All educators have underachievers from struggling students to gifted students. Two ways that an educator (or parent) can help in these instances are Response to Intervention (RTI) and Differentiated Instruction (DI).
Diverse learners need interventions for differentiated instructions, and one way to achieve this is through online learning. Why? Because not all students learn the same. What you differentiate is how the student meets the objective, how they master the objective and the content you want them to grasp from the activity.
Online learning is student centered. This is a place where they can work at their own pace. It is also a way that they can make a choice if there is more than one activity to choose from and then go from activity to activity to see the content of the lesson in a different way.
But how do you do it? Well preparation is key, and you have to be organized with time too if you want to see success with using online learning as part of DI.
First decide how you’re going to institute online learning. Do you have access to enough computers for your whole classroom? Will it be a designated time period where they all partake in it at one time? Will it be only for children that can’t grasp the concepts traditionally? Will it be a “reward” for good behavior? Or in a homeschool setting: will you dedicate the core curriculum to it or use it as a supplement? Will you put a time limit to the online learning?
If your students are behind with reading skills, most online learning also comes with audio instructions and often visual instructions as well. This helps boost self esteem since the student isn’t automatically discouraged because they aren’t able to understand what is being asked of them.
As a teacher or a home educator if you’ve never done online learning before and you have students struggling with math concepts or other core curriculum standards, it’s worth looking into to see how you can use it in your classroom.