Big changes coming in our homeschooling. High School.
How? What? How much? Grading? Credit units?
Big questions swirling around. Turns out I can’t sleep when my brain is popping and fizzing, so I’m not getting as much sleep as I’d like. Writing down my ideas rather than letting them swirl yesterday did seem to make a difference in how well I slept last night. That’s a good sign.
In Manitoba, a student needs to have a minimum of 30 credit units to graduate. There are 17 required credits including math, LA, and Phys Ed in all 4 grades. A credit is roughly 110 hours of course work.
I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. A little like the gentle pace of deep, slow education has got to change. I don’t want to have a hurried and superficial approach, yet I’m unclear how to make a transcript that includes ‘time for lots of thought and personal space’.
But the things I’ve learned about calculating credits have actually inspired me and given me a feeling of possibilities. For instance, we can read books like What Color is Your Parachute, College Without High School, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and call it “Career Exploration”. It’ll be a half-credit. Work Study credits mean that Sandra could get a part-time job and earn credit. Independent reading courses mean that reading ecology books and writing about them can be a credit. Dance can be a fine art course. Soccer and running can be Phys Ed. We’ve even found courses that teach literary analysis through Tolkien and through classic films.
It turns out that brainstorming within the paradigm of credits might make us more creative.
Still feel a little flutter of apprehension about all this, though. We’ve always chosen to do less rather than more and let things sink deeper. We’ve chosen space for thinking over jumping through workbook facts.
Any thoughts from those of you who are citizens in the Land of High School?