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Inspiration for Course Descriptions

Google is a marvelous thing!  It's possible to find course titles and descriptions with a simple search!  For example, the website for the Indiana Department of Education has a page of Course Titles and Descriptions. That means acres and acres of real public school classes for you to stare at in amazement, enjoying their strange mixture.



Look at the variety of course titles here - great options!  Look at the words for course descriptions - mix and match! This is the "art" part of making transcripts and course descriptions.  It's not always easy, but there is no right or wrong answer, so don’t stress out.

While you are there, notice some of the really weird classes. Are you teaching any of these classes?

  • Construction Technology Heavy Equipment I

  • Advanced Life Science: Foods

  • Landscape Management II

  • Digital Citizenship


You don't need to teach them, of course.  But look at the freedom you have to create meaningful classes that will fit your student and use the resources you have available!  Awesome!

Homeschoolers aren’t the only ones who have to come up with course descriptions. This website (Indiana Dept. of Education) helps their schools put together course descriptions. Here’s what they tell their schools: “Course descriptions provide brief statements of the content of kindergarten, elementary, middle level and high school curricular areas. These descriptions will assist schools in communicating, in a broad context, the content standards of courses.”  Yup.  That's why we write course descriptions too!

Don’t let course descriptions scare you!  They’re really just like a fourth grade writing assignment.  They don't have to sound as scary or official as the descriptions from a high school.  Course descriptions communicate the content of your courses.

You can find great support and ideas from my online Comprehensive Record Solution and my book Setting the Records Straight.  Let me know if you need help!



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Thursday, 19 September 2019

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