While in college I had to take a course completely dedicated to criticizing my own teaching style. I had peers that reviewed me, an instructor that reviewed me, and worst of all “self reflection”.
At the time I was not interested in this whole review of myself idea but as I would take a step back I now know how important it really is.
Having taught in a public school setting for a few years I was able to really put this skill to work. Let me tell you self evaluation is more important than your child’s evaluation. Why? Because if you cannot convey the materials to your child in a way that they can understand their evaluation will always be negative.
Home schooling is hard enough without having materials your child cannot understand. So what do you do?
Step 1: Teach!
Yes that’s right teach just as you had planned to but take a few notes about yourself. Did you have trouble teaching the lesson? Were you clear in your expectations? What could you have done better? What worked well? What did your child respond or not respond to?
It’s a long list I know but you get the general idea. This is all about working on you so you can help your child learn easier or at least with more peace.
Take your list of responses and look at that same lesson. Now decide how you could have made it better using those new found responses. Look ahead to your next lesson and test it by using the positive things to improve the strength of your teaching.
Step 3: Repeat
Apply those new ideas to your next lesson and repeat your self evaluation. The best way to teach your child better is to know how you teach best.
Home schooling can be hard so give yourself a break. When you follow these three simple steps of teaching, evaluating, and repeating the process. Small improvements will lead to small successes. Happy home schooling!