Issue 61 | October 4, 2013 | Goals-based Course Descriptions
As your academic year launches, we are happy to help you in any way we can.
Also, there's big news coming soon about NARHS that will affect us all in a very positive way. More later!
INSIDE NARHS: Three Ways to Help
Writing course descriptions with objectives can be tricky. Communicating with your advisor is perfectly reasonable when needing that kind of assistance. We have seen many, many course descriptions and can lend a few ideas. Or we can walk you through filling out the Goals-Based Grading Tool, which serves as a mini-course description.
If motivation is an issue, we have a couple of books we can recommend:
The Motivation Breakthrough (6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-Out Child) by Richard Lavoie, even though written for a classroom teacher, has many excellent principles that would apply to home schooling as well.
Bringing Out the Best in People (How to Enjoy Helping Others Excel) by Alan Loy McGinnis is my personal favorite. The book was written in 1985, but has gone through 20-some printings. You can find it used on Amazon for a penny, but the wisdom found in the book is priceless.
If personal work habits are the issue, go through The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. We have a 31-page study guide for the book that we can send you electronically, free-of-charge (for registered NARHS students). If the guide is fully completed, turn it in with the portfolio for .25 credit of social studies.