Distance Learning Schedules Teachers and students share their thoughts on the new schedules

By Jinsoo Kato

“I feel less motivated to do work because I don’t have to be there for classes,” Belen said. “Compared to actual learning at school you have to go [to school]. In the mornings it’s difficult for me to get up.” Senior Jomar Belen said.

Like many other students, Belen has mixed feelings about how well the distance schedule has been going for him. Belen feels that amount of learning time and homework is disproportionate.

“It’s because for most of my classes we just go over assignments for like 20 minutes. We only have 2 hours for a class in a week. I feel that we need a little bit more time...They should assign a little less simply because we don’t have enough proper learning time for the actual assignments,” Belen said.

“The thing about distance learning, people won’t really pay attention in classes and they’ll mostly focus on some other thing since it’s more accessible to play games and such.”

Underclassmen like Freshman Zahara Safiq share some same sentiments on distance learning.

“Kind of a mixed feeling… On one side… I can take a break if I finish all my work but on the other side it’s degrading because you’re pushed with so much work and you only have so much time.,” Safiq said.

Safiq feels that the distance learning schedule also needs more time in the schedule. “I think we’re meeting too little because I only get 2 hours with my teachers which sucks...For me at home I have a bunch of familial duties… I need to take care of my family, clean up, etc.” Safiq said.

“I think a lot of students need to be physically on campus and they need that support, daily support, daily instructions, and to be with their peers in a class or class setting.”

Chemistry Teacher Tom Grace

However, students are only one side of the story in distance learning. While students are adapting to learning online, the same is happening with teachers at the other end.

“ I don’t think it’s going well for the most part.” Chemistry teacher Tom Grace said. “I think a lot of students need to be physically on campus and they need that support, daily support, daily instructions, and to be with their peers in a class or class setting.”

“It’s more difficult and challenging to work in this format because everything is electronic... It’s challenging to work efficiently and effectively in this kind of setting. It’s much more informative and much more effective if it’s in a classroom setting dealing with physical papers,” Grace said.

Though, Grace believes this distance learning schedule is the best option so far.

“I think right now it’s probably the right fit, it’s probably the best fit we got, Grace said. It’s hard to judge because you have nothing to go by. We don’t have spent years tweaking the schedule [no past years where distance-learning was used. This is all new].” Grace said.

As homework remains a large stressor of students during the pandemic, Grace had to change how often he would give assignments.

“No, I don’t think it’s ok to give [students] more [homework]. When I assign assignments a lot of the time I’ll assign them on a monday, just one document, paper. It will not be due until thursday or friday. I give my students a lot more time in this format.” In contrast if the scenario was in-person learning Grace explained that he would assign a document and have it due the next day.

“ I just want them to demonstrate they learned the concepts and standards...”

Government Teacher Brian Ortiz

Government teacher Brian Ortiz has given the same leniency to his students regarding homework.

“Other things I consider, I try not to overwhelm, I try to give time, I try to be available both in class and out of class, I also let students turn things in late. I just want them to demonstrate they learned the concepts/standards.” Ortiz said.

“It’s not that they shouldn’t assign homework, it's just they should explain it more into the unit if that makes sense,” Del Muro said.

“Sometimes it feels like I’m working more just because when I’m at home and I’m working in the afternoons I’m probably less effective at managing my time just as many students are experiencing.”

History Teacher Joel Gonzales

Note from the Author: It’s clear to most people that distance learning is difficult or not as effective as in-person learning. I would even add some people miss in-person learning. It’s almost like it’s an embodiment of “You Don't Know What You Have Until It's Gone.” Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like we’ll go back to in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. School is a portion of a person’s life. People of course have struggles outside of school. Stress, depression, etc. can be drawn from other places. Whether you’re conscious of that or not. Kind words said to me will be relayed to you, the readers, “Don’t criticize yourself, the world is cruel enough, don’t put yourself down.”

Jinsoo Kato, Dry Gulch Gazette

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