Distance Learning has been a roller coaster ride with all of its ups and downs.
Amy Kassotis, a math teacher at Glendora High School, stated that she “misses everything about school.” For her, one of the most important things about being a teacher is having a connection with all of her students. Now, she feels that she is not able to have the same type of connections when talking on Zoom over a screen.
Ashley Bakken, a sophomore at GHS, also has similar thoughts about the topic.
“It is harder to understand. It is also harder to ask a teacher for help,” Bakken confessed.
Learning virtually has not reaped all bad reviews. There are quite a few upsides to screen learning.
Multiple sources stated that one advantage of online learning is that they are able to sleep in a little later than a normal school day, which gives a little bit of cushion after a long day of school work or grading.
Isaac Villatoro, a junior at GHS stated “I am able to sleep in a little longer which is good. Sometimes I am working from 7 A.M. in the morning to 9 P.M. at night so I am able to get a bit of extra sleep.”
Villatoro, , agreed. “I am able to focus more on the things that I want to do, rather than just go with the flow that life gives.” He further explains “I now know what I want to do with my life short and possibly long term. I have more of a sense of what I want to do since I have had a lot of time to think.”
When asked what they would tell someone who is struggling with this quarantine, they all had insightful and positive answers.
Villataro suggested to “find someone to talk to, and possibly do something with them. Socially distance yourself and do something like riding your bike.” Bakken said “Take this time as positive rather than negative. This is a good time to grow as a person.”
Kassotis believes that “You are not alone. However, your level of positivity depends on how good your outlook on the situation is. Keep everything positive rather than negative is key.”