Creating Meaningful Relationships for Effective Online Learning
One common criticism of distance learning programs is that students and teachers do not have the opportunity to form quality relationships as they do in a traditional bricks and mortar school. However, this myth can be debunked by an effective online learning program, which actively seeks to create opportunities for meaningful relationships between students and teachers, as well as collaboration among peers.
When Laurel Springs School was founded in 1991, individualized education was at the heart of its mission. More than twenty years later, our school’s faculty and staff cultivate personal relationships with each student.
Laurel Springs students have one-to-one interactions with their teachers. While there are opportunities to collaborate with their academic peers in a virtual environment, each student is partnered with a teacher who is a subject matter expert. For example, if a student faces challenges understanding a science topic, the student may conference with the teacher through phone, email, video chat (such as Skype), or a virtual classroom so that the student has multiple opportunities to gain mastery of the concept. Laurel Springs teachers are carefully selected, not only for their advanced subject matter degrees and credentials, but also for their skills and experience in online instruction.
Personalized Authentic Feedback
Unlike many distance learning programs, which rely on autograding, Laurel Springs teachers provide their students with personalized authentic feedback, which allows students to identify their strengths and areas of challenge in order to improve the quality of future assignments.
Laurel Springs families enjoy a high-touch, relationship-based school experience. From their first contact with our Admissions Office, our families understand that Laurel Springs wants to create an academic experience that is a match for their children’s unique learning style, interests, and abilities. Our School Counseling and Student Services departments provide assistance to students that ensures the best possible academic experience–all from a student-centered perspective. At Laurel Springs, students are unique individuals that feel connected to teachers, admissions coordinators, school counselors, and student services staff.
Selecting an online school deserves careful thought and consideration, and Laurel Springs is proud of its personalized approach to student-centered learning through meaningful relationships.
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