Goal-Setting for Homeschoolers

Instructor: Suki Wessling

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This 6-week extended mini-course will guide homeschoolers (aged 11 and older) in setting and achieving their goals. Why have a goal-setting class just for homeschoolers? Unlike school kids, homeschoolers aren’t part of a “herd.” Our education isn’t handed to us all set up and ready to go. Successful teen homeschoolers don’t just do what they are supposed to—they do what they need to in order to achieve their own goals. When teens continue to depend on their parents to set and achieve homeschooling goals, tension can arise in the household. The teens feel—quite rightly—that it’s their education and they should get to be involved in the decision-making. But when teens haven’t learned to identify their goals and the steps needed to fulfill them, it’s hard for them to work with their parents in making educational decisions. By the end of this course, teens should feel ready to partner with their parents in crafting their remaining homeschool education to meet their personal goals.

This course is for the homeschoolers themselves, not for the parents! (The parents are welcome to read the text and be active support for their teens.) You, the homeschooler, will join a group of other homeschooled teens in discovering your goals and learning how to attain them. 

Parent workshop: The class will conclude with a parent workshop with the instructor. Parents will meet in the classroom and discuss how to support their students, and we will address and questions and concerns that parents may have. This seminar will be scheduled during a late afternoon/early evening time that works for the majority of the parents—those not able to attend will be able to watch the webinar video and communicate questions to the instructor via email.

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Required texts:

  • Students will access Suki’s book, Goal-Setting for Homeschoolers, for free in the Goal-Setting classroom.

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What to expect in the classroom:
This course is all about participation. You will take part in weekly forum discussions between our webinar meetings. You will complete assignments in written, audio, or video form. You will respond with positive feedback to other students’ posts and assignments.
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What to expect in the webinar:

Participants are required to attend all sessions of this workshop (except for unforeseen problems such as illness or a storm knocking out your Internet access!). You should come prepared with a headset so that you can take an active part in our discussions. You should feel comfortable sharing your goals and ideas with other students, and also offering them feedback on their goals and ideas. Students should be able to stay on-task and avoid excessive off-topic chat. This is a compacted, participation-intensive course.

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Enrollment in this 6-week extended course includes free access to moderated discussion forums and Athena's Minecraft server.
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