For many schools, the transition to online learning as a result of COVID-19 school closures was abrupt and disjointed for both students and teachers. But Rio Rancho Cyber Academy (RRCA) in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is a tech-forward school to learn from as they were already using a hybrid approach to instruction. With an alternating schedule, students were used to coming to the school 2–3 days per week, and working from home for the remainder of the week. Now, they work entirely from home with virtual support from their educators.
RRCA teachers love their unique approach to learning because it allows educators to provide the enrichment, or the “icing on the cake,” while the students learn the content from the online learning platform. The core of the lesson is introduced, taught, and reinforced online, while the teachers work with students as necessary to reinforce more complicated ideas. When working online, students can work at their own pace and stop videos, and even watch them again if they struggle to understand. But the best part of their school design is the personalized support students receive from their teachers and the incredible relationships they have built.
But don’t take our word for it; in this video, educators and students from RRCA discuss the reasons online learning works for them. And while they can no longer offer in-person lessons, teachers are still virtually connecting with students one-on-one to ensure comprehension and guide their students to success.
Video by Jayme Griffiths, Emily Kirk, and Wallace Weatherspoon