MistyMountain Posted February 8, 2012 Share Posted February 8, 2012 Now that I am really considering homeschooling I have been more interested in knowing more about different methods of teaching. I also have been touring charter/ alternative schools in my area and have an idea what they use since I been asking about curriculum. With the exception of one school I been pretty underwhelmed with what they are using. I am only touring schools with decent scores and what I thought were decent educational methods. I love that we have immersion options but aside from the immersion they aren't strong programs. A lot of the schools start with whole words/sight words and some say that is there method of teaching reading. Some start in kindergarten and then do phonics in first. A few schools couldn't even tell me exactly what they do or what they use just that thy don't use what the school district does which is houghton mifflin. A lot of the schools don't have grades and expect the students to be the judge of how thy are doing. They have big open classrooms that seem pretty distracting. They have mixed grades but then have to come up with something for a 1st grader who isn't really reading yet and a 2nd grader who is a proficient reader. They teach the class something and break them into small groups. Some schools use the new math. I'm not overly impressed with the academics with one exception but these schools get good scores on great schools. Each school uses different methods and they all say it is based on research on education indicating that is the best. Where are they getting their research from that says to teach with sight words and that group instruction is best? Why do they keep changing educational padagogy but we end up with less educated kids over time. There seems to be a huge push for child lead learning and different methods but it seems like rigorous schools are falling by the wayside. All kids are different and not every kid is the same so I don't think a one size fit all approach will work for every kid. What research is out there on educational methods? Which studies are poorly done and which ones are good studies on the topic. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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