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Thomas Edison on inventing

Posted by freeschool on January 18, 2008

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

– Thomas Edison


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Mastering math and science learning

Posted by freeschool on January 11, 2008

Pickthebrain directs us on how to master math and science learning.  The strategies include:

  • Get comfortable with your formulas.
    • Start off by keeping a special section of your notebook specifically for formulas. As you learn new ones, write them down. Review your formula list as often as possible, at least a few times a week. You don’t need to spend a lot of time — it’s more important to review frequently. The idea is to build familiarity.
  • Do problems
    • They only way to get this knowledge is experience.

You’ll also find that memorizing important formulas and working through problems will improve your understanding of the broader concepts and how they fit together.

via LifeHack 

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Dangerous things you should let your kids do

Posted by freeschool on December 24, 2007

“Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, talks about our new wave of overprotected kids — and spells out 5 (and really, he’s got 6) dangerous things you should let your kids do. Allowing kids the freedom to explore, he says, will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer.” See the video here.  Via Parent Hacks.

Here are the six things:

  1. Play with fire.
  2. Own a pocket knife.
  3. Throw a spear.
  4. Deconstruct appliances.
  5. Break the DMCA.
  6. Drive a car.

Watch the video to see why you should let your kids do these dangerous things.
See also The Dangerous Book for Boys and the Daring Book for Girls.


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