen, sixteen and ten—and watching them become writers. They come from a dozen years of facilitating writer’s workshops for homeschoolers—a dozen years of word-tinkering with kids. They come from twenty years spent trying to make a writer of myself. Read more

Reading Assistant Available in January

Fast ForWord's Award Winning Reading Assistant will be available in Australia by mid January 2013.

The Reading Assistant ,which is accessed online, is being used by 1000's of schools and homeschooling families across America and is proven to improve childrens' fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Visit  http://www.masterreaders.com.au/ for more details.

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U - Spring Semester 2013

Your education doesn't have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We've put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this spring for our fourth term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let's get started. Visit 

http://lifehacker.com/5974371/plan-your-free-online-education-at-lifehacker-u-spring-semester-2013 for full details.