Student Engagement

Leap of Faith: Student-Designed Assignments (2210-24)

If a problem seems worthy of solving, older high school students can sometimes be just as willing as adults to take charge of their learning to research a solution. Real life is where most self-directed learning occurs. When given an engaging classroom assignment, students can jump in and develop much-needed problem-solving skills for life. This course illuminates the benefits of trusting older high school students with self-learning and offers a step-by-step approach for tapping into students’ self-motivation for solving problems. This course is not about how to give students more projects. It is about how to set students free with their own creativity as a guide while remaining within school curriculum guidelines.

Includes Free Downloadable Resources:
➤ Student Survey: Student Self-Assessment of Research Skills
➤ Graphic Organizer: Student-Designed Assignment Planning

Course Author: Ann Myers

  • Welcome!
  • Part 1: Self-Directed Learning for Non-Adults
  • Break the Boredom
  • Your Learners
  • Student Self-Assessment of Research Skills
  • Grade Level and Content for Self-Directed Learning
  • Your Timeline
  • Part 2: Ways to Structure Student-Designed Assignments
  • Choosing Learning Objectives
  • Task: List Potential Topics
  • Individuals, Pairs, or Groups
  • Methods for Student Presentations
  • Hosting a Class Meeting
  • Part 3: Planning a Student-Designed Assignment
  • Review the Steps
  • Task: Plan Your Student-Designed Assignment
  • About the Author: Ann Myers
  • Share Your Feedback
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever