by Stella Chapitol
The transition from physical to online learning has been rough for students and teachers alike. The majority of staff at our school have not received extensive training on how to teach students through school loop, google classroom, zoom, et cetera, so it has been a trial and error type of situation.
Amanda Sheehan, a math teacher at Las Lomas High School said, “Online teaching has been really tough for me. My favorite part of my job is getting to interact with my students and coworkers. Even being a fairly tech-savvy person, I have still found certain things difficult to set up for online teaching and it makes me worry that my students are not going to learn as much as they could have in my classroom.”
Many teachers face frustration trying to teach students and change their teaching methods overnight. Some teachers are trying their best to create a system that will accommodate the students, but the truth is that this situation is more difficult to handle than expected.
The Las Lomas staff is doing their best to overcome this difficult time, and since this shelter-in-place may last longer than expected, grading rules have changed too. This transition is an inconvenience to both teachers and students, but it certainly is not impossible to achieve. Though this set of circumstances puts the staff in a difficult spot, they are learning new systems and adjusting to new procedures. Many members of Las Lomas Staff also have children of their own to take care of, and guide through online school. So with having to learn the new system, adjust to the situation, take care of their loved ones, and be accommodating to their students, LL staff seem to be doing a great job so far. Students should truly appreciate the work and effort teachers are putting into assisting students.
As for some students, things seem to be going quite smoothly. Sophomore Dylan Breen said, “Personally, I am liking online school and online learning; it allows me to have more time to sleep in and do other things I enjoy on a day-to-day basis. Every day feels like a Saturday.”
Then there are students who seem to be pretty impartial about the whole situation. Sophomore Thomas Matthews said, “It’s pretty easy but I haven’t learned a single thing since it started. I think it’s because the only work they’re assigning us is all review.”
Some teachers have just been reviewing certain subjects, unaware that the shelter-in-place might be prolonged. For other students, grades are slipping and keeping track of what to do and when to do it is more difficult than the assignments themselves.
Adapting to online schooling with virtually no guidance is difficult, especially for students who don’t have access to the internet, electronic devices, or parental figures to help guide them through the sudden change. Thankfully the school’s administration decided to loan Chromebooks to students who needed them and opened up the school the day before it was closed, allowing kids to grab textbooks and any other necessities.
As for online platforms, Zoom seems to have been a lot of help to teachers of certain subjects that heavily depend on lectures, like math, science, and most AP classes. P.E has also found a creative way to keep students active. Through google classroom, P.E. teachers post a workout and expect video proof by the end of the week. It has been quite a rough transition for most students and teachers, but through guidance and patience, it should work out just fine.