Janet Johnson's blog
In a recent survey, we asked 500 middle and high school students from around the country about their attitudes towards school. The results are in, and it is fascinating to read what was on the minds of today's students. Here are a few interesting bits of information we learned from the survey:
The good news for parents and teachers?
- Nearly 90% of teens said they are planning to enroll in a four-year college, community college or technical program when they graduate from high school.
- 43% ranked going to college at the top of the list when asked if they could do anything when they graduate.
The challenging news?
- As the number of classrooms shrinks and the student population grows, middle and high schoolers feel like they are being lost in the shuffle.
- 60% said that when they fall behind in their classes, they have to ask for help or don’t get the help they need to catch up.
- More than 33% confirmed that they have to ask to be challenged when they are doing well.
- 55% of students say that bullying is a problem in their school
I think we were surprised by both of those findings. The results of this survey were quite telling, and it sheds an interesting light on the attitudes many students have towards school.
We have also taken the opportunity to survey our own students as well in an effort to compare the attitudes of traditional school students to the attitudes of online students, and we will share these results with you as they come available.
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One of the nice things about working in the early phases of a growing market is that we’re all finding our ways together. A very common question that comes up when we talk with students and parents is:
What kind of child can thrive online?
Our iQ Academy Washington teachers got together and created a “Preparing for Online Success” quiz that helps students and their families rank their learning habits in order to prepare to be an online learner. More than 1M students in grades kindergarten through 12 are taking classes online today. Our most successful students have (and I’d pose in this order):
- Supportive parents or family members at home to help out
- A sense of independence
- The ability to understand written instructions
- A joy around technology
I am relatively new to online learning, but an old hand at blogging. I joined KCDL, parent company of iQ Academy, last October, as VP of Marketing. I've been marketing software, technology and communications solutions for many years; and experiencing the extreme relevance of this particular juicy blend of technology and education is extremely delightful to me.
In my blog posts here, I'll be exploring topics such as:
- Online learning trends – how is this option growing? Who's adopting it?
- Social media – how do parents and students thrive online?