Thursday, August 19, 2010

Love to Learn

The title of this homeschool conference says it all. Don't all educators-- both home and public-- wish that their students would "love to learn?"

The student and adult participants who came to my two workshops last Saturday demonstrated this desire. I was pleased that several attendees learned how to use muscle words (click on this link and select "download now" for the handout) at my first session, "Jazz Up Your Writing," and then applied these skills when they wrote descriptive paragraphs in the second session, "Learn from the Masters." Time was short but participants wrote FAST and imaginative characters and sensory settings bloomed as a result of quick collaboration.

When I wasn't teaching, I spoke with parents about Maupin House books,
and shared table space with Triangle Education Assessments.
Debbie Thompson, founder

If you are a home educator in need of testing materials, I would encourage you to check out their resources.

Carolyn Justice, tester

One of their books is A Concise Guide for Homeschool Families Planning For High School, which Carolyn wrote.

By the end of the day young entrepreneurs had set up space next to us and demonstrated innovative uses of duct tape. With colorful and designed tape they made and sold wallets purses, tiaras, and flip-flops. Now, here are two creative kids showing their love for learning--on the spot!



elysabeth said...

It's funny because not only were they selling the duct tape creations, one of the kids running the hallway actually tried to sell me back a prize he had won from me. You got hand to them though - I hope they didn't get in trouble for trying to sell their wares since all "vendors" had to give 10% back to the school for selling - and if they were just selling - they could cause problems for others - but it was all fun. I tried to get to one of your workshops but it was kind of crazy - lol - I had a blast again. See you in the postings - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-states, mystery, trivia series

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Write2ignite said...

I use Triangle Education Assessments as my resource for end of year testing. Wonderfully nice folks!

Wish I could have been at the conference. Hope you had a blast!

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