Students like the flexibility that online classes offer for a variety of reasons. In part one we addressed credit recovery, teen parenting, and work commitments during traditional school hours.
6. Special Education. Students who have special education needs are often lost in the classroom. Teachers usually cannot devote enough time one on one to each student.
The virtual environment allows the student to go at their own pace and get more support from parents, teachers, and the school’s special education team. This can help some special education students thrive.
7. Social Issues. There are many students who suffer from social issues such as social anxiety, problems with teachers or authority, or oppositional defiance disorder. These students can flourish in an online environment since the can feel a sense of anonymity.
Additionally they can participate in group projects, group discussions, blogs and messaging or email at a distance. This can help engage the student without the fears associated with social disorders.
8. ADD/ADHD. Attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affect about 2 students in every classroom across the country today. Not having the attention span to sit in a classroom environment causes much distress on ADD/ADHD students.
Changing to an online environment often is one successful intervention for students with ADD or ADHD. The ability to start and stop lessons, to work at varying hours, and the increased support from teachers can help these students be more successful.
9. Sickness. Some students have illnesses such as sickle cell anemia or immune disorders, which can make the traditional school setting difficult. Others may have been in an accident where they need to attend physical therapy.
Being able to take advantage of the flexibility of online school allows students to attend doctor’s appointments freely. Also being able to start work and stop as needed helps students exhausted from their condition is a huge benefit.
10. Bullying. Students through middle school and high school are experiencing bullying more and more. In the classroom and through all sorts of technological avenues students are being harassed and intimidated.
One way to help these students regain some control in their academic lives is by enrolling them in an online environment. The monitoring in the online education system eliminates bullying that goes on in the traditional school setting.
Online schools provide a flexible alternative for students who want to continue their education through an obstacle or adventure they may face. Students who want to graduate early can excel in online schools just as those with learning difficulties can.
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