A PARENT’S ROLE IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD OF EDUCATION…

In cyber schools or online schools, parents play a VERY important role; parents are Learning Coaches and Mentors that have an extensive support system. Parents make sure their child is on track and progressing in their school work. In most K-8 online models the parent can adjust the daily schedule to meet the needs of the individual child and help the child work at his/her own pace. At the high school level the adult is less involved, students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher. I strongly believe that parental involvement often leads to student success.

I am so often asked how many hours a parent will need to spend each day with their child in this educational model. Of course each child learns at their own pace, but on average, I would say that as a parent of children in K-5 you can expect to spend approximately 3-5 hours per day supporting their education. In the middle school model, grades 6-8, your child will gain some independence and you can expect to spend anywhere from 1-3 hours per day supporting your child. By the time your child enters high school, he/she is expected to manage his/her time with greater independence. A supportive parent is still very important at the high school level, but again, the high school students work at a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher.

The partnership between teachers and parents is vital to the success of the student. Educators will communicate with parents through all or most of these synchronous and asynchronous ways: e-mail, IM, phone, F2F, or in live online sessions where teachers offer suggestions, advice, and direction in helping students succeed.

Being a part of my children’s education is the most rewarding experience and to be totally honest, learning was not a priority for me when I was growing up, but now I am learning alongside my children. It makes for an interesting atmosphere and conversation in our home when all three of my children are studying the same time period in history but at different levels. It’s magical to watch my children grow and learn academically, and although there is a tremendous responsibility and time commitment to ensuring that all 3 of my children succeed academically…I love being a parent of cyber schoolers!

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  1. Very well put! It makes for an interesting atmosphere!

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    Great post Lori!

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