Is Virtual Learning For My Child? Tips From the Counselor For Making Online Education Work.
There is a misconception that going to school is easy. It’s not easy! It takes work and commitment in any educational environment. School buildings by their very nature create structure and a schedule for students to follow, which helps them stay organized, and on task. The same approach is important and useful in helping your child be a successful online learner.
- Create a work or study space that is free of distractions and open for use without interruptions. For example, avoid using the kitchen table or family living area as your child’s study space. Television, food preparation, and casual conversations will disrupt and distract your child from the ability to concentrate and complete work.
- Check on your child’s progress and Internet activity daily. You must oversee your child’s learning. As a parent, it is your responsibility to set educational expectations and to supervise your student’s activity and progress. Have him or her walk you through assignments and show you the activity and communications they are involved in. Use your parent portal to check progress and grades, monitor time on task and communicate with teachers.
- Construct a daily schedule and STICK TO IT! Design a daily routine for going to school. Create a calendar. It can be different every day and include activities and other commitments that you, your family and your child has. But writing it down (post it where your student can see it) or putting it into your child’s device (set alarms as triggers or reminders) will help establish a pattern of positive behaviors that will help performance in school. Our teachers have scheduled class time for instruction, study halls and office hours for support. Create a schedule based on the classes your student is taking which will allow contact with teachers.
- Commit a certain amount of time to working in your classes every day and DO IT. It takes time to learn! Your child must commit a certain number of hours DAILY to studying and doing the class work. If he or she does not put dedicated time into school it will be extremely difficult to graduate on time. *High school students must earn 24 credits over 4 years; this is 6 credits a year.
- Communicate daily with your teachers. If you child has questions or doesn’t understand something, let the teachers know right away. Regular communication with the teachers is not only a school attendance requirement but is necessary for a rich, meaningful and fulfilling learning experience.
- Come to our live study halls and enrichment sessions. We offer study hall, enrichment classes, Science and Math labs, PE classes, and Art classes at the Rivermill location in Estacada on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We also offer PE classes and enrichment classes in Beaverton at the Multnomah Arts Center on Mondays. See our website calendar for details.
- Connect with the School Counselor, Educational Advisor and Technical Support Specialist. We have an amazing support team in place to ensure academic success for all students. If your student is having technical difficulties, issues with time management, problems creating a schedule or concerns with a class we are here to help you! Just ask!
Virtual learning is an excellent option for many students for a wide variety of reasons.
Call the school counselor to discuss in detail whether our blended on line environment is suited to your child’s strengths, interests and learning style.