Virtual schooling is a wonderful opportunity—and in many ways, it is easier than traditional homeschooling. Lesson plans are already provided. Students have access to teachers to help them any time they need it. In many cases, it seems as though learning takes place while the parent sits back and watches, just like it would in a traditional public school setting—except with the added benefit that it takes place from home, on the schedule that parents choose for their children, and there’s no scrambling to complete homework each evening.
Virtual schooling, however, is not quite that easy. There is no simply “sit back and watch.” A virtual schooling parent needs to be engaged.
You might be a lazy virtual schooling parent if….
· You can go for a week without logging into the online system…and not feel that you’ve missed accomplishing anything.
· Your children know your password (hint: they shouldn’t!) and frequently use it to fill in their own attendance or fill in their grades for assessments that you should have graded.
· You have no idea what your children are working on in any of their subjects, and have no desire to know.
· Your children know not to ask you any questions—they save those for their teachers (at least when they remember to ask them).
· You haven’t ever opened one of the teacher’s guides for your students’ lessons—though they have, a time or two, to look up an answer that they didn’t understand.
· You dread conference time, because you know your child’s progress is behind again and you don’t want to talk about it.
· You often deliberately skip school days so that you can accomplish other things…including things that don’t really need to be done.
· Your children are growing steadily further and further behind, and you have no motivation to correct it.
· You consider progress to be “optional.”
· School is the least important thing in your day—everything else has to be finished first.
· You consider conferences and class connect sessions to be impositions on your day.
Are you a lazy virtual schooling parent? And if you are…is that really benefitting your child? Is this the best educational option for them, or would they be better served by being in a traditional brick and mortar school session, where you can drop them off for the day and see about your own activities, and they can be immersed in learning throughout the day?