#Rethink School: Why Should You Have to Stay in One Place to Learn?
The tapping of pencils, the ticking of the clock, the fidgeting of legs—distractions abound in a traditional classroom setting. For many active children, staying in one place for hours is harmful to their quality of learning. Others may find it hard to focus if they’re thinking about their external passions, such as when they can practice sports or manage their own business next. Instead of focusing on the learning at hand, your child might be too busy thinking about all the things to do once the dismissal bell rings.
Online school avoids these roadblocks, all with the flexibility of location. To start, students get time back from cutting out transportation time to and from school; that added time for sleep, sports, and hobbies is just the start of virtual learning convenience. Find out all the places your busy learner could attend school from to best suit their needs, personality, and schedule.
From a Personalized Workspace
Online schooling allows each student to create a space where they learn best. While a traditional classroom can feel restrictive and result in unpredictable distractions, a personalized workspace allows controlled familiarity. Factors such as good lighting and comfortable seating should be prioritized when creating your child’s own personal classroom, but even base requirements call for personalization. Your child might work better with dimmer lighting versus a brighter setting, even their chair preference could make all the difference. But beyond the essentials, the home environment permits the freedom for your child to choose.
Perhaps your learner works best taking paper notes while in online live sessions. Their space can prioritize writing space and a filing system for easy reference to previous notes. Other learners may require additional aides for learning focus. For example, Stride K12 student Connor needs fidget toys to focus in class. At a traditional brick-and-mortar school, the fidget toys were seen as a distraction for other students. However, online school makes sure fidget toys can be a part of the workspace for heightened focus and lessened anxiety.
From a Standing Desk
For some, a seated workspace might be the wrong solution. Though standing desks have received support from educators, adoption in traditional schools is slow and might not serve everyone’s needs in a normal classroom. A study of 100 elementary school students found standing desks saw an increase in physical activity and better concentration, particularly for younger students.
During the school year, physical activity naturally decreases as class time replaces summer outdoor activities. The combination of a standing desk along with online school, makes it easier to fit your child’s physical activity into a school schedule. In addition to the cognitive and mental benefits of physical activity, even simply standing makes a difference in physical health. According to Healthline, standing for an hour burns 100 to 200 calories an hour, in comparison to an hour of sitting, which burns 60 to 130 calories. For students that have a harder time focusing or have ADHD, a simple switch from sitting to standing will decrease restlessness and lack of concentration.
From the Couch
A busy day of learning shouldn’t mean no time for rest. In fact, adding rest throughout the day may increase academic success. According to a study of 3,000 students aged 10-12, midday napping leads to mood boosts, self-control, fewer behavioral problems, and higher IQ. Research shows that even taking smaller, purposeful mental breaks increases energy, productivity, and focus.
Rest can also take place during learning. Switching up your child’s workspace when necessary, such as a couch associated with calm and rest, may ease moments of anxiety or discomfort. Having the option to lie down while learning helps school become more accessible during medical disruptions, limiting the negative effects of missing school due to health issues.
While On the Road
If your child is a gifted athlete or has a hobby that requires travel, in-person schooling may prevent them from reaching their full potential. The flexibility of an online school schedule allows external ambitions and academics to receive equal importance and attention. Stride K12 student Ella found that online school allowed her to compete in horse showing on a national level. Ella says: “Enrolling in online school has simplified the equation for me to travel across the country and plan for my future.”
Virtual school means your child can learn on-the-go to maximize opportunities for unique talent. Being able to attend out-of-state tournaments or train during the day allows a complete exploration of where their talent could take them, whether it’s to an esteemed college via athletic scholarships or directly to a professional career. Eliminate any doubt or “what-ifs” by fully opening the door to real-world achievement early.
At Your Side Hustle
A recent survey found that 60 percent of teens would rather start their own business than work a standard job. With a current boom of young entrepreneurs, online school not only exposes technological skills necessary to start a business but provides the flexibility to conduct operations during business hours. Take Stride K12 student Landon, for example, a six-year-old business owner. Landon started his business, Hats for Cats, sewing hats, bags, pet beds, masks, and other products. So far, he’s donated $10,000 to five charities. Early exposure to business and finance expands your child’s future possibilities and success, all thanks to the ability to learn anywhere.
Online school gives the most options for a personalized learning environment. Enroll your child in a Stride K12 online school so they’ll get the most out of learning and make time for their passions.
Elisabeth is a current student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism with certificates in Entrepreneurial Management and Writing. She hopes to get a job in creative media telling engaging stories in the future. In her free time, you can find Elisabeth collecting used vinyl and baking!