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Avoiding Virtual Schooling Problems: Unbalanced Subject Completion

Emily L. Goodman

What child doesn’t love the idea of doing the subjects that they want to do every day? If they hate math, there can be entire days when they don’t even open a lesson of it. If they love literature, they can complete two lessons every day, at least until the lessons run out. And why not? They’re just sitting right there; and the rules only say that they have to complete six and a half hours of school a day. No one ever says what they have to be.

In theory, that’s great; but it becomes very easy to focus entirely on the preferred subjects and ignore the others entirely. This is especially true if your less-preferred subject is the same as your child’s. Don’t like teaching math? Well, you can put it off for just one more day. Passionately hate science experiments and the mess that goes along with them? Well, you don’t have as many of those lessons anyway.

Then suddenly, you’re at the end of the year, and you realize that you have a lot of catching up to do in a core subject. It’s only English and math that really count towards your child’s ability to progress to the next grade level; but falling behind in history and science isn’t good, either, and art and music offer a valuable portion of your child’s education.

Keep an eye on the daily plan. It should be organized to reflect the lessons that actually need to be completed throughout the course of a week or month. If your child is completing all of the lessons on their daily plan each day, they’re probably pretty close to being right on track (or a little ahead). Use this as a gauge for what your child is doing.

Watch progress. Your teacher will let you know fairly regularly how much progress is expected in each subject area. If your child isn’t progressing in one or more areas, then you need to focus on that area for a little while—perhaps completing more lessons daily, or perhaps removing a subject that has more progress in favor of one that doesn’t.

Attend class connect sessions. Many of these complete lessons during the class.

Do your child’s least favorite subject first. This will help keep all of you on track and will help avoid running out of time.

Don’t give in to whining. It’s easier to just go ahead and get it over with. After all, it has to be done; and a steady lack of progress will not only indicate that your child isn’t learning like they should be, but could result in dismissal from the virtual academy setting.

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