Students, staff discuss online learning

Addie Palmquist
Entertainment Editor

Eighth grader Billy Palmquist does his online school alongside mother Jill Palmquist, who is working from home. Photo by Addie Palmquist

Not long after the first cases of COVID-19 in America were confirmed, schools began to prepare for a possible closing. 

Whether they were tech savvy or not, teachers and students alike were going to have to adjust to this new way of learning. While teachers were given some two weeks to switch their curriculum over to online, Webster Groves High School tried to make sure each student had internet access and a device of some sort. 

Brennen Almus, math teacher, said, “The beginning was definitely stressful for all, but I think we are starting to  get more into a groove… As a teacher not being able to see and interact with my students has been the worst effect of online learning.”

Students have found themselves wondering how they are supposed to learn properly without physically being able to talk and ask questions with their teachers.

To cope with this, administrators and teachers set up “office hours” when they be actively respond to emails and questions. This way, students can express and clarify concerns regarding class or online school in general. 

About how online school is going, Isabelle O’Neal, senior, responded, “It feels like I have a heavier workload now than when we actually went to school….The conversations that are struck up in classrooms are way more memorable than clicking through a Google Slideshow.”

The effects of online schooling will be felt differently by all grade levels. For example, students in elementary school are going to need the help of their parents for most schooling. Whereas students in middle and high school have more experience with Google Classroom and are able to navigate the site more efficiently. 

Unless students are attending a scheduled Zoom lecture online, they have the ability to complete assignments virtually whenever they want — even with a due date in place. This might lead to confusion between teachers and students about late assignments, make-up work, etc. 

Sophie Blake, junior, said  she feels she learns “just fine” this way, and that though there are stressful things going on in the world right now, her mental health is actually benefiting from the sense of control she feels over her schoolwork. She added she feels in tune with her teachers, and that they care a lot about their student’s success during this trying time. 

 It is solely up to the student now to keep track of their assignments and tasks. Some students relied heavily on the guidance and reminders they received from their teachers every day at school. Because of this, students may feel more stress than they did before. 


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