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How To Best Utilize Your Online Instructor

23 Feb

How To Best Utilize Your Online Instructor

Posted By: 
Racheal Marie

Whatever your reason for choosing online education, the best resource in any classroom – physical or virtual – is the teacher. Many students, however, need a bit of help adjusting to online instruction, especially when transitioning out of the brick-and-mortar setting. That’s why we reached out to our Personalized Education Coaches (PECs) for advice on how to best utilize an online instructor.

Here’s what they had to say:

Use a Partnership Mindset – A teacher’s job is all about supporting the students! They ensure the material is understood, communicate with the parents on expectations and learning tools, and make sure progress is smooth and steady.

Sankalpa Bajpai - “Think of us as your teacher and your partner, because while we do teach, we’re also here to give you tips and tricks for how to get through the course efficiently and with high scores!”

Vanessa Leon – “I consider myself more of a teammate. Every person has their own needs, and while I can explain material, my role is more about making sure the program fits student needs.”

Help You Might Never Think To Ask For – Help comes in many forms. Teachers at CMASAS find creative and unique ways to explain and show examples. You might not thing of it, but here are some extra tools you could ask a teacher for:

Kim and Derek Ozment – “All our courses can be personalized. If, for example, a student struggles with dysgraphia, they can submit their assignments in other formats than written responses. A recording of them discussing the work, an illustration they've created, or a PowerPoint presentation all are accepted.”

Brittanie Bates - “We can help you find a new book to read, or computer program for an art project… We have lots of ideas, just ask!”

Approach Problems Together – In an online environment, there are multiple players involved. When you feel like you don’t know where to turn:

Kim Fowler - “Take a break to clear your thoughts and come back to the work with an open mind; maybe you missed a key piece of information the first time through.

Kim and Derek Ozment – “We use Skype to meet up with students when they need help. We talk through any struggles they may be having. This way we also get to know them better to personalize the course for them!”

A Parent’s Resource – Online schooling has its own challenges, but parents need not fear! By implementing the educator’s suggestions, you can see your student through any problem.

Sankalpa Bajpai - “Come to me if your child is progressing slowly: I can make sure they’re at the right level. Failing assessments? I’ll provide study tips. If they’re not able to follow the course format we can discuss other format options.”

Catherine Crocker – “Come to me anytime they are struggling, frustrated, confused, unsure, or even finding things less than a challenge. If there is going to be an interruption to their learning/study time due to trips or health, let me know. And don't wait until there is a problem; ask for help because it’s there for you.”

CMASAS Teachers tell about their experiences helping students succeed – Moments like these are why this school exists: for students to be the individuals they are!

Brittanie Bates - “I have student who hated Language Arts; she was told that she wasn’t good at it and had a D. She started taking Language Arts with us and now is fulltime enrolled and loves to write. She is wonderfully talented and can read anything. She just needed to have the freedom to learn with a genre she loved.”

Kim Fowler - “One of my students lost his father last year. They diagnosed pancreatic cancer in the spring and by July his father was gone. My 16 year old student watched his father waste away in front of him. During that time, I talked with him 2-3 times a week and almost never about academics. We talked about his father, his family, fears, hopes… but not his school. He didn't turn in an assignment for months. He needed to be heard and cared for as a human being, not just as a student. He has since re-focused on school with great results, and his situation reminds me how important it is to care for the whole student.”

It brings us pride to say that our teachers are highly passionate and motivated educators. Come check out CMASAS; let’s see our students succeed.

This guest post comes to us from Racheal Marie. Racheal is a full-time writer with an expertise in education. You can reach Racheal at rachealm.writer@gmail.com.