July 17th, 2009
I need to focus, to have some objectives in my reading / learning. I know I do best with the structure of a class, but without necessarily needing a teacher. I had a great thought: set up some classes I can take on my own! Setting aside the curriculum and stuff, the first question that I should answer is, What subjects do I want to study?
Subjects I want to learn more about (with books I already have listed in the topic). This does duplicate much of my earlier post, but grouped and organized better:
- Spiritual Ideals
- How to be a better father
- The Five Love Languages of Children
- Raising Godly children
- Homeschooling/Teaching my sons (The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
- Coaching/Playing sports with my sons
- How to be a better husband
- Classic Literature
- Reading / Learning Skills
- Test Driven Design/Development
- Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin Series)
- Productive Practices (The Productive Programmer (Theory in Practice (O’Reilly), The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master)
- Improving existing code (Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series), Refactoring to Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature Series), Working Effectively with Legacy Code (Robert C. Martin Series))
- Windows development / Windows Home Server Plugins
- Design Patterns (Head First Design Patterns)
- Web / Graphic Design
- Physical Education
- Drawing / Art
- Science Fiction / Urban Fantasy
- Discrete Mathematics
Now I just need to divide these up into classes. It seems pretty obvious which I am most interested in. I still need to take some core classes to help me overall.
Then I need to decide on my electives, the length of the session, and the goals / topics for the actual session. This is turning into a pretty ambitious plan.
I think I need to consider some goals / rules on what makes up a balanced set of classes.