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High School Independent study student: Do you give them a curriculum, due dates, completed project number, projects/processes to choose from, a final show? What does an ideal student look like to you?

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I have only had independent study students one at a time, so I kept things very flexible. I required a meeting in person about once a week, with a weekly sketchbook assignment ( so there is a consistent grade) and I discuss ideas about what projects they want to do. -> some projects will just take more time. I believe that sometimes the process can be more valuable than the out come. I try to address potential problems they may encounter, and basically mentor. I also offer a way that they can send progress photos if necessary and advise if needed.

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...and often their sketchbook and studies are worth showing with the finished projects. People often underestimate the pre-work, and brain storming.

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. I teach photography so each day I.S students have to take their own photos and write about them academically and using class vocabulary. They also have to find 3 pieces of art. one in the morning, one at lunch time, and one in the afternoon. They then also write about that. Kinda like a photo journal of their trip.

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I had advanced students the same period that I taught 9th graders so they were essentially independent study. I kept things pretty flexible as far as what projects we were doing but gave them due dates for projects. Sometimes the due dates became ‘check-in’ dates due to some students schedule conflicts causing a big disparity in completion.

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