COVID-19 affects many people, mentally as well as physically. The pandemic has resulted in many school districts across the country to rethink how students will learn: face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid. For many students, virtual learning can be mentally draining and overwhelming. This school year has ushered in a lot of difficulties adjusting to the new norm of education.
“I get bored pretty fast," King junior Kam’Ron Smith said. "It’s hard to stay focused because I have so many questions to ask. I prefer face-to-face because we learn easier and its more engaging."
King social studies teacher Markham Davis said he students learn better by face-to-face. Davis is attempting to teach students who are physically in his classroom and those online. The transition isn't as great because he is used to teaching in person.
“Students learn from each other, and I like to let them share their opinion,” Davis said.
Virtual learning can cause confusion if technology isn’t working properly and can be a distraction because of the use of electronic devices. It’s something that students have to adjust to. Being engaged while learning, can help with retention of a lesson.
“It’s harder to learn directions," freshman Taniya Taylor said. "They [teachers] put it more on you to focus and learn by yourself. It’s easier to do face-to-face. Online is difficult because it doesn’t give the same affect as in school. Everything is easier in school.”
Some students have a certain learning style, and online school can put them at a disadvantage. Being distant and behind a computer screen really makes it a struggle.
Online school can cause confusion for teachers too. They don’t know how to work the technology which can cause delays when it comes to completing assignments. Students must be dedicated, and patience plays a major role.
“It’s difficult because most teachers can’t work technology while on (Microsoft) Teams," senior Bertha Owens said. I prefer face-to-face because the materials needed are already there, and I don’t have to wait for things to load up,” senior Bertha Owens said.