Students who have never taken an online class are probably wondering how online courses compare to traditional classes – especially for younger students. Online courses and traditional classes have similarities such as teachers, classmates, completion requirements, course materials, and assignments. Though the basic academic skills for success are similar for all grade levels, self-direction, time management, and self-motivation are critical for student success in the online environment. For younger students, the help of a caring adult is important for developing these characteristics.
Once enrolled, all DVS students are expected to
Depending upon their grade level and development, students enrolled in online courses will be provided with the opportunity to increase their ability to
Caring adults play an important role in each student’s education. Best practices and research indicates that students do best when they receive additional support and guidance from an adult who will make a commitment to routinely provide educational support.
Each student is unique in their learning needs – and their learning needs may not match our own! For example, does your child do best when learning in a quiet space or does the child do best when in a space with a little bit of distraction? If students work in their own room, ensuring that they are spending time in the courseware is important. Sometimes, the best space for school work is the kitchen or dining room table where students have ready access to an adult.
Communication with your student’s teacher(s) is essential, especially for students in grades K-8. We encourage parents to reach out to their child's teacher(s) with any questions or concerns.
The DVS will provide an orientation designed to help students navigate Schoology and their individual courses. While teachers offer navigational help, it may not always be possible for the student’s teacher to meet with each student at the moment they are challenged. Until they are fully familiarized with the routines of navigation, they may need some help from you.
The DVS communications philosophy is built upon the idea that healthy relationships provide a necessary component to effective teaching and learning. Teachers are eager to build a relationship with both their students and parents. The DVS encourages parents to reach out whenever they have questions or concerns or celebrations to share.
Parents who have questions and/or concerns should first contact their student's teacher(s) and are encouraged to seek immediate resolution of any issues. Prompt action can frequently prevent complications and more serious problems in the future. Teacher contact information and office hours can be found in each course within Schoology.
A virtual parent-teacher conference day is scheduled each semester. Additional meetings to discuss concerns, questions, and student progress may be scheduled at any time during the semester. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teacher as soon as questions arise. Requests for conferences may also be directed to the assistant principal for coordination with the teacher.