Education planning is an important part of the learning process. This means 1) having a goal and 2) getting there.
Parents, nobody can do step 1 of educational planning for you. Moreover, parents that have a goal tend to have learners that experience academic success. With less whining, kicking, and screaming along the way. The goal can be flexible, adaptable, and subject to the occasional 180 turnaround. So relax, choose a goal, and change it if it isn’t working. Again, the idea is to have “a” goal, not the perfect end-all-be-all goal permanently carved in stone, especially if you are new to education planning.
Short term goals are related to getting though the day. You might say this is a lesson plan.
Short terms goals are also related to getting through the sequence of individual days that you might call a unit, quarter, semester, or whatever. Depending on how you measure school time. You might call this a syllabus, which is basically a set of lesson plans along with a calendar of some sort to plan out all those lesson plans.
But which lessons to plan in the first place? This reflects the intent of the curriculum, which means the outcome of all that schooling. Yes, all of it. Oh my. So what is your long term goal? The outcome of all that schooling?
It’s a loaded question, we are all unique, and yet it can be helpful to use some basic categories to systematically break down your education planning at home. The below goals are sorted from the least to most ambitious. It’s not about reaching the highest goal possible… just decide where on the spectrum your learner is. Academic success is totally possible at all these levels.
We move forward on our academic path, slip backwards, side step, occasionally fall on our face, dust our self off, take another step… With a long term goal in mind, this is called “the learning process.” Without a goal, it’s just called chaos. Which of the following long term goals for learning science best resonates with you, here, today? Don’t be afraid to go with your first instinct. Don’t be afraid to change your mind later.
Dr Scott is a big fan of educational planning at home. He is always there to help families with educational planning. If nothing else, it makes his job WAYYYY easier when parents have a plan for learners enrolled in his classes;) Plus all the good reasons listed above, too.
Parents can video chat live with Dr Scott for an Education Planning and Parent Strategy Session. It’s totally free for parents. You just have to be Signed Up to receive the weekly schedules and progress reports by email. You can Sign Up here, or use the form below. The Zoom (video chat) link is in the email every week.
ACCUPLACER Test Practice, directly from The College Board, is something you might look at a few years before high school is completed. The College Board is in charge of those exams you need to pass to get into college in the first place. This can certainly add a level of complication to your long term goals which doesn’t exactly relate to the learning process. Like I said previously, in school we just have to pass an exam sometimes to get to the next step.