Online school has been a transition for everyone, at least for me. I haven't had to sprint up to the second floor after lunch to just make my Spanish class, but students aren’t the only ones who’ve gone through a huge change. The teachers have also had to change the way they teach and their curriculum.
Spanish teacher Dr. Norwood says that “the biggest change is not physically being there and walking among the desks to check over work and see how everyone is doing,” and she also says working over laptops can be a little tricky, especially when everyone and their neighbor is using the wifi.
Despite this being a really hard time, she thinks it’s also a time where we can learn to appreciate our friends even more, and we can look forward to being glad to see everyone again once this is all over.
Dr. Norwood is now using more technology and she is having her students do more independent work. She and the rest of the language department have realized that things are going to take a lot longer than expected, so they now have had to “streamline” their curriculum some.
This new plan is definitely nicer for the students as we have less curriculum to learn, but, as she mentioned, “there are some downsides to online school. We all are having trouble and have had to change our lifestyle during this difficult time, and everyone is trying to make it easier on each other, so I hope everyone is doing well and are staying safe. Can’t wait to get back and hopefully start school again normally.”
Emma Volkmann, a sophomore Spanish student, says she does “a lot less practice in class because it’s harder to have speaking activities.” Emma also thinks that it's a lot harder to manage time with the small number of classes we now have.
However, she thinks that the lectures translated pretty well, and she likes how Ms. Notario incorporated show and tell activities into our class times.
Online school is now a reality for a lot of students, and, let me tell you, there are a lot of different student opinions out there about whether they like it or not. And, sorry to spoil it, but for the most part, everyone says they miss their friends, but hey, going to school while still being in your PJs is pretty nice.