By Christina Chen
Transitioning into hybrid has had its fair share of difficulties, for some classes more than others. Teachers and students have had to adjust their teaching and learning methods to accommodate these changes, with many hands-on classes encountering the most complications,
Because all classrooms at Las Lomas are taking safety precautions to lessen the risk of COVID-19, desks are spaced out and upon entering the classroom, each student must disinfect themself and their seat. The teacher then connects to Zoom to teach those who are learning remotely, and the class begins. Since Auto Shop and Wood Shop are both more hands-on classes, students retrieve safety goggles and equipment from their respective lockers before entering the classroom. “…there’s a task that we’re going to do and [the teacher] usually leads us through it,” said junior Grace O’Dea. Since quarantine has begun, many teachers have thought of creative methods of getting the material to their students. “…there is a task that we either watch and do. [The teacher] usually has… a couple people help out.” Similarly, in Wood Shop, class starts off with students retrieving their materials from their lockers, “…then we continue working on what we were working on last class and try and finish it up,” said freshman AJ Martin.
New teaching methods are being implemented and teachers are having to find ways to teach their students the required material. For many hands-on classes like Auto Shop, videos and textbooks are the most effective method of doing so. However, the difference between doing something in theory and doing it in practice is usually large. “…it’s kind of hard to relay that information into actually executing [it] since we’ve never done it before,” said O’Dea.
Auto Individual work was another aspect of Auto Shop that students looked forward to. However, because of Covid, students weren’t able to do this. “We’re not on individual work yet… that’s not happening this year because we haven’t had the time to work on our own,” said O’Dea. Plans were also made and then scrapped due to limited resources: “Initially that was going to happen when we were going to have… iPads with a person on Zoom at home, but we don’t have iPads currently, so that’s not happening…”
As the school year draws to a close, many students have their fingers crossed to go back to school next year. After the pandemic, learning and adapting to new methods can hopefully be put forward towards future instruction.