Is Online Learning Better for Some Students?

The sudden shift to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic raised challenges for some students. Still other students appear to do better online. An article in the NY Times suggests that going back to the classroom might not be the best option for some students.

But one unexpected silver lining of the shutdown has been an improved learning experience for certain students, including some who struggle to pay attention in class and even some high-achieving self-starters. Enough students are benefiting from this crash course in remote learning that parents and educators are wondering if, when buildings reopen, there are aspects that can be continued for these students, as well as lessons that can apply to everyone else.

For some, the avoidance of distractions like disruptive classmates, or simply not being in a room filled with other children, has been a boon. Others have taken advantage of the ability, when offered by their teachers, to work at their own pace and take breaks when they want.

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