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  1. Hello educators, I am a tutor and an undergrad student who is interested in learning more about the concerns and pain points of homeschooling parents, both before and during the pandemic. I am interested in knowing: -What your teaching situation looks like: your geographic location, grade level, day-to-day activities, homeschooling program, etc. -What significant issues have you experienced/are you experiencing with homeschooling right now? Thanks!
  2. CLRC is offering a course called How to Win an Argument - Research, Writing & Critical Analysis. It guides the student towards writing a historical research paper. I was wondering if anyone has tried this course. My ds has done a lot of essay writing but would like to have someone teach him how to do a research paper. I've found this course through CLRC and also the Advanced Reseach Wrting through Lukeion. The Lukeion course looks good but it's only in the Spring. Also open to any other alternatives suggestions.
  3. So my DS6 is a curious little guy, and I'm sure he'd love to be able to Google the things he is curious about. But I'm not ready to teach him how to use a search engine and open him to the wide world of anything that can get past our family protection software. So I was thinking about getting World Book installed on our computer. I found it online for only $40. (I tried to copy and paste the link, but this forum won't ever let me paste anything I've copied.) I was thinking it would be nice to have a way that he could research things on his computer without actually being online. The CD is a 2013 edition of World Book, and claims to have articles "from Arab Spring to the Hunger Games, from Jack Black to Whitney Houston." So, now I'm worried that there will be STILL be crap on there I don't want him accessing, like Britney Spears videos or something. Am I being paranoid? Does anyone have any experience with this or something similar?
  4. We spent the weekend at U Roc with middle son, so I have more answers about what his college prof feels is "wrong" with high school Bio... ;) Essentially, U Rochester is a research school and all profs do research. When one is doing research, there isn't a book in the world that can keep up with the latest "correct" info that is out there and many books are "dumbed down" so the average person (non-researcher) can understand them. This prof hasn't seen an intro Bio book he likes because they are all outdated and/or dumbed down. He feels ALL intro Bio books aimed at the college freshman are just high school level books (including AP) and isn't fond of AP in general because most students coming from it have just learned to memorize and parrot info. He wants students to think and understand concepts. He does have facts that need memorizing (names, dimensions, etc), but will give a list of, say, 35, and only put one of them on the test. A good part of the test includes situations for which he wants drawings or explanations. If you don't know the answer to a situation, putting down how you would find the answer can also get you full points (and that "find" isn't in a book!). It's an interesting situation and totally aimed at the future researcher. (Remember 78% of students who go to this school get involved in research - not all of them Bio, of course.) Many students do not like this prof as they are used to simply memorizing, then parroting and getting their A. Doing so won't fail this guy's tests, but it won't get them an A either. My guy now loves this prof, but does admit you have to know how he thinks. He got 103% on the first test and has another coming up this Thursday. We'll see how it goes. A couple of specific examples with things this guy considers "wrong" are "messenger DNA" (not a good name nor description of what it is) and bonding energies (vague and not explained well in texts). An interesting side is that we have a teacher at school who also teaches at our local cc and has argued with me that ALL college intro bio classes are the exact same from his cc class to Ivies. I've tried disputing that with him, but he is adamant that Bio is Bio and you simply can't diverge from that fact. I took him a copy of middle son's first test answer key. He looked at it for a mere few seconds and started arguing, "Why are they asking that? (regarding dimensions of molecules and parts) Only someone getting involved in detailed nuclear research is going to need to know that info!" I then tried to mention that this is a research school... and kids are being prepared for that research. He wasn't impressed. I don't know if he'll continue his argument that all Bio classes are the same anymore though. ;) The vast majority of kids in this Bio class come in having had AP from Campbell's text. Middle son told me they did a quick review and sort of a pretest in the first two weeks, but then moved on to new material. A student coming in without AP level work would need to do a bit of extra to be caught up and still learn the new material. It would be tough. U Roc does offer AP credit for Bio, but mainly for non-majors. Some who take the credit, but continue in Bio get placed into Bio 112 instead of Bio 110. My guy tells me that is essentially the same class - just with a different prof. It appeases those who expect credit for AP scores. ;) I hope this answers a few questions you may have had. Both middle son and I absolutely love the school, but it's definitely a school for the research loving student. It's not a school for someone simply wanting "a" degree for box checking to get a job or someone just wanting to learn what is already known vs the cutting edge of unknown. BTW, the same goes for his Chem class, but they use their book more for problems. His Calc class does a lot of "extra" math besides Calc - making sure students have skills (easy for my guy, but some struggle - remember - no graphing calculator and a LOT of variables rather than numbers). His BCS (brain and cognitive science) intro class learns not only about different areas of the brain, but also a bit about the current research going on (and results from it) with those different areas and damage/injuries, etc associated with them. Youngest loved the school too. I just wish we could find a similar school that did a lot with botany and still had a more open curricula. Since he wants tropical and botany, Rochester doesn't really fit. Plus, he might not be able to handle the math... esp coming from our ps.
  5. Hi, I have a 13 year old. I want to improve her skills in writing, research. Can you recommend some books which will help? Her reading is very strong. However, writing, organization and research is lagging behind. It would be good to have something structured (at least initially). Ideally I am looking for a set of exercises which I can follow. The well trained mind book had exercises for elementary/middle schoolers. Wondering if there is something for 8th graders. Thanks, - Nilanjan
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