At OVS, the major thing I felt teachers were expecting out of students was grasping the material in a way that is applicable practically. I took a grade 12 Physics and English course with Ontario Virtual School and both times I felt that the practical application of things learned was an emphasis. For example, there were many videos provided throughout the course to make students understand the practicality of what we were learning. Especially with the Physics course. I think a big part of this journey with OVS was getting prepared for University. Unlike traditional setting, our teachers expected us to stay self-motivated to finish our work on time even when they were physically absent. If you overcome to this challenge as a student, it can prepare you for a more successful university life where professors do not spoon feed students.
Not one time did I feel pressure from the teachers at OVS. Both Mr. Lakhani, and Ms. Schmurdok were great. They let me work at my pace. This was a big deal for me because I had just started working at a new job. There was added pressure because it was my final year. The teachers were understanding of this, and it really helped. Both teachers were very helpful when it comes to responding to emails. They responded quickly to all my emails, and helped answer questions. My english teacher really helped me improve my overall writing, and she helped me obtain a great mark. I had a good experience, and I heard nothing but good things about the OVS and the staff.
At OVS, their teaching method is very efficient. For example, in grade 12 Kinesiology, all the course content was in the form of a PowerPoint. One thing I really like about this format was how the content wasn't only verbiage but there were videos incorporated within. Additionally, instead of simply studying and learning the content, we applied the information to real-life situations which made learning more impactful whereas in traditional school I wasn't previously exposed to them. This also prepares us for university as we had to stay self-motivated and productive to be successful which is exactly what we have to do in post-graduate life.
I found the teaching to be excellent. I thought the different activities the teacher set up were unique and allowed for me to explore different aspects of not only the course but the career paths it would take me on. For example we did many different kinds of assignments, one in which we looked at potential job opportunities, another one where we tracked a freight ship. The variety in activities would also allow for students with different strengths to really succeed. I found the work to be on par with a grade 12 course and the material given to be quite engaging from the textbook (though the references are a little out of date) to the slideshows with lots of examples there is something for everyone.