Oaks Christian Online

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Sometimes the transition back to school from Christmas break can be a challenge.  The stark contrast between lounging by the nativity scene with family and jumping into resolutions, meetings, grades and new courses can feel a bit overwhelming for educators and students. 

What we often need in these first weeks of January is a gentle transition, a little dawn between the night and the day.

On a lovely fall Saturday, OC Online hosted its first of two in-person fall semester lab days on Oaks Christian School’s main campus. Our students attend lab days to complete the required number of in-person labs for their online lab science courses. As part of the University of California accreditation requirements, students must complete one lab per unit in their science courses. OC Online offers 8 laboratory science courses with this requirement: college-prep and AP level Chemistry, college-prep and AP level Biology, college-prep and AP level Physics, Marine Biology, and AP Environmental Science. Since OC Online is home to students from all over the country and the world, students at a distance also participate in this lab requirement by receiving a lab kit with all their required equipment. They meet with a qualified adult in their homes or at one of our participating partner schools to complete the lab experiments. Having this lab component in our science courses not only promotes academic inquiry through scientific exploration, but it also provides a unique opportunity for students to connect with their teachers, peers, and staff.

When I began teaching online two years ago, I was highly skeptical. As a teacher with private, independent school and public, four-year college experience, the classroom was my stage. I operated like a conductor organizing a beautiful symphony of learning. When I hopped into AP English Literature and Composition for OC Online, hosting only one 30-minute live session in a virtual classroom each week, I worried.

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