The greatest challenge of congregational teaching is reaching every student on every lesson. Regardless of how much an instructor may desire to do so, it is simply impossible for a lone instructor or even multiple instructors and/or instructional assistants to wholly reach the number of students in the traditional classroom. For this reason, many students are in fact “left behind.”
Online or electronic schooling of all “brick and mortar” or campus-based students would avail every student one-on-one instruction, and the possibility of repeating or revisiting instruction as needed, either in class, at home, at a public library, or wherever else the students would have access to computers beyond the classroom.
Electronic Manual Writing & Drawing
Technology even enables manual writing on computers. Certain assignments, like letter tracing/practice* for early learning students, or art, especially for animation purposes, requires manual writing or drawing. Connection of digital pens & pads to each student desktop computer would be most ideal for electronic manual writing and drawing in classrooms *(http://www.timetoplaymag.com/toys/5429/elately/itrace-handwriting-for-kids/)
Campus-Based Online or Electronic Learning as a Major Behavioral Intervention
Campus-based online or electronic learning would also be an excellent intervention as with curtailing distractions or addressing attention deficit disorder, which challenges the learning process for many students. Utilization of headphones tunes out background noises and would draw students into the lesson, which would mean less talking, frolicking, and/or spats during class time.
The response of even autistic students to online learning is simply remarkable. I observed an autistic student go from an extensive series of outbursts that were scarcely harnessed by any method or source of intervention to silence with simply an allotment of computer time. Unfortunately, actual course lessons are not available online or electronically in campus-based classrooms as of yet. And this student misses a significant portion of class work (albeit his notable intelligence), as standard protocol requires his removal during uncontrollable episodes of outbursts that are disturbing and/or interruptive of instructional time for his teachers and classmates, which are a majority of the time.
Essentially, all classes and the whole of Common Core objectives and lessons should be online or computer-based. The exercising component of Physical Education courses would be impractical via said method; instructional aspects, text and video, of the course would be practical, however, and noting that exercising components of PE would continue as usual. And while lunch would as well be impractical online, students could pre-select their meal choices online or via computer and learn the nutritional value, calories, etc. of and even track their consumption, Weight Watchers points, etc. of the meals, information that would be automatically generated. Students could additionally log in to record and track other meals that they eat at home and elsewhere throughout the day.
District Production of Classroom-based Online or Electronic Instructional Software
To abate costs of such an initiative, each school district could produce its own Common Core lessons software that would be downloaded to all student computers and linked to relevant district networks, rather than purchasing online services from private entities for each student, unless a given student would actually be attending an approved virtual school or certain courses from a virtual school from an assigned school campus.
The Role of Instructors
Instructors would no more be overwhelmed by the duty of assuring that each student grasps course material. They would rather be overseers of the computer-based schooling process, and, more practically, attend to possibly increased class sizes, but less students who’d actually need additional assistance.