Online school provides such a wonderful opportunity for students. There is no bell schedule, so they can complete their schoolwork at times that make sense to them. They are much more self-reliant and can manage their own time, which is empowering. With the tools in our online platform, students can select which lessons to focus on and develop their own strategies for completing their work. Our website offers many tools and resources, and students are learning to problem-solve and answer their own questions. The amount of self-advocacy I see from my students is impressive.
I think that peer interaction for students is incredibly important, and I incorporate those opportunities in my LiveLesson® sessions. I also offer daily office hours, which have become an additional opportunity for students to gather and hang out. I have a group of students who regularly attend office hours just to chat.
I encourage students to try hands-on applications of what they’re learning in my science classes. I love to offer fun science experiments to try at home. I find experiments that don’t require any special equipment so that everyone has an opportunity to explore and learn.