I absolutely LOVE the flexibility that Rhode Island Connections Academy allows its staff and families. We all know that “life happens,” and to adhere to a rigid schedule can be extremely difficult to do. Appointments, feeling under the weather, late starts, bathroom breaks, energy breaks, food breaks, etc., can cause missed learning in a regular brick-and-mortar school, unlike our program at Rhode Island Connections Academy. Students do schoolwork at their own pace; several of our students currently work on their schoolwork during the evening and on weekends to keep on target, while others opt to follow the normal brick-and-mortar school hours, as that is when they have access to their teachers.
The other benefits of teaching at an online school versus a brick-and-mortar school are the connections: connections with people across the country that allow for increased best practices in learning, connections with students and families that are much deeper than previous jobs, and connections with coworkers that make our program feel like a family.