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Learning at Sock: How COVID-19 has affected students, teachers

Learning at sock

Students, teachers and their families across the country have been in quarantine due to COVID-19 for months now. What started out as a nice break viewed by some students has developed into endless days of school work, worry, boredom and stress. So, how is everyone in Loyalsock Township School District handling this?

Teachers at Loyalsock Township Middle School have been using learning platforms since mid-March. Some of the platforms used are Moodle, Google Classroom, Ed Puzzle, Google Suite and Zoom. All of these websites and apps make it easier for the students and teachers to keep in touch virtually.

We, the students, go to “school” based on a schedule our teachers and principal send out weekly. It maps out how we should use our time during school weeks and when we have Zooms and if they are mandatory or not.

Students and teachers: What do they think?

Teachers and students have their viewpoints on how this pandemic is affecting learning.

“Remote learning has encouraged me to explore new resources compatible with our district Apple iPads,” said Sabrina Nolan, Spanish teacher.

“For the students who are struggling, some have told me that they have a hard time focusing when they’re not actually in school with teachers encouraging them daily and seeing their friends complete work along with them. I know they all miss their friends and when they’re sad, it can be harder to stay focused on school work,” said Victoria Krout, seventh grade reading teacher.

“Remote learning has revealed to me the gravity that is lost in content conversation without having a classroom with which to deliver that material. Also, I think the kids miss having us teachers around too — for academic help anyway,” said Derreck Godin, eighth grade Language Arts teacher.

Students are also experiencing positive and negative feelings.

“Well, I feel like in some of the classes there is more work than there was in actual school, but some classes have very little work to do. Online school is frustrating but fun because I can get up, get a snack, then get back to work,” said Vera Shadle, sixth grade.

“Staying focused and making sure I was on task would probably be the hardest part because when you’re at home there will be distractions if you have siblings, your parents are working at home, also if you have a pet,” said Emma Belcher, eighth grade.

As for social distancing and the economy shut down, there were opinions as well.

“Until this country has a better understanding of this tricky virus, it should continue so we can fight this pandemic,” said Mrs. Puderbach, seventh grade science teacher.

On the other hand, Maria Blas, an eighth grade student, says, “It (social distancing and the shutdown) should continue because it helps numbers go down, but it is also affecting us negatively since we are meant to be social.”

Some people I interviewed then answered what they’ve been doing to pass the time. I seemed to get a lot of positive answers.

“I’ve been crocheting, running, FaceTiming friends and binge watching Netflix to pass the time,” says Mallory Biichle, seventh grade student. I myself have been reading, crocheting, writing music, writing stories and spending time with family.

Let us be grateful

As people, we are meant to be social and to suddenly take away our rights to hang out with other people can drive us all insane. Honestly, our country is just trying to solve this problem, so we should all do our part and stand together so we can become stronger than ever to fight this dangerous, contagious virus.

We are so lucky to have frontline workers sacrificing their lives daily to provide for us and our families. As this virus goes on, we can take this time to work on ourselves, reach a goal, start over and be who we want to be. Let’s stand together and save our country.

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