Full course descriptions are available at our website - www.fascinatingeducation.com . Following are a few notes from the author - Dr. Sheldon Margulies:
Learning is serious stuff. It’s not all about games and animated adventures. That doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable. Many kids see science as something only the smart kids can understand.
The curricula utilize the following teaching techniques developed over a 30 year career of studying the brain and teaching more than 2500 medical students and residents:
1. In chemistry, for example, the big picture is that there are about 100 atoms in the periodic table, and while they bond to each other to form molecules, they only use one of four ways to bond to each other. If you understand which of the four bonds was used, you will understand the properties of the resulting molecule. Giving kids the big picture up front allows them to understand why they are learning a particular topic, because they see where it fits. You know students are oriented when they ask, “Is this going to be on the test?” In other words, why am I learning this, because right now I see no relevance to it except to be tested on it.
2. I try not to clutter the illustrations with too many distracting and unnecessary details. The illustrations develop bit by bit, each new bit narrated in .
3. Visualizing what the teaching is trying to say adds a whole new dimension to learning. Textbooks are limited in this regard, because students not only have to translate the text into language understand, they then have to form a mental image of what the author is trying to say. I skip all that and provide the image up front, which greatly speeds up the learning by cutting out the drudgery and getting right to the point.
4. Of course, there is some math knowledge needed to use much of the science learned, but it still doesn’t distract from understanding the concepts). Starting from scratch, Presenting the material slowly and clearly gives students no opportunity to throw up their hands and announce, “I can’t do this; it’s too hard.” If a student doesn’t understand, it’s on me, because I’m not explaining it properly.
5. Rote memorization and definitions don’t help you understand science. Asking why prompts answers that beg other, deeper questions, and before long the students have covered a lot of material simply by looking at things and asking why. Kids want to know how their world works – why their hair curls and how to make it straight, why baseballs curve, why it rains, how ships float, how steam engines work.
6. Once or twice within each lesson, and again at the end of the lesson, I stop and review what we’ve learned up to that point. Then at the end of each lesson is a test and each test is followed by answers to the test. For many questions, especially ones that involve math, I explain how I worked out the answer.
7. Each curriculum covers all the standard topics taught in a high school curriculum. By using illustrations to explain science, each curriculum is less than 20 lessons. Even if each lesson is viewed two or even three times, .
8. In 2008, I used my audiovisual approach to teach biology 1 hour a week to 96 juniors at Dunbar High School in Baltimore. At the end of the year, I taught. On the Maryland School Assessment for Biology, 86% of the students passed that year. Here is a graph of the HSA pass rates before I taught Fascinating Biology in 2008.
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Fascinating Education uses an audio-visual technique to teach science in a step-by-step manner using plain English and clear illustration. This “right-hemispheric” learning approach takes advantage of the brain’s ability to process images more efficiently and more effectively than just reading text.
Fascinating Education makes each subject relevant to the learner, eliciting curiosity in an environment that is more interested in teaching you scientific principles than in making you memorize facts and definitions. This is a great alternative for anyone wanting to learn the sciences, prepare for a test, or prepare for an upcoming school year in advance… whether it’s chemistry, biology or physics.
A course from Fascinating Education is a quick study; useful for any student enrolled in public school, private school, home school, or just plain interested in science.
Dr. Sheldon Margulies (the creator of Fascinating Education) is uniquely qualified to create science curricula for middle and high school students. Being a neurologist, he understands how the brain works; including how we learn, how we focus our attention, how we retrieve information, and how emotion and motivation affect learning.
Dr. Margulies is the author of The Fascinating Body – How it Works, Everyday Doctoring, and Learning Law – The Mastery of Legal Logic.
To learn more about Fascinating Education, please visit our site at www.fascinatingeducation.com .