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Once you have determined that you do need the structure for your student that Independent Work Lists provide for your school, there are many questions to answer and decisions to make. And these decisions will be different according to ages.
Here are some tips for using Independent Work Lists With Elementary Children:
This week’s Wondering Wednesday answers readers’ questions about how to implement Independent Work Lists for children, especially junior high and high school by using daily check lists. (See the podcast episodes that introduces the concepts of Daily Duties and talks about using charts and lists, work order, teaching independence, and more in last week’s Wondering Wednesday podcast episode here.)
(1) ALL (or nearly all) of a degree earned through CLEPs (2) CLEP in lieu of taking courses in your degree (to save time and money)
ALL CLEP (or Nearly All) Considerations
1. Super great study skills/tester 2. Doesn’t mind having a less “distinguished degree” 3. Is getting a less specialized degree (more liberal arts/humanities/social
work/history/psychology, communications, etc.) 4. Can save TONS of money (especially over living on campus and getting a degree)
Donna Reish, of Character Ink Press and Raising Kids With Character, brings you this episode about CLEP testing for college credit. Donna describes the two primary reasons for taking CLEP (College Level Equivalency Program) tests: (1) To test out of an entire degree (or most of it); (2) To earn college credit towards a degree that the student will be pursuing or is pursuing. She explains the steps her family has gone through to use the CLEP for both approaches (as some classes toward a nursing degree, for 3/4 of a degree, and for all of a degree except for two classes for which there were no tests available). She then details the steps you will want to go through to get the most out of this college testing option, focusing on how to decide if a student would be a good CLEP candidate, how to choose the exams to take, and how to prepare for the exams.
Seventh Grade: Teach your student to apply his grammar learning to writing.
While my students often groan when they are told to mark the Checklist Challenge for that week’s homework assignment, they know (and I know) that it really does help. A student just told me this week that her sister had her scan and email her a copy of her Checklist Challenge to use in college—because she had used our CC for every writing project and knew how helpful it can be in revising writing…..
Fifth Grade:Teach students that a paragraph is a unit of thought.
Paragraph division is a difficult concept for students, especially when you don’t teach a paragraph as a unit of thought early on. This week’s tip teaches my strategy for making sure that kids beginning with their very first paragraph understand that a paragraph is a unit of thought.
Fifth Grade: Teach students that a paragraph is a unit of thought.
It is often in third, fourth, or fifth grade that students are expected to write more than one paragraph in a report, essay, or story. This is the point at which students start writing—and have no idea where to divide paragraphs (and sometimes where/when to end the paper!).