What Choices do I Have?

What Choices for Learning Do You Have?

Before you look for a specific learning resource, it might help you to think about what kinds of choices for learning you have for yourself or your child.  This might seem pretty basic but sometimes we focus just on the goal or the method without thinking through all the reasons or the particulars.  You can make choices around these areas: goals, environment, source, method, program, accommodations, assessment, and support.  Ask yourself these questions:

1. What are my goals around learning?

- What do I want or need to learn?

- What reason or purpose will it fulfill?

- What proficiency level do I desire?

- What time period will I need to attain mastery?

- What skills and knowledge are covered?

- How much will it cost me?

- What benefits will it bring to me or  others?

2. What learning environment will work for me?

- Where do I feel comfortable and relaxed?

- Where do I become motivated or inspired?

- Where will I be able to focus best?

- Which place best suits my learning style?

- home

- classroom or school

- office or business space

- outdoors

- community space (library, park, garden, recreation center, senior center, etc.)

- world wide

- online or computer based

3. What source would work best for me?

- family or friends

- expert or layperson

- public or private

- religious or not religion based

- recreational, networked, or community group

- free or fee online school or program

4. What method would work best for me?

- natural or informal (learning through daily life experiences / directed by learner)

- self-taught (through imitation, experimentation, books, manipulatives, programs)

- direct or formal instruction (by parent, teacher, tutor, employer, mentor, computer, online)

program or other activities.)

- social learning (through interactive classes, clubs or group activities)

5. What type of program would I like to use?

- daily life activities

- classes

- textbooks or other books

- online class or program

- manipulatives, models, kits or other materials

- DVD’s or audio books

- computer programs

- tutoring

- work with mentor

- special education

- multi-modal program

- recreation or activity-based group

- hands-on experience, volunteer, apprenticeship, or travel

- assistive technology

6. What accommodations will I need to use to best access learning?

I will need to control:

- presentation: visual, auditory, tactile, manipulative, movement/kinesthetic, social, or


- environment: controlling space, sound, motion or other sensory input

- duration of time spent on task

- use of specific assistive technology

- whether I do individual or group learning

7. What type of assessment works best? (if available and desired)

- oral (ex/ dictation, speech, oral exam)

- graphic (ex/ essay, test, chart, etc.)

- use of interactive computer program

- through manipulation (ex. sorting or selecting objects or words)

- creative response (product, artwork, visual representation)

- actual demonstration of skill, knowledge, or activity

- through assistive technology

8. Who would I like as a companion (if desired) to support my learning?

- parent or family member

- friend

- co-worker

- mentor, coach, counselor, or spiritual advisor

- teacher, tutor or therapist