Whether this is your first year at Laurel Springs School or you are well-versed in the world of online learning, it is the perfect time to brush up on how to make the new academic year a successful one. Recently, some of our celebrated instructors provided some convenient reminders on the importance of communication at LSS.
As noted by English and Gifted Education teacher Joy Nehr, the benefit of online learning is the freedom and flexibility to work at your own pace in a space conducive to your learning style. But since there’s no bell schedule dictating where you should be and what you should be doing, it’s imperative that distance learners create an environment that minimizes distraction while establishing a schedule that works to their benefit. Communicating this schedule proves to be helpful to the routines of both students and their families, so Laurel Springs instructor Meg Easling suggests prominently displaying a calendar detailing the student’s schedule and important due dates.
Don’t Get Lost in the Translation
Since communicating with teachers and fellow students isn’t always simply a matter of raising your hand and speaking, distance learners must employ other communication methods in order to come through loud and clear at Laurel Springs. When it comes to written communications, such as via email, it really can be the littlest things that make the biggest difference in establishing a clear understanding among all parties. That’s why Ms. Easling suggests always having a dictionary and thesaurus well within reach.
Our Learning Management System and instant messaging services like Skype allow for easy methods of audio and video communications, provided our technologies are up to speed. Ms. Easling is quick to remind students to ensure their computers and microphones are functioning properly at all times. If you’re having any difficulties with your computer or software, our knowledgeable staff is able to assist students and families with technology-related questions and concerns. Click here for more information.
A well-defined schedule will go a long way in keeping you on pace to meeting your targets throughout the school year. But it’s important to remember that if things do get slightly off track, they don’t have to totally derail. The flexibility Laurel Springs provides means you can communicate with your teachers and counselors to get the assistance you need, when you need it. English teacher Lori Hudak advises students to keep a running list of school contacts that can assist if and when complications arise. This information can be kept in a document that can be accessed offline (services are available from Apple, Microsoft, Google, and more) and can include: teacher and counselor office hours and contact info, the phone number to LSS technical support, links to LSS Live and ASK LSS, and more.