The Challenges of Hybrid Learning and the Benefits of Online School

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Learning Schedules


While hybrid learning gives students more flexibility in their daily schedules than a 100% in-person school does, that flexibility is limited. Hybrid learning still requires students to regularly go to a physical school and attend class at a specific time. 
Hybrid learning’s lack of a consistent, daily routine can throw off some students and make it hard for them to stay on track with assignments. Likewise, working parents can struggle to manage the back-and-forth schedule—particularly the transportation needs. And then there are students who simply can’t attend physical school, whether that’s due to health reasons or because they’re a young athlete or performer who frequently travels. 

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Curriculum Delivery

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Learning Environment


For students and parents seeking an alternative to traditional, in-person school, hybrid learning has one major drawback: it’s not entirely an alternative. The fact that students still have to go to a physical classroom is one of the main challenges of hybrid learning for any student who can’t—or would prefer not to—spend time in a traditional school environment. 
Some students have health concerns that make face-to-face learning worrisome or even dangerous. Others face social concerns and challenges. Some simply want a learning environment that’s more welcoming and secure. In all of these cases, hybrid learning may not be a great option. 

Parental Support


Most children learning outside of a traditional, physical classroom rely on their parents or guardians for support. While the level of support they need varies by student, it’s unusual for students to learn online without at least some parental assistance. And yet many hybrid learning experiences provide little to no support for those parents. 
Even hybrid schools that are addressing this particular challenge of hybrid learning are typically just beginning to formulate a plan. That leaves many parents uncertain how to be the resource their child needs. 


Quality online schools know that learning is a collaboration between the school and parents. That’s why a school like Connections Academy considers parents to be more than simply parents; they’re Learning Coaches. 
As a Learning Coach, you can be there for your child and help them learn in the way that works best for them. For many parents, spending more time with their child and being involved in their learning is an extraordinary opportunity. Best of all, at an online school like Connections Academy, Learning Coaches are appreciated and well-supported along the way. 
Connections Academy provides Learning Coaches with a wide range of resources designed to answer questions and supply expert guidance. Support starts with an online orientation that Learning Coaches attend before school even begins and continues with a large database of resources along with parent groups that exchange tips and strategies. 
Learning Coaches can also reach out to the school at any time. Whether their child is struggling with a specific assignment or is facing a larger challenge, teachers, staff, and counselors are there to helpboth the student and their Learning Coach.

A Learning Coach and online student receive additional support via online resources. 
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