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With your child’s enrollment in a virtual high school such as The American Academy, you, as the parent, will need to wear another hat – learning coach. Even as your child grows and matures, and hopefully, becomes responsible for his own learning, your presence will make a huge difference in ensuring that work is done and that your child has what he needs to succeed as a virtual high school student.
You may have quit high school for one reason or another. But that does not mean that earning your high school diploma is no longer an option. Whatever your age and circumstances, being a high school graduate (as opposed to not being one) is something that can help you with your career and your life in general. It can also open doors for college.
Block scheduling is new way of scheduling classes where the students do fewer subjects in a day for longer periods of time. The theory is that with more time to spend on a subject at any given time, he more engaged a student is in his lesson and the more he learns. Proponents of block scheduling assert that this type of class schedule allows a student to work only with a few major concepts, unlike a traditional class schedule where a student grapples with different concepts from a number of subjects for a shorter amount of time.
Some types of Block Scheduling
Enrolling your class in an online high school? This may take some adjustments, especially if he is coming from a traditional “brick-and-mortar” learning environment. After all, an online school offers a different way of learning (going to school on a computer!) and your child may need some time to get used to this new method.
Here are some ways to help him thrive and succeed with his online high school program:
Fostering a love for learning, exploring and discovery will help ensure your child’s success in the future. One of the hallmarks of career-growth would be an attitude of constantly wanting to learn, the willingness to try new things and to think the process through. Whether your child wants to pursue a career or start his own business, being a lifelong learner would surely be an asset. What’s more, seeking to learn just for the sheer enjoyment of it will help your child grow and enrich his life.
Being enrolled in an online high school has its advantages. It allows your child to work at his own pace and he can give more time to subjects he is struggling with and enable him to breeze through subjects he is good at. However, like a traditional brick and mortar school, a virtual high school also has its challenges, chief of which is to ensure that your child is motivated and continues to be motivated throughout the course of the online high school program.
Educational credentials go a long way towards career growth. If you were not able to earn a high school diploma in your teens, it’s never too late. You may have been forced to leave high school because of the need to help with the family’s finances, or were pursuing an athletic, musical or showbiz career or for any other reason. You have a second chance (actually, two!) towards proving your academic ability: you can take the General Educational Development (GED) test or get an online high school diploma.
Online high school, as with brick and mortar high schools, require a considerable amount of reading. There’s that book report for your online high school English course, the readings required for your history and science lessons and more. Reading and comprehending are skills that are not only handy while earning your high school diploma. It is also very useful for employment and enjoyment. Reading keeps abreast of the times, heighten your love and appreciation for great literary works and help you become a well-informed and highly competitive candidate for future jobs.
Being on an online high school has its own challenges. With the freedom it provides its students, allowing students to work based on their own schedule and pace; it is very easy to succumb to distractions. A friend pops up in Facebook and chats for 30 minutes. An interesting article in the Internet led to more interesting articles you just can’t resist reading. Or it may be that your favorite Internet game beckoned and you just couldn’t say no. A peek at your favorite shopping website turns into hours of window shopping.