School has changed a lot since my husband and I were growing up. One of us grumbles about it, and the other listens patiently. “We didn’t have alternative seating when I was at Hilldale. Why do all these kids need their own iPads?” et cetera, et cetera.
But the truth is, you wouldn’t want your doctor using medicine and techniques from twenty years ago, right? We’ve learned a lot about cancer and HIV in the past few decades and the brain is no different. Understanding how the brain works informs pedagogy and curriculum in public education, so we should all embrace the changes in how teachers teach because they are responding to how students learn.
Virtual education is no exception, and I am so proud to say that once again Putnam City was on the forefront of this movement, providing online learning to students more than a decade ago. Virtual education is a way for students who cannot do their best in a traditional school to still get a quality Putnam City education. Mind you, for most every child, being in a classroom having instruction from a certified teacher surrounded by peers is still the best way to learn, but our district is mindful of those few children who, because of health issues or their unique circumstances, need to have a virtual opportunity.
In reading up on how Putnam City conducts its virtual program, I was truly impressed. As a parent, you will know the expectations for your child, and easily be able to check their progress. The students still learn from certified teachers, and have opportunities to ask questions in real time. According to the website (https://www.putnamcityschools.org/departments/information-technology/virtualeducation), teachers:
- Engage and instruct students in a real-time, virtual classroom.
- Develop individualized lesson plans for each student.
- Track student progress and adjust lesson plans based on individual needs.
- Provide individual support via email, phone, LiveLesson® technology, and in-person where practical.
- Our teachers become part of your student’s education — instructing, encouraging, and supporting.
One of the best parts? It’s already paid for through your tax dollars! You don’t have to go searching for a respected education institution to provide the content your child needs. You have Oklahoma’s oldest school district here to provide you with the latest in student technology. Another great part is that, since the child is a Putnam City student, she can participate in Putnam City’s extra-curricular activities, like high school football and music!
Why have you not heard of this? Well, that’s a longer story for another blog, but suffice it to say, our district isn’t permitted to pay for advertising and toot its own horn. We like to do that for them. So, check it out! See if this is what’s best for your child. We are happy to have you in Putnam City.