6 Things to Think About When Starting High School

By on March 15th, 2018

One of the most important times of a student’s life is the transition from middle school to high school. Students often ponder important questions about high school, such as:

What should I wear the first day? How can I get into PE with my best friend? How am I supposed to get from one side of the campus to the other in two minutes?

While these questions might be on the forefront of an 8th grader’s mind, there are other important questions that they want to be thinking of before heading to high school. Continue reading

Get to Know FLVS Full Time

By on March 5th, 2018

FLVS Full Time is a tuition-free online public school that gives students the freedom to follow their own unique path to learning and build one-on-one relationships with teachers. Students enrolled with FLVS Full Time take all of their classes (a total of six online courses) following the standard school year.

In today’s blog post, two students share why they chose FLVS Full Time and describe a typical day as an online learning student. Continue reading

For the Love of Grammar

By on March 2nd, 2018

What’s something everyone uses every single day, but is not often thought about? Give up? It’s grammar!

National Grammar Day is observed in the United States on March 4. It was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, author of “Things That Make Us [Sic]” and founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Continue reading

Olympic-Sized Learning

By on February 28th, 2018

Photo Courtesy Classroom Champions

Picture this: You log in to your live lesson. Instead of your usual teacher, you see that your teacher is Erin Hamlin, four-time Olympic medalist and the flag bearer for Team USA at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony!

This is exactly what some of our Mega News Network student-journalists experienced on Thursday, February 22 when they participated in an online chat with Olympic athletes live from South Korea! What a great way to celebrate Digital Learning Day!

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20 Years of Student Success

By on February 26th, 2018

This article was originally written and published in the FLVS student newspaper, News in a Click

It’s a fact! This year, FLVS is turning 20. It is crazy to believe that there have been 20 years of discussion based assessments, collaborations and, most importantly, 20 years of outstanding student success.

For many students, virtual school means different things. “I AM FLVS” is a phrase that makes every student think about how they represent their school. Continue reading

Celebrating Digital Learning at FLVS

By on February 22nd, 2018

Every year, FLVS faculty and staff attend In-Service Training Days in Orlando. It’s always a great opportunity to discuss educational advancements and explore new technologies. This year’s training was held in November and I truly think it’s one of the best times of the year for FLVS teachers.

Our annual In-Service Training Days give us a chance to “sharpen the saw,” collaborate, and network with other colleagues. (It’s kind of like a very productive high school reunion where you get to see your teammates face to face.) Once you get over how great your team leader looks with her new hair color, you can start brainstorming ways to make your live lessons more engaging next semester! Continue reading

Career and Technical Education Month

By on February 13th, 2018

In honor of Career and Technical Education Month, a public awareness campaign takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. I would like to recognize all of our outstanding CTE educators and students for making a difference in the world.

Each month, FLVS CTE will focus on a different soft skill that is essential for today’s students as they enter college or the workforce. This month’s focus is communication. Continue reading

Project-Based Learning in Online Education

By on February 12th, 2018

Project-based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question.

The benchmarks of high-quality, project-based learning opportunities include a challenging problem, sustained inquiry, authenticity, student choice, and reflection or revision. In a project-based assessment opportunity, the goal is not just to bubble an answer choice. Instead, the student needs to process through a complex scenario and apply what was learned from the content to produce a unique sample demonstrating understanding.  Continue reading

Growing Global Awareness

By on February 3rd, 2018

We’ve all heard the term: global awareness. As educators, we’re expected to create citizens who can compete and collaborate in society on a global scale.

But how? And why? And, well, what is it? Continue reading