If it isn’t already the case, kids are going to have to deal with much more online content by the time they reach grade school. As we know, learning outside of the classroom can be challenging for kids.
Why Is Learning In The Classroom Better Then Learning Online
Which path is the most valuable for developing critical thinking, creative problem solving, and problem-solving skills? Students traditionally learn to do this at the school level, though, and sometimes via online classes. This week, I’m talking about why online learning is not a guarantee of best results for students, whether you’re the parent of an introverted child, a child with ADHD, or a parent of a middle schooler trying to have a positive attitude as all grades experience some issues.
So how can you choose which path you want your child to take in education? In the work I do, I read papers, I observe schools, and I get a first-hand look at students, what they’re learning, and how they’re doing. One of the biggest things I noticed when I was teaching students was that I spent most of my time trying to help my students achieve a “good” or “positive” attitude, whether it was attending a doctor’s appointment or doing their laundry. There are numerous reasons why this can be a good attitude for students, however, there is a sense that something happens when a student comes to school who seems to “have it together” and puts work in that he or she wouldn’t normally do. And as a teacher it’s my job to work to give those students the learning opportunities they need to develop these skills.
Another one of the reasons I think it’s a good attitude to have is that students don’t need to be pushed into a given class. Your child is not always going to be a soccer star or a gymnast. Once you understand the nature of the subject your child will be studying, you can create an instructional program that works for your child and the tasks that they will need to learn. So the question is, which of the two different paths to take have the greater educational value for your child? You and your child will both benefit from the choice of which path your child decides to take.
What we have learned from working with students is that about 85% of students who have learning challenges are able to reach desired learning levels with learning style adjustment, while 10% are able to do so with no adjustment, as the one-size-fits-all approach to these classes is more restrictive to struggling students. And 10% are already “off track” in the typical intro level class, while 60% have a learning difficulty and are in the correct class but aren’t being served. And this is why having an optional “non-program” class should be considered.
One of the things I think we should all embrace in education, regardless of whether you’re talking about whether you’re taking the brick-and-mortar route or the online route, is the idea that “there’s no such thing as a dumb question.” In some of my classes, there’s so much material available that it is mentally overwhelming to my students, and they struggle. In other classes, I find that my students don’t have any material skills at all, and they struggle. And I’ve seen students who are smart just barely overcome their challenges.
I’ve also seen a difference in class sizes. We have always been taught that this is a lot of extra teaching. However, classes with two teachers are much smaller than classes with 10 students, which allows for one teacher to focus more attention on each student’s needs. A second teacher also allows a student to get the most out of their social interaction skills. I’ve also seen the school communities improve if they allow teachers and students to socialize more.
So I’d suggest taking a good look at what kind of school you’re choosing for your child. What is it? Are the classroom teachers and students social and emotional? How is the curriculum designed? This is important to consider before you decide which path is the better option for your child.
And whether you take the brick-and-mortar route or the online route, the decision-making process is still the same. It will be up to you and your family to decide on a path that is most beneficial to your child’s long-term learning process. But in deciding which path to take, give consideration to the area of growth and development where your child needs to grow, gain the most instructional support, and face the least amount of individualization. Good luck!