Originally published by Sequim Gazette – July 29, 2020
This has been a difficult year for education. Many students, parents, and teachers, will let you know that the transition to online school during the pandemic wasn’t easy. As the fall quickly approaches, some are wondering if education will ever be the same again.
I want to assure you that online school can and does work. It’s up to school leaders to provide the proper tools and training to navigate this virtual world.
School might look different this fall, but learning will still happen. I’m a teacher at Insight School of Washington, an online public school. I know firsthand the difficulties of transitioning from the brick-and-mortar classroom to online after making the transition five years ago myself.
The switch was challenging at first, but now I love teaching online and making connections with my students.
Families choose online learning for many reasons – including my own. My daughter is starting first grade this fall at Washington Virtual Academy. After the death of her father and my husband a year ago, she needs a school where she can get a quality education while healing from this emotional trauma.
While online learning doesn’t work for every student, it should be an option for anyone. Let’s make sure we protect school choice.