Example of SDS

Self-Directed Schooling

Developing independence requires instruction, guidance, and freedom of choice to give meaning and purpose to it all.

The more choice is removed from this process, the less a person sees the value in that instruction and guidance.

A child will need a parent/guardian/authority at first but will slowly require independent ownership of choice.

Authority and responsibility starts with the parent and transitions to the child over time.

EXAMPLE: SCHEDULING

"First Five" (Infant, Toddler)

Be Predictable and Prepared, but Flexible!

Parent/Guardian/Authority Designs and Maintains Schedule

Flexibility keeps Parent Sanity while Meeting Needs of Child and Self

Primary Student

Parent/Guardian/Authority Designs Framework Schedule

Child is Coached in Flexibly Maintaining Own Schedule

Child is Taught Primary Core Skills and Concepts

With so much that happens in a day,

 

balancing work and play is important

 

to be modeled and coached over time.

Secondary Student

Parent/Guardian/Authority Suggests* Framework Schedule

Child Maintains Increased Responsibility of Own Schedule

Child is Taught Secondary Core Skills and Concepts

*Coaching in primary development. may require continued design.

THE GOAL:

A self-directed student designs and maintains a schedule that meets the personal, social, and societal needs of both the local and global communities that student has, is, and will impact.

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