How to Keep Homeschooled Students Accountable
It can be difficult to hold your student accountable when homeschooling, especially when the program you are using is online based. In a brick-and-mortar school system, students have a teacher keeping a watchful eye on them during their entire day at school. The teacher is their accountability system.
When a student is in an online school, it is important that there are watchful eyes helping to hold them accountable, while fostering an environment for the student to be independent and to learn how to create his/her own accountability.
Keep in mind that by holding and teaching your student to be accountable now, you are raising a person that has the opportunity to be more successful in the workforce.
Below are 3 scenarios in which a student would need accountability assistance and some suggestions on how you, as a parent, can help.
Your Student Gets Distracted Easily and has a Hard Time Staying on Task.
- Create a distraction-free environment by keeping a quiet, well organized, minimalist space.
- Block the ability for your student to go to certain websites during his/her school hours. See “Monitoring Software” below for some examples.
You See Your Student on the Computer With the Ignitia Page Open...
...but when you check to see what they’ve completed, it doesn’t match up to what it seems they should have completed.
- Have your student write down each assignment that he/she has completed in a day.
- At the end of the day, log into your parent portal and check that those assignments are complete.
A Student is not Motivated to Work.
- Try to work with your student to see what time of the day he/she feels the most alert and ready to tackle school and try to make sure he/she is able to work on school during those times. Take advantage of EA’s recommended daily planner and customize it to fit your student’s ideal workday.
- Break up your student’s time spent on school throughout the day. For example, your student can spend 3–4 hours in the morning working on courses, take an hour-long break to eat lunch and go for a run, then get back to courses until done for the day.
- Create a plan with your student of what to complete that day and follow up with them at the end of the day to see if he/she was able to complete everything. If not, or if it was a struggle, work with them to find out why and make adjustments as needed.
Below are three software options that you can utilize to help monitor your student’s daily work
EA can provide you with a Parent Portal account upon request. The parent portal will give you the ability to view:
- Current courses
- Percentage completed for each class and unit
- Current grade for each course
- Final grade for each lesson, quiz, and test
- Completion and due dates for all assignments
You can download and utilize a time tracking software called Hubstaff. Hubstaff's website monitoring software lets you see your student’s internet usage whenever he/she is working and tracking time. You can see the time spent at every website and even get a quick preview of what the page looks like.
You can download the free software ActivTrak. ActivTrak is a resource you can use to monitor your child’s activity remotely. Regular screenshots can be taken and websites can be blocked, all for free. In some cases, such software may be required when student work needs to be verified, but it is always recommended to provide additional accountability, reduce temptation, and help manage time to reduce distractions.
Students have due dates on their assignments, so as long as each due date is met the student will remain on track to complete the school year on time. EA knows that life happens and students may fall behind.
The Enlightium Academy Progress Department helps parents hold students accountable. The Progress Department monitors how well a student has done in a given week and how well he/she is doing overall. They run weekly reports which show how many of your student’s assignments were completed compared overall with their progress. This information is sent to both parents and students to ensure all parties are up to date on the student’s progress and can be used to determine if the student needs to complete more work each week.
For any other questions about the student progress or Enlightium Academy, please call 866-488-4818, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com. Enlightium Academy is an accredited alternative education option to public schooling. Our program offers the comfort of a homeschool education environment, and a quality, private education. Enlightium is a Christian school, offering a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher supported, affordable option to public school. Enlightium Academy meets all accreditation and state education requirements for all 50 states.