The following mini lessons will introduce you to a new way to think about learning and "doing school." Each lesson should take less than 30 minutes.
Let's toss out everything you know about school and start over again. This lesson will introduce some new language and a new approach to planning as you start your Learning Journey.
Our mission at u.school is to Grow Self-Directed Learners. This lesson will explain what we mean by Self-Directed and explore ways that you can approach your Learning Journey to become a more Self-Directed Learner.
We use the term Learning Opportunity to describe any situation where you intentionally put yourself in a position to learn something. In this lesson we explore how that simple change of language can open up a giant world of ways to learn.
The term Learning Journey is meant to capture a wider, more adventurous, and inclusive approach to learning. In this lesson we explore ways to think about putting together and implementing a plan for your Learning Journey.
How do you demonstrate to yourself and others all that you have accomplished on your Learning Journey? This lesson will explore a method that goes way beyond traditional credits and grades.
Because Learning Opportunities can take on so many different shapes, textures, lengths, and styles, it is important to keep a record of the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW of each Learning Opportunity.
One of the more powerful ways to leave behind Evidence of Learning is to do a Self-Reflection on the Learning Opportunity you just completed. This mini lesson will explore the ways and whys of doing a Reflection. We will also examine the tools that u.school has to hlep you capture your Self-Reflections.
You are working towards the ability to Tell a Story about your Learning Journey. That is what all this Recording and Reflecting is all about. So what do we mean when we say, Tell Your Story?
There is a world of opportunity out there. Why should you learn from a single place? We are going to explore places you can look to find Learning Opportunities that are just right for you.
Use these tools to capture your Learning Opportunity including Evidence of Learning and Self-Reflections. This goes along with Mini Lessons 5 and 6.
Here is a list of current u.school classes. This goes along with Mini Lesson 8.
We are keeping a running list of places to find a Learning Opportunity. This goes along with Mini Lesson 8 and 10.
We have built a simple tool to help you brainstorm a unique Learning Opportunity. This goes along with Mini Lesson 9.
Look at some example Learning Opportunity Records that were submitted using the Record Tool.
Look at some example Reflections that were submitted using the Reflection Tool.
Look at different types of Evidence of Learning and see how they are connected to a variety of Learning Opportunties.
See some sample Learning Journey Plans that were created by Learners to match their personal goals.
See some sample Learning Opportunities that were created by Learners to fit into their Learning Journey Plan.
Look at some sample Final Transcripts that tell a Learner's Story and are sent as part of the college admissions process.