The flexibility of online education makes it an ideal alternative to traditional, in-person education and the “stand and deliver, sage on a stage” style of teaching. Having a voice in setting their school day schedule allows them to blend their interests into the learning.
Connections Academy® schools believe that no two students learn alike, which is why it’s a priority for families to make decisions around courses and scheduling to meet a student’s needs and embrace each student’s unique qualities and dreams.
For instance, online schools encourage learning outside the box. Literally. Is your student interested in animals? Interest-based learning activities might include taking your student to the zoo to connect their biology lessons with future patients.
In addition to a dedicated learning area for online schoolwork, create a Maker Space. Kids like to see how things work. And when they’re coached to make things that are connected to what they are learning, they nurture their natural creativity, practice critical-thinking skills, challenge their imaginations, and come up with effective solutions to real-world problems.
If your teen is interested in community service or volunteering, the scheduling flexibility of remote learning lets them shape their school day to accommodate volunteer activities, which include virtual opportunities to give back. And, flexible scheduling enables parents and students to build time for those activities into the learning day.
Interest-based learning is all about identifying students’ interests, stoking their curiosity to know more about them, and guiding them to satisfy that curiosity. When students start asking questions, regions of their brains associated with reward, memory, and motivation actually “fire up” with activity. In other words, curiosity can be a great motivator that makes the brain sincerely want to learn.
Discover how Connections Academy can help you create a safe, interest-based learning environment for your elementary student, middle- or high-schooler, request the free eGuide, visit the Resource Hub or join an online information session.