The life skill of self evaluation is learned when we do our weekly homeschool conference and evaluation form.
In the course of homeschooling, it's helpful to look back over the previous week to evaluate what's working and what is not.
One thing I'm going to be implementing with my children is a weekly conference and evaluation, especially with my 9th grader. This will not only help me stay on top of their progress, but it will help give them valuable life skill experience.
What type of life skill? Self-evaluation.
In some professions, employees are required to evaluate their own job performance. My kids will be doing something similar during our conferences, because while I'm filling out the evaluation on them, they'll be completing the same form about themselves.
The evaluation form I've created covers the following 10 areas, each of which is scored on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 meaning needs improvement and 10 meaning excellent:
- Completion and quality of school work. Did they finish all their assignments? Did they do quality work?
- Organization of school work. Did they keep track of their school books and maintain a neat work area?
- Overall attitude. How good was their overall attitude that week?
- Interaction with siblings. How did they treat their siblings that week? Were they helpful? Argumentative?
- Independence and initiative. Did they need to be told what to do or did they complete their assignments independently?
- Punctuality. Did they start their day on time? Did they complete things on time?
- Response to correction. When corrected, did they respond appropriately?
- Follow-through on instructions given. When given instructions or assignments, did they follow them without being reminded?
- Completion of chores. Did they complete all their assigned chores without grumbling or being reminded?
- Productive use of free time. Did they make good use of their free time?
I've created two versions of the evaluation forms that you're welcome to use in your own homeschool. One version has the criteria filled in already (the 10 criteria listed above), but the other version is blank, so you can add your own criteria to evaluate.
The file is customizable so you can open it in Adobe Reader, fill in the name, dates, and criteria, then print it out to be completed by hand.
Each evaluation form comes in two parts: one for the parent to complete, and one for the student to complete. The idea is that parent and child will fill out the forms independently, then they will get together to discuss the results. Hopefully this conference will be a chance to discuss how to improve in each area over the next week.
If you use the evaluation forms, I'd love to hear how they work for you.