With the recent and up roaring pandemic that has spread across the nation, many schools throughout the country have shut down and merged onto online classes. Not only was this switch sudden and challenging for students, but teachers were also only notified hours before the closing.
Social Studies teacher, Mr. Dave Ferrell shared his perspective on eLearning as a whole.
“E-Learning, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, was considered something that teachers really struggled to come to terms with. It represented a movement away from what we do best as teachers, which is read students’ faces, body language and demeanor to help better determine how to approach the daily lesson. And the stigma attached to it, I think, was that anyone could turn to online learning to escape the social aspects of school,” said Mr. Ferrell.
Science teacher, Mrs. Luanna Hill talked about the challenges with switching the classroom to online.
“I do not know that much about technology. I was sure how I was going to reach the students. My perspective has changed a little as I have learned how to do a couple of things like quick time, zoom and even grading papers on Canvas. The biggest challenge is being able to really see if the students are getting the meaning behind the lesson,” said Mrs. Hill.
Health teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Hines mentioned the difficulty of moving hands on school work to online education.
“My initial reaction was panic. All of my courses are hands on learning especially the last 9 weeks so it is very hard to turn that into eLearning. This type of instruction is very hard for me. I have always centered my classroom with a lot of student-teacher interaction and hands on learning so I am taking it day by day,” said Hines.
Throughout this time off, a few of the teachers at LHS wanted to share a special message to their students, who they do not have the chance to see as often as they were used to.
“I miss seeing my students and interacting with them each day. I miss the laughs. The message I would say to my students is to not hesitate on reaching out to me to ask questions or to have a quick talk,” said Mr. Adkins.
“I miss the engagement and being able to connect with students and colleagues. I am staying positive and hope that students do to. I control those things in my power and try not to worry about the things I cannot control. We are all impacted in some way, so do not just focus on what is missing in your life right now,” said Mr. Joris.
“Advice wise, stay the course. Fight the good fight! Listen to the health officials and what our local governments are asking of us. Do your part to help us get through this without as much loss as possible. Find ways to smile and to make others smile. Reach out when you are feeling lonely. Reach out to friends, teachers, coaches. As High School musical taught us, we are all in this together! Lastly, make an effort to contribute. Helping parents, babysitting those who need child care, stocking shelves… just help when you can,” said Mr. Ferrell.
“I miss everything about school. Seeing the students and other teachers every day. I think we all have taken for granted just how special LHS is to our lives. Now we know! I would like to say hello to all my students. I miss every one of you. I miss greeting everyone at my door. Your smiling faces, the laughs, the jokes, and watching you all learn every day. I cannot wait to see everyone and be part of your lives again. Take care and stay healthy,” said Ms. Hines.