The mission of the Tomball Connections Academy was created to inspire young people to reach their full academic potential, spend their whole lives developing their potential, and then live the life they deserve. The Connections Academy offers specialized academic programs designed to assist students achieve academic and athletic success in the areas they are interested in. This will allow students to reach their goals in an enjoyable learning environment that teaches proper decision-making skills. It also provides a structured way to achieve the academic goals and participate in extracurricular activities. This is not only beneficial for the student but also helps the school maintain a positive reputation.
My first experience with the Connections Academy was during the summer session of our second year of online teaching. The local school director, Mrs. Fields, was very helpful and understanding with her instruction style. I have learned that this style fits the Connections Academy model because it is both structured and hands-on. In addition, Mrs. Fields put me in touch with the school administration to let me know how the summer training sessions were and that I would be able to contact them with any questions.
Since taking the Connections Academy program, I have had many opportunities to improve my teaching methods. This included creating a better online school year schedule, adapting to my local schedule, preparing myself for the new system of grading, and adapting to the changing Learning System requirements. All of these things helped me focus my teaching on the areas that need the most work in order to teach effectively. Throughout the course of my original review, I had questions about the online learning system itself. In my original review, I did not have information about the Learning System requirements or how the grade system was modified from the traditional grading system.
The Connections Academy, like most online or cyber charter schools, uses a traditional grading system. However, they also use a different format of teaching in comparison to most traditional public schools. This has caused some concerns regarding the learning process itself. In my original review, I wrote that there were some concerns regarding the Learning System requirements. This concern is still present in the Connections Academy, however I have since been made aware that the grades are now more aligned with that of a traditional public school.
Currently, they grade off of a weighted bingo system. Students earn points based on their scores. These points can be spent on extra materials or tutoring by connecting with a professional tutor. In my original review, I talked about how students need to read the entire document, which can be a challenge for someone used to reading a standard text book. However, in my opinion, reading the Connections Academy response to my original question was a positive step and I look forward to seeing how the next year will go.
Connections Academy Review
My next article in this series will focus on the Connections Academy’s next year plan. It states that they will be working on improving their core texts. I am pleased that they are making an effort to improve their core texts. The original review said that there will be twenty books that they will be reviewing this year, but now I hear that it will be thirty-two.
The Connections Academy also plans to review two additional texts next year, which are books from Ebook University and Cyber Certification. These are both local schools with high reputations in their fields, but I was not sure how well they would do. They will join the National Association for the Examiners in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, which provides nationwide exams. I was not sure if I could reach cyber security by attending one of these courses, but then I remembered that this is not a public school next year, so I guess I will have to see how well I do. I am glad that the academy included a public safety component because it will help to protect our children online.
In conclusion, I am very happy that the Connections Academy has included a public safety component in its program. I hope that other CT schools will become proactive about this issue and join the bandwagon. We can only make a change if our local state or the federal government will start a campaign. So far, the state of Connecticut has been very proactive and they have created the Cyber Awareness Center for schools. As long as I am in charge of teaching at the Connections Academy, I will be monitoring these reviews and will have the final say if they pass or fail.