Our online school encompasses learners from grade 7 through grade 12, and we offer an exceptional amount of flexibility due to the nature of our digital environment. However, I’ve learned that without the appropriate philosophy and vision of solid pedagogical practices, even high-tech digital environments can quickly become static and obsolete. All of our online teachers have a strong background in their core subject area, and have become masterful at using the digital tools at their disposal. In addition, I’ve learned that many teachers have taken online courses as a student – either through formalized professional development, as part of continuing education, or to bolster their own personal learning. As students and learners, these are some of the most flexible, adaptable, compassionate and conscientious educators I’ve ever known.
I’ve learned so much from each teacher I work with, and clearly recognize the strengths that each person brings to the team. As educators, we need to build and foster relationships in order to prepare our students for the next step in their journey – whether that is the next Sr. High course they are taking in series, the transition from grade 9 to 10, preparing for post-secondary education, or entering the world of work. Through the passion and dedication of our teachers, students are provided with opportunities to excel in their coursework, and therefore feel adequately prepared for their next steps.
I’ve learned the commitment and enthusiasm for teaching and learning online allows for students to excel in their academic courses.
I’ve learned I’m exceptionally lucky to work with the team I work with.
And I’ve learned that I’ve never had it better.
@montitanner: Assistant principal @cbelearn; MEd graduate @ulethbridge; Partner to @nealphilip; Daddy to @_xella_ & @TonquinTortoise.