The last day of school…in an online school

The last day of school in a full time online school is different than the last day of school in a traditional school.  As I think back to when I worked at a traditional school, the last day of school was a mixture of emotions and strategies to contain the excitement of the students.  The last day usually consisted of some type of final awards ceremony, funny presentations/lip synch productions by teachers, or mini-olympics all designed to channel the energy of students into positive outcomes.

In an online school, the final day of school is much more low-key.  During the final week of the school year, students may complete a final evaluation of courses and parents may complete an evaluation of the school.  Most online school work is completed the week before the end of the school year so teachers have time to sift through the varied last minute work often turned in by online students.  This part is really no different than traditional schools where teachers give students a deadline to turn in all final work.

The last day of school in an online school is very quiet since students have finished the bulk of their work and teachers are turning in final grades.  And, in most cases, the computers are turned off and that ends the school year!

However, good teachers and administrators in online schools, similar to traditional schools, spend time reflecting on what worked and what did not work during the previous school year.  And then, put in place new strategies to be more successful in the future.

Yes, the last day of school in an online school is different than a traditional school and not necessarily better or worse…just different.

 

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