Special Coronavirus Edition: Rio Collett

Schools are encouraging teachers to educate students by creating online classes, so students can continue to learn at home. If online learning wasn’t encouraged, then students and teachers might have to give up part of their summer vacations making up for lost school time. The majority of teachers have assigned classwork through School Loop or Google Classroom, and other teachers use online video call software such as MEET or Zoom. Personally I have received less work overall than before the break. Most of my teachers post their assignments on Google Classroom, and we are expected to complete them in a timely manner. My P.E teacher Mr. Edwards has assigned us with physical activity each day. Valerie Bragagnolo is my English 10 teacher and uses MEET with her students to inform them of their responsibilities at home as well as take attendance and grade her students on their late work. Bragagnolo says, “I think it makes work easier because everyone can hear/see each other’s questions, therefore they can ALL hear my answer. This makes communicating simpler and more efficient.”

Some students have expressed that they have received more work during this school shutdown. Jackson Tabish says,

“I have more work now than I had when school was still in session, which I find odd given the severity of the Coronavirus pandemic. Teachers need to take into consideration that some students have their own safety to worry about on top of homework. Teachers should lessen the workload to accommodate for this.”

Aditya Iyengar feels differently. He says, “We complete the assignments they post on google classroom and school loop while reviewing material independently and asking them questions. Overall I receive 3 hours of work a day which is less than a day in class.”

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