In an online school environment, parents, especially those of younger students, are expected to monitor that their student is understanding and completing their lessons. At Connections Academy®, the role is vital, and parents (and/or other responsible adults) are known as “Learning Coaches.”
Learning Coaches can expect to spend five to six hours a day helping an elementary school student or one to two hours a day with a high school student. The time and level of effort required of Learning Coaches varies according to the student’s age and ability to work independently. Students who don’t work effectively in an independent learning environment, or students with attention deficits, learning differences, or behavioral concerns, require more Learning Coach time and energy.
For Learning Coaches to be successful, we strongly encourage creating and following checklists. Checklists are especially important tools as online students and parents get ready to head back to school.