There are many skills that make the Graduation Program more manageable for our students. These are competencies that need to be built over time. Whether high school is just around the corner or a few years away, it is important to start building these skills now.
During the grad program years, teachers want your student(s) to be able to show their own learning. They want direct communication with the student(s) they are teaching, assessing and evaluating. Students are expected to be independently motivated to move through the grad program with goals for their adult life driving the building of their transcript.
Your student(s) will be expected to drive their own educational plan, and complete goals on time schedules during the grad program years.
During the grad program years, your students will have up to six teachers they will need to communicate regularly with. They will need to be able to manage communication with different personalities and with different styles.
Students are expected to complete the assigned work on schedule. That schedule may vary from course to course, semester to semester.
Individualized and On-line courses take time. They are created to take between 100-120 hours to complete, but for some students it takes even longer and some a quite a bit faster. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 4 to 5 hours on course related work five days-a-week in the Grad Program. This does not include things like outside lessons or activities.
As students progress through the grades learning and output expectations become more robust. During the grad program years even individualized courses have specific assignments from time to time that must be completed, mostly by writing. These are usually in-depth and require higher order thinking skills such as inference, synthesis and analysis as opposed to comprehension.
To help students develop these skills you can begin with some of the following activities: