Created as an eLearning project by the Spring 2020 BJJTV staff April 5, 2020
The Educator Point of View
“So far, eLearning has been quite the adventure! I very much miss the daily face-to-face interactions with my students. Now, instead of being in the classroom teaching, I'm emailing, posting assignments, responding to student questions, and developing new online formats for lesson plans solely from my home office. I'm also not used to sitting down so much! Working remotely forced me to thoroughly clean my home office. My cat, Smudgie, is always there to offer moral support.”
Tim Rinne, History Teacher
"I have never dealt with something like this in 26 years of teaching. Flood weeks? Yes. Virus quarters? Nope! It has forced me to do more with computers and technology than I like. I believe students have had to make an adjustment with doing assignments at home. It is almost like what they will see in college. Being able to prioritize what is important and what can wait is important. The one good thing is I have been able to spend more time with my family. With no sports, we are together more than ever. It has been great. Lots of games are being played and we are talking more."
“The transition was rough the first week. I was spending a lot of time going back and forth to various assignments because students were submitting them at all hours. Now that we are in week two, I am still getting assignments from week one. Going back to find my instructions, find the materials, and then enter them in the grade book is taking a lot of time. However, it is fabulous to see just how driven a lot of our students are! I posted a few weeks’ worth of assignments on Google Classroom two weeks ago, and some people are working ahead. This is really great to see.”
Cathy Jinkerson, FRCC
CAPS Business Teacher
"Students are adapting well to eLearning. All of my students have been in contact with me. Communication is key to this situation and students, parents, and teachers must stay in contact. My favorite part is being able to comment on my students' work and them sending messages back to me. Of course, my least favorite part is not seeing my students. My own children are home from college, and my husband teaches as well. Hoping our internet signal is strong over the next few weeks!"
The Four-Legged Friend Point of View
As more and more people are homebound due to COVID-19, pets are seeing increased time with their humans. As with any situation, there are pros and cons.
Pro: "I get to go on SO many more walks and drives with my humans!"
Con: "I've gained a little weight since they've been home because of all the extra treats they give me."
Pro: "I stay up late with my humans. We have started watching 'Tiger King' together!"
Pro: "My humans suddenly have a whole lot more time to play and snuggle which is amazing!"
Con: "They interrupt my daytime naps."
Pro: "They constantly want to give me more head and belly rubs!"
Pro: "I get to cuddle up with my favorite people more!"
Con: "It kinda messed up my day-long napping routine."
Pro: "We get to go outside more and play!"
BONUS: "I GET MORE TREATS THROUGHOUT THE DAY!"
A Day in the Life of Senior eLearners
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“It hasn’t affected me in the way that it has some of my friends because I have older students that are capable of doing things on their own and keeping their own schedule. The only challenge is getting them out of bed before eleven each day. I’m really proud of how they have embraced eLearning on their own and adapted so quickly.”
“Coronavirus really hasn’t impacted me personally because I am still working. eLearning has affected me by, honestly, making parenting easier. I don’t have to make her lunch in the mornings before I go to work anymore. I’m sure it has affected the parents that stay home and the teachers because they have to have a different style of teaching. Maybe in some ways it is easier for them and more peaceful?"
"I like having my daughter at home because I feel more involved in her learning. I know that she enjoys doing online classes, too. It’s definitely a different experience than we’re used to, but I think that the students and the teachers are doing a great job adapting to the new way of learning."
"I think both of my children are actually adapting okay to being out of school and doing eLearning at home. Bryce, my senior, is taking a little bit more advantage of not having teachers tell him every day what papers are due, but my daughter, Allison, who is a junior, is on top of everything as always. She's made herself a schedule and is very diligent in taking responsibility that her work is done on time or ahead of time like she usually does."
Missing School Life Before COVID-19
by Emma Duncan
While some students may prefer the version of school from the couch, I personally would do anything to get back the version where students drag themselves to and from class seven times a day.
Do I enjoy doing homework from my bed? Yes! Do I like the fact that on most days I can crank out all of my assignments before lunch? Of course!
But, to be perfectly honest, I feel the cons of the COVID-19 lockdown in regards to eLearning heavily outweigh the pros.
Most teens probably say how much they miss seeing their friends at school. Face-to-face interaction is essential. Education is often a social process. Students learn how to work with their peers, along with the adults who are guiding them. We can easily learn from each other through this "normal" process. A student's learning experiences, while physically at school, are among the most influential factors in building the foundation for who they will be for the rest of their lives.
Not to mention, online schooling is not an accurate reflection of the workload or quality of work students would have to complete in typical daily classes.
For those who take more advanced classes, the workload during a time like this is, at times, seemingly unachievable. Also, AP testing is still required. While Missouri has waived the EOC Exams, the College Board has only modified the AP testing process. It’s stressful in more ways than one for all parties involved.
Although I would give anything to be back at school; attending classes, hanging with friends, running junior track season, going to prom, and even studying for final exams, I completely understand why we must take precautions.
My staying at home and doing eLearning is so little compared to what some other people are dealing with when it comes to COVID-19. I pray for the doctors working nonstop, and for all those affected by the virus. I hope that it gets resolved soon and that we all use this time to appreciate the things that we take for granted.
This has been such a life lesson for me. I will never take good health, healthcare workers, a family gathering, going to school, traveling, hugging someone, stocked store shelves, or the screaming crowd at a sports stadium for granted ever again once this passes.
The Joys of eLearning
by Kaden Meyer
It’s clear that this “coronacation” is taking a toll on all of us. I think it’s safe to say that none of us are particularly thriving. The biggest struggle I’ve had through this quarantine is isolation. I’m a social person and being unable to see my family through this time has been a nightmare.
But a lot of my friends have been claiming that the worst part of quarantine is eLearning. That surprises me because I actually really enjoy eLearning. Some of my teachers have been posting all of the week's work on Mondays, which I love. This allows me to get all of the work for my least-favorite subjects out of the way early in the week.
In that way, eLearning is actually pretty enjoyable because I get to do the work I like at my own pace. With eLearning, I can do some homework and take a break whenever I like to let my brain rest. I’ve been able to do schoolwork in a way that works for me and I have been able to get so much done around my house, too.
All of my teachers have been overly accommodating with eLearning, and I’ve been able to get answers via email from any teacher quickly. I have never felt like I wasn't in touch with my teachers, even though we aren't in the same building right now.
I’ve noticed a lot of parents on social media complaining about how difficult it is to deal with their kids’ eLearning. If anything good is to come from this, it will be a newfound appreciation for educators.
Overall, I think when this quarantine ends, we’ll appreciate what we have a lot more, especially things like seeing family, friends, and even the teachers who make our learning experiences go smoothly. However, I really think there is something unique about eLearning and online classes. It isn't the horrible experience that some people make it out to be.
My eLearing Style