I recently had the honor of sharing my experience as an online elementary school teacher with the Colorado State Board of Education, having been named 2010 Online Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Department of Education! My presentation was designed to provide insight into how, as a virtual school educator, I bring my “A Game” for my students every day.
As a veteran teacher with more than 30 years of experience in various educational settings, primarily large school classrooms, I never expected to create such a bond with my “virtual students.” Teaching at a virtual school has actually enabled me to form closer relationships with my students and their parents than at any other school. I have the opportunity to speak with my students one on one, without interruptions. I conduct LiveLesson® online class sessions where I am able to directly connect with my students, enabling me to get to know their individual needs and adapt lessons accordingly. This virtual environment also gives the students a sense of freedom to express themselves without fear of rejection, or exposure to mocking from their fellow students. In short, it’s a terrific learning environment.
So, how do I bring my “A Game” for my students? In the words of one of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss, “Big A, little A, what begins with A?” Accessibility. Accountability. Adaptability. All begin with A, and all are the cornerstones of Connections Academy’s approach to online learning.
Virtual schools are ACCESSIBLE. At Connections Academy, ...