Homeschooling has probably as many supporters as it does people who are strongly against it, and while those who homeschool often have a variety of reasons for it (a concern for the school environment and the quality of instruction available top the list), most who oppose it don’t necessarily consider homeschooling a place to look for teaching and learning advice. But if we take a quick look at in the infographic below, there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between various ‘methods’ of homeschooling and many of the tactics teachers are using to try to get away from a lecture based classroom (and often, to integrate technology, too).
- Of the five methods of homeschooling listed, three of them have strong ties to currently popular classroom teaching and learning methods.
- More homeschoolers are using technology based materials to either drive or supplement their learning.
- “Independent Study” style homeschooling uses the parent (teacher) as a guide to help the student on their learning journey rather than to teach (sounds a lot like Challenge Based Learning, no?)
- “Unschooling” style homeschooling lets the student set the direction and pace of learning based on their needs and interest. There has been a lot of press recently on integrating this style of learning into the classroom.
- A focus on one-on-one attention is obvious in homeschooling, but many parents and teachers are pushing for lower teacher to student ratios in classrooms to take advantage of more personalized attention, too.