We frustrate our students when we demand they make leaps in their skills without the proper growth and training. Even though the next chapter says, “Diagram these sentences,” or “Write this essay,” the student may not have reached that stage of development yet.
These two aspects go hand in hand: growth and training. Development in writing (as in any subject, actually) breaks down when one of those is missing.
This week, I shared with you why my high school students are not taking dual credit classes. While a few homeschool moms have spoken out in favor of not only dual credit but also CLEP testing for homeschoolers, the vast majority of my readers have expressed relief. There is so much pressure in high school — especially for us mommies — that our freedom and individual choices sometimes get lost. So I think we all can take a deep breath of gratitude this week that, in reality, we all agree on the most important truth: each of our teens need the right education for THEM, and high school homeschooling is not one-size-fits-all. One of my readers commented with a question, though, that I thought deserved a longer response than a quick reply would allow. So let’s look at it together and see if we don’t all identify with her fears and frustrations. I need some advice, please. My son is in 9th grade, and we are doing teaching textbooks algebra 1, he spends more time …
There are many lessons our teens are learning at work that, believe it or not, we simply can’t teach them at home. These experiences on the job are a different yet critical part of their education for real life, lessons I could not teach them alone. Lessons they need.
The more I talk about grading with my fellow homeschool moms, the more misconceptions I find. It’s easy in our quest to be different, to deinstitutionalize learning, to customize our student’s education to misunderstand our obligation to evaluate our students as objectively as possible.
Too many homeschool teens, I fear, have somehow gotten the impression it is wrong to seek advice outside their small circle. Maybe because their teaching has primarily happened within the close, nurturing confines of their immediate family. Or maybe their parents told them that they can’t trust anyone else.