Extend something you’re interested in learning more about.
Suppose that in your Macro, you work on a challenge where you’re designing the renovation of a historic home with an architect. As you research the history of Ohio City, you become really interested in learning more about it and want to write a piece of historical fiction — or slam poetry, or a short film — set in Ohio City in the 1850s. Great! Slide that project into your queue for Self-Directed Learning in Micros & Studio.
Or maybe what interests you most in this project is learning to use new design tools like Sketchup, and you want to pursue a project in design. No problem — come to your next Wayfinding 1:1 with some ideas, and your mentor will ask some questions and suggest some resources to help you tackle your own idea.
Complement your Macro.
Maybe this semester, your Macro is focused on arts and storytelling. In your Macro, you’re writing plays, designing sets, and collaborating with others. In the meantime, you’re plugging away on pre-calculus problems in your Micro time.
Reinforce or scaffold something you’re working on.
Each one of us has some areas of learning that come more naturally to us than others. Whatever it is that takes you a little more time to work on, you can do that in Micros & Studio. So if you realize as you’re in your Macro that you need more time to get some of the physics concepts, no problem. One of our teachers will point you to some direction in Micros that could help or will help you customize one to make it interesting to you.
Pursue a passion.
Suppose that you’re really passionate about animal rescue. Maybe you volunteer at a local shelter or your family fosters animals. You could decide to undertake a data analysis project related to the effectiveness of your local shelter’s spay and neuter program that you could then share with the program director.
Or suppose that you’re deeply passionate about graphic novels, and you’ve been learning to code. Maybe you want to write your own digitally interactive graphic novel. Along the way, you might need to read more graphic novels for inspiration and to learn the techniques of masterful writers. You also might need to level up your coding skills. Maybe you decide to co-author with a friend or two, and you propose this Self-Directed Learning project together.