The potential of online learning

Originally published on The Colorado Springs Gazette - July 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted aspects of everyone’s lives. But that doesn’t mean that students’ education has to be impacted.

For the past 20 years, I’ve been a teacher. In this role, it is my responsibility to lead the next generation to success, no matter the circumstances. This requires adaptability to any situation. For the past nine years, I’ve taught in an online classroom. As the pandemic continues, I believe that this can be a solution for students to continue their education.

I’m a high school math teacher at Destinations Career Academy of Colorado. In this role, I have the privilege of seeing how online learning can work. Teaching math online allows me to work with students in smaller groups. Hosting breakout groups or even one-on-one sessions with my students allows them to fully understand the material and get the extra help they need.

Online school lets me get to know each of my students on a personal level, which is one of the things I enjoy most about teaching. Students also work together to solve problems, play games, and create a community within my classroom.

With uncertainty about what the next school year will look like, I urge parents to consider the potential of online learning. It provides many in our state with an option to continue learning without disruption. This consistency will provide a sense of normalcy in a world where everything is constantly changing.

Jennifer Jones
Castle Rock

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