Why Some Students Love the Idea of More Remote Learning
When remote learning was sprung on the country during the pandemic, school districts and educators were essentially trying to learn on the fly. They were trying to figure out the best ways to incorporate remote learning across the board for all subjects and students.
We often heard from the parents who were not fond of the process on social media. But just like with many things in life, the negativity seems to get promoted, and the positive comments get buried.
During the pandemic and remote learning, plenty of students who struggled previously in the classroom were thriving during this time.
Students Could Learn at Their Own Pace
There are two trains of thought when discussing students learning at their own pace.
- Academically gifted students can move on to the next lesson more quickly as they easily grasp the concepts taught through remote learning.
- Some students need more time to learn the lesson presented through remote learning.
In any case, remote learning allows both sets of students to excel.
Students Could Create a Schedule that Works for Them
While remote classes “meet” online at certain times and stick to a schedule, others are much more flexible and allow the students to create their learning schedule.
Like adults, some kids are not morning people and do their best work in the afternoon or early evening. Through remote learning, since there is no classroom they have to attend every day physically, the students are given a taste of independence to figure out when to work.
Students Could Avoid Anxiety-Filled Social Interactions
The anxiety that comes with being placed in social situations with many other kids and adults for eight or nine straight hours is a real problem for countless kids. It could be because the child is shy, or perhaps they are genuinely suffering from a nervous issue that comes from anxiety. The discomfort and uneasiness of sitting in a classroom packed with other students were avoidable because of remote learning. These students could now concentrate on learning and not worry about their trepidation of being placed in a room full of people.
Eliminate the Wastefulness that Comes with a Normal School Day
Kids who experience an ordinary day at school face hours and hours spent not learning. It is an inefficient approach to learning when you consider an alternative like remote learning that eliminates those wasted hours immediately.
For instance, an average day at school consists of:
- Half an hour getting ready for the school day
- Half an hour traveling to the school itself
- 15 minutes waiting for the bell to ring so kids can enter their classroom
- 10 minutes taking attendance and lunch counts
- A maximum of 4 hours of total “learning” time as teachers try to squash behavior problems and other interruptions in the process
- 15 minutes of recess
- 30 minutes of lunch
- A total of about 30 minutes spent in the hallways
- Another 30 minutes spent traveling home after school
With remote learning, all the wastefulness of an ordinary school day is removed.
Easier to Focus
Many students have attention deficit disorder (ADD), and as veteran educators will tell you, there are a whole lot of students with ADD that still need a diagnosis at this moment.
According to a 2016 research study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9.4 percent of children ages 2 to 17 have ADD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
These students often find it extremely difficult to learn in an ordinary classroom as it has a plethora of things that can distract them. Plus, on the other side, a hyperactive student can cause enough disruptions in a school, making it difficult for the rest of the students to learn efficiently.
Remote learning allows ADD or ADHD students to learn in the comfort of their own home with fewer distractions, and parents who know how to keep their children on a task perhaps better than what a teacher can accomplish with 30 other kids in the classroom.
Making Remote Learning a Permanent Option
While remote learning was instigated because of the pandemic, that doesn’t mean it should permanently disappear until the next emergency. Many educators and parents were initially not in favor of remote learning simply because it was something new and was put in progress almost instantly without much planning. Now that everyone has essentially gotten their feet wet with the concept, keeping it as an option for students should be mandated from here on out.
Parents do have the option of homeschooling their children if they wish without hardly any restrictions in Illinois. Much of the homeschooling could be accomplished through remote learning if the parents ever feel that they are not suitable to teach specific subjects themselves. iAchieve offers plenty of professional tutors to choose from that could lend a hand in the process. The tutors can work with the child either in person or remotely if needed.
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