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Thad Simmons is a math teacher at Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA) High School.

As we approach the end of the semester, unfortunately some students have fallen behind in one or more of their courses.  For those of you who are new to virtual learning there are some strategies unique to this platform that may help you to improve your standing in those courses.

1.CONTACT YOUR TEACHER TO WORK TOGETHER ON A PLAN TO PASS THE COURSE.

More than likely the teacher knows the best path for you to take for success.  However, the teacher has around 125 students to work with.  For a teacher to work with you, you need to reach out to that teacher.  You will find that most teachers who have chosen to teach in virtual school have a vested interest in seeing that this platform allows for more opportunities for student success.

2.DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR CURRENT ASSIGNMENTS IN THE CLASSES THAT YOU ARE PASSING.

Even though we pride ourselves in being “flexible,” most students who are successful are submitting work in every class each week.  This includes the weeks at the end of the semester.  If you are passing certain courses, you want to keep those grades up.  It does not serve you to endanger your passing courses by neglecting them in order to devote ALL of your time on the courses that you are struggling in.

3.TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE 24-7 NATURE OF VIRTUAL SCHOOL.

Unlike the brick and mortar schools, a virtual student can turn in assignments or submit assessments any day of the week at any hour of the day.  A great way to catch up is to be willing to work outside the normal school hours and on the weekends.

While it goes without saying that we hope that all students are passing all of their classes, the reality is that students do fall behind and face the danger of failing a course and not earning credit toward graduation.  Hopefully some of the ideas expressed in this blog help you if you are in that situation.

About The Author

Thad Simmons

Thad Simmons is a math teacher at Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA) High School. Prior to his current position, he spent 34 years in brick and mortar schools in Arizona and Nevada. While teaching for the Clark County School District, Thad was on the founding board of directors for Nevada Virtual Academy, and he served on the board from 2007-2012. While teaching at brick and mortar schools, Thad coached three state championship basketball teams and two state championship track and field teams. He and his wife, Teri, live in Henderson, Nevada, and have three adult children.

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