Different learners, different ways to complete courses

I am delighted to become a regular contributor to the Sharing Simcoe blog. I thought I’d take the opportunity to focus my first post on a question that was asked recently by members of Eastview’s School Council: What are the different ways that students can take the Grade 10 compulsory Civics (CHV) and Career Studies (GLC) course?

There are four main ways to take the CHV/GLC course. First, there is the traditional day school model, where each half course is nine weeks long and they run consecutively to comprise one of the four courses a Grade 10 student takes in one semester during the school year.

Second, there is the daytime summer school program, which, in 2013 for example, saw GLC run from July 2-12 and CHV from July 15-25. Each followed a 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. day Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to  2:30 p.m. on Fridays. Students can take one or both of the half credits in this way. This is run through The Learning Centres.

Third, there is an online summer instruction option for the GLC/CHV course. In this case, students communicate with their teacher and submit course work electronically through their personal computer. This choice works best for students who are independent and self-motivated. An advantage of this choice is that students can work on activities from anywhere with Internet access.

Lastly, there is the Edutravel summer opportunity to take CHV/GLC where programming includes travel to Ottawa, Montreal and New York City. This course is available both in English and in Extended French. There are seven travel days as well as pre-trip prep days and a post-trip online component to this course. In 2014, the dates for this course are: pre-trip July 14 and 15, travel dates July 16 to 22, post-trip July 23, 24, and 25. Please note: While the other options for taking CHV/GLC are free, this choice carries a fee of $1400 (all inclusive).

Thinking about taking CHV/GLC in one of these four ways? Check out what these students have to say about each option:

Jacob – Day School

Why did you choose this method of course instruction?
I picked it on my regular option sheet with all my other courses. I didn’t want to go to school during the summer— I work during the summer. I have room to fit in all the courses I am interested in.

What did you like about the format of this course?
It’s the only course that changes after nine weeks in. I liked having a fresh start at that point.

What was a challenge of this mode of instruction?
I had to get to know a new teacher half way through the semester. It was okay though because everyone was in the same boat.

Hannah – Summer School

Why did you choose this method of course instruction?
I failed math last year so I wanted to free up a period on my timetable in Grade 10 to fit in both Grade 9 and Grade 10 math. My teachers recommended taking civics and careers in summer school rather than the remedial math course so I could get a better math foundation.

What did you like about the format of this course?
It was done pretty fast. Sometimes the pace was slow, but overall it went by pretty fast.

What was a challenge of this mode of instruction?
Sometimes it was hard getting up knowing I had to sit for 6 hours of Civics and Careers. I just tried to do my best so I didn’t have to take it again.

Graeme – Online Summer Course

Why did you choose this method of course instruction?
I had free time during my summer. We were on an extended family trip but I had time to work on my course during my travel. I wanted to work ahead to free up a period in Grade 10 so I could take a Grade 11 computer course while in Grade 10. I am considering outdoor education in Grade 11 so I wanted to be sure I could fit in Grade 11 computers.

What did you like about the format of this course?
The website had a good layout and there was a schedule of what to do each day. I was able to work ahead on course work when I got on a roll.

What was a challenge of this mode of instruction?
The teacher contact is different. You have to email your teacher and wait for a response which is different from an in-person conversation. I wouldn’t say it’s really a barrier though.

Bailey – EduTravel

Why did you choose this method of course instruction?
I was excited about the “out in the world” way of learning—the idea of making it more like real life.

What did you like about the format of this course?
Everything! It opened my eyes to seeing things more on a global scale. The United Nations visit in NYC was a highlight.

What was a challenge of this mode of instruction?
It can be a challenge being away from things happening at home during the summer but this program was enriching so it was well worth it.

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