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From: Sharon (24.110.201.194)
Subject:         Re: Compuhigh program
Date: March 4, 2009 at 9:17 am PST

In Reply to: Compuhigh program posted by Michelle Mattson on March 2, 2009 at 7:11 am:

We are not using Compuhigh, but we are doing another online high school program,(have been at it for a couple years) and I will say that it took some adjusting to get used to at first, especially staying on pace and keeping up with the work, and learning how to manage all the assignments and courseload. It was very hard getting used to it, and the student has to learn to look ahead at the work and plan a way to manage time to get it all done.

If you have not done this, I suggest you contact the teachers where you feel there are problems, and discuss the areas which seem to be frustrating. Sometimes the teachers don't know if a student's difficulties are because the work is too demanding, or if the pace too fast, or if the student simply isn't motivated to do the work and isn't bothering to work.

My son is a very slow reader and writer, so assignments which required a lot of reading or a lengthy writing project would always take him about 10 times longer than a normal student. He is very bright, but he is very slow in these areas.

By talking with the teachers, we were able in some cases to get the teacher to adjust the pace expectations for him because she/he knew he was actually working, but was just slow. In other cases, after an assignment was not "up to snuff" he was allowed (if it was very bad, sometimes he was *required*) to re-do it for a better grade. This actually is something of an advantage because most traditional schools don't give students do-overs to improve their grades. Teachers are so busy trying to keep to their planbooks that kids who can't "get" the material are simply left behind because the whole class has to move ahead. Do-overs give the student a second chance to interact with and learn the material if needed.

One other thing that has been at times frustrating -- sometimes my son has found problems -- outdated links in assignments, for example. Or, from time to time in a test or quiz, the "correct" answer to a question is not really the correct answer. He will find the evidence from his coursework and contact the teacher and ask (politely) why his answer was marked wrong. Sometimes, it's because the question is nuanced in such as way that his answer really is wrong, but there have been a number of occcasions where the test was wrong. In those cases, he was given credit for his correct answer and his score was adjusted. We have found teachers mostly responsive and appreciative, and it is far less frustrating for a student to know for sure his answer really was right.

I don't know if any of this addresses the issues you are having, and I don't know if Compuhigh is structured so that parents and teachers can discuss problems, but if you haven't tried contacting the teachers, I think that might be a useful first step.


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