The Switch to Online Learning


Kayla Thompson

The transition to online lessons has been met with mixed results by both students and teachers.

Kayla Thompson, ENN Staff

The coronavirus caused the closing of schools all around the world, students and teachers had to learn how to adjust to a new way of learning. With all the changes made to education some students and teachers are having trouble adjusting, while others are finding the situation ideal.

Sophomore, Avery Saldivar sees this change in education in a positive way.

“The transition wasn’t too hard for me because we already do most of our work on canvas at school anyway. The only difference is having an actual teacher giving lessons in class. It’s been easier because you get to do things on your own time and have a more relaxed setting while doing work rather than sitting in a boring desk,” Saldivar said.

For others, however, this style of education has made it harder for them to learn at home. Junior, Abigail Blanton has had a hard time transitioning from in-school learning to online.

“I prefer in-school because I miss seeing everybody and having the teachers be up in front of the classroom teaching me which makes learning more independent, and it’s harder not having the teachers right in front of you to ask questions, instead you have to message them which isn’t as fast as raising your hand in class,” Blanton said.” It’s on me to learn the materials so I have to be responsible which is a challenge at home because I can get off track more easily with distracting things.”

For some students this shift in how they get their education has mixed results in their learning. Junior, Benjamin Petersen believes that online lessons have both helped and hurt his ways of learning.

“Online school makes me more independent and self-reliant when it comes to getting my work done and it makes it to where I have to teach myself and rely on more resources than just my teacher,” Petersen said. “However, it’s made it hard because you can’t just raise your hand and ask a question. You have to use resources your teachers give you to find answers to your questions which can take longer.”

Students aren’t the only ones being affected during this challenging time. Most teachers have been doing their best to make this transition as easy as possible for their students. History teacher, Ryan White believes that this circumstance has made it difficult for some of his students, and yet, also seen some of them thrive.

“For some this is a fine and they actually strive in this type of environment. I am seeing work being turned from students on time and more accurate in this scenario than I did in the traditional classroom setting. However, there are some that need that social interaction and that forum to bounce ideas off of their peers in order to come to a greater understanding of the material,” White said.

While teachers have had to move their lessons online, it has brought with it some unexpected challenges of their own.

“I’m not only teaching my students, but there is the aspect of now having to teach my 5 and 1 year old sons. They need constant attention so I find myself having to split time between helping you guys (the students) via email and Remind, and taking care of the little ones. I often find myself answering emails on my phone while at the same time kicking a soccer ball with the 5-year-old.” White said.

For both teachers and students this new change in education has been challenging, however, at present time many feel this is the best solution to keeping students focused on their education.