Student-Directed Learning

I started this unit by comparing this course to a fancy restaurant with a very weird rule: You can order anything you want from the menu, but you must consume 1,000 calories by midnight.

Soon, I hope, you'll get a chance to choose from the menu yourself. Here is what I mean:

In a typical class, your teacher might say: "Here is your next assignment; it's worth 100 points."

In this class, I'm more likely to say: "Your goal for this week is to earn ____ points. How you earn those points is up to you." Then I'll let you pick whatever lessons (or projects) you want to work on.

Of course, some assignments are mandatory; there's no way to get around that. But much of the time, you will have some choice over which assignments you do. As long as you earn the required number of points by the end of the week, all is good.

How Do I Earn Points?

At the risk of oversimplifying things, there are four main ways that you can earn points:

    1. You read something, and then you take a quiz to prove that you have read it and understood it. (1 point per correct answer)
    2. You write something. (1 point for every 10 words)
    3. You do typing exercises on Typing Club. (1 point per star)
    4. You participate in a class activity. (points vary)

Within that framework, there's a lot of flexibility.

Are your typing skills poor? Then concentrate on typing.

Are you already an expert typist? Then don't waste your time on Typing Club. There are many other skills you can learn and practice.

Do you hate to write? I understand. But in that case, you're going to have to work harder at some of the units that don't require much writing, such as:

Do you love to write? Wonderful! Write me a beautiful, 60,000-word novel, and I can pretty much guarantee that you will pass this class, even if you don't do anything else.

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.