After changing the tuition structure for the 2016 – 2017 school year, I received this email:
This is awesome! As a mother of many…7 and counting, I was not really sure how I was going to afford to have more than one enrolled in your courses at a time. Count us in. Praying you will have 100’s of students enrolled in your classes. I think what you are doing is brilliant!
Can you tell me why someone might choose the first option? If you are learning a language, what good is it, if you are learning it incorrectly? To me, having you grade it is pretty important. Am I missing something?
Here is my reply:
Ha! I hope what I am doing is brilliant. Honestly, I had families like yours (and mine) in mind when I restructured the system over the break. I really hope it is a relief to you and many others. Latin is already painful enough. I just do not understand why it must also be expensive.
And, yes. Don’t sign up until the fall. This change does not affect current students.
As for grading, I am slowly removing myself from the equation. I will still grade if people want me to, but I am starting to steer students toward the tests and quizzes on my website, and toward an app that a friend of mine has developed. Many students are happy with these tools alone and do not feel like waiting for me to grade their work. I will certainly leave the option for personal grading open, but for many, I am actually slowing them down. They would rather come to class, or watch a recording, take a quiz and move on to the next level.
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!