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Empowering Students Through Choice Education: A Midyear Switch to Virtual Learning

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Liz Sigler
Liz Sliger, Head of School at Indiana Digital Learn School (INDLS)

As we find ourselves at the midpoint of the academic year, it’s crucial to reflect on the well-being and academic progress of our students. In doing so, we must consider the option of switching to virtual education, a choice that holds the potential to transform the educational journey for those facing challenges in traditional settings.

Traditional education, while a longstanding and valued approach, may not always provide the tailored support that each student needs. The one-size-fits-all model can inadvertently leave some students struggling with comprehension, battling bullying, or facing other negative experiences that hinder their overall growth. This is where the beauty of choice education, particularly the option to switch to virtual learning, shines through.

One of the primary advantages of virtual education is the ability to customize the learning experience. Students facing comprehension challenges can benefit from personalized approaches that cater to their unique learning styles. Virtual platforms often offer a variety of interactive tools and resources that can be adapted to suit individual needs, fostering a deeper understanding of the material.

Bullying, unfortunately, remains a prevalent concern and issue in traditional school settings as recently reported by the Pew Research Center. Switching to virtual education can provide a reprieve for students who have been subjected to bullying, creating a safer and more comfortable environment for their academic development. The virtual space allows for increased supervision and monitoring, reducing the likelihood of such negative experiences, and easing the concern for parents.

Moreover, virtual education empowers students with the flexibility to learn at their own pace. For those who may have fallen behind, this flexibility provides an opportunity to catch up without the pressures of keeping up with the class. It eliminates the stigma associated with struggling in a traditional classroom setting, promoting a positive and supportive learning environment.

The benefits of a midyear switch to virtual learning extend beyond academic performance. By choosing education that aligns with their needs, students are more likely to develop a love for learning and a sense of autonomy over their education. This empowerment not only enhances their academic journey but also equips them with valuable life skills such as self-discipline and time management.

It’s important for our community to recognize the importance of offering diverse educational options that cater to the individual needs of our students. By embracing the flexibility and personalization that virtual education provides, we can create an inclusive and supportive environment where every student can thrive.

Let’s empower our students by offering them the choice to learn in a way that enhances their comprehension, shields them from bullying, and creates a positive and fulfilling educational experience.

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