According to Mr. Snell, “Great Lakes Learning Academy reinforces the mindset of a life-long learning journey, along with the necessary traits and skills one will need along the way. This includes the accumulation of knowledge, the wisdom of how and when to apply it, as well as what to do when students identify holes in their own knowledge base.
“The online learning platform requires students to either possess or develop certain traits and skills that ensure their success. … Traits like self-motivation, organization, goal-oriented, and accountability are all highly valued for independent learners in this situation. Skills such as note-taking, reading, writing, and overall communication are also perceived strengths for online learners.
“In short, the daily routines and the unique set of traits a student needs to execute a successful daily schedule is what differentiates [an online school from a traditional school]—and different does not necessarily mean better. … Knowing the unique strengths, challenges, and needs of your student is essential when considering the differences of both options.”