Issue 05 | May 4, 2012 | Delight Directed Learning

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How do you capture a passion of your student and turn it into a course?  From Lee Binz, the Home Scholar comes this explanation:  "It's possible for kids to learn things JUST because they love it! Your job as parent is to pick up the mess they leave behind, and turn it into a wonderful course description of what they have learned!  I think that is the best kind of learning!"  Some of these later turn into careers, others into great memories.

 Featured Student: Sean Wilkinson

 Sean Wilkinson, a high schooler in Yakima, Washington, had an older brother, Landon, who enjoyed writing songs and music in his spare time.  In 2008, just two weeks before the Central Washington State Fair, Landon made arrangements for two friends and Sean to join him in playing some of his songs on stage at the fair. However, before that could happen, Sean had to buy a bass guitar and learn how to play it!  A crash course was the result. But from that first concert, many more have happened. 

 Over the past four years, the group, now known as the Village Musicians, ( has played in Peru on a mission trip, has taken a tour of the West coast from Seattle to Los Angeles on which they played for 22 shows, and held a concert to raise donations for Haiti after the earthquake. Currently they are touring the state of Washington by invitation from a number of businesses and organizations. 

 This rare opportunity for the Yakima 10th grader has translated into 4 different credits on his transcript, including accounting since he serves as the group's bookkeeper.  All of these courses definitely qualify for the "Delight-Directed-Learning" category.

 So the question may arise...."How do you grade such a course?" 

 If the student loves the learning so much, and he goes way beyond what was ever expected, why wouldn't you just simply grant the grade of 100%?

Consider this:  From the level of skill your student has now achieved, what more should they learn? Work with the student to set some goals for himself and then design a plan to achieve those goals.  From there, you can grade the course based on how closely the student came to meeting the set objectives. 

 Linked to this newsletter are three grading tools (they are among many that can be found in the updated Resource Advisor that will be published by the end of this month.) *The Resource Advisor is now available in our online store!*

 For now, you can use these grading tools for assessing self-designed courses.

And many others, available on our downloads page.