I was led to the waters of online teaching at the end of April when I was chosen to pilot the e2020 program for my district. At first I was resistant, thinking that I would lose the interaction I had with the students as well as the content. How wrong I was! If anything, the interaction with students increased with those who needed extra help. It was truly a one-to-one experience because I could focus on exactly what the student needed extra help with.
Since I completed the pilot and had success with it, I was “encouraged” to teach summer school. 🙂 This time, I would be working with approximately 15-20 students in grades 9-12 completing credit recovery in English, World History, Algebra 1 and 2, and Geometry. (Yes, the running joke is that I am “teaching” math! :D) While I worry that the math students did not get the assistance they needed for their courses, the English and history students had a very high rate of success as they had the extra help they needed from me and my co-teacher, Patrick.
Online learning has proven to be successful for the students in GCPS. Last year we graduated 5 young men enrolled in the credit recovery program with full high school diplomas, not GEDs. This coming year, we will graduate 3 more young men in December upon their completion of e-courses in government, geometry, and English. In under a year, we will have “saved” 8 teenagers from dropping out of high school.