New schedule brings communication and structure in uncertain times
May 22, 2020
The goal of all schools in the status quo is to create an atmosphere in distance learning that can simulate as close to an average school experience as possible. After rolling out the initial distance learning schedule, which included just one thirty minute class in each subject along with about three hours outside of class per subject, the school administration sent out a feedback form to parents, students, and teachers.
In these forms, it became clear that students were struggling managing the schedule which varied heavily from week to week, rarely went to faculty tutorial sessions, and were having a tough time keeping up with their classes as they not only had to do the work but learn it outside of class as well.To help, the school administration introduced a new schedule that was rolled out on Thursday, May 7th. After following the new schedule for a week, the benefits are clear.
The new schedule sets it up so that students and teachers are following a very similar block schedule to the one that was used before the breakout of COVID-19. This block schedule has students taking the same amount of classes a day as before and students have two online meets with their classmates and teachers for each subject. The length of each class has also been extended from 30 minutes to 40 in an effort to allow for more discussion. These changes, already in this week, have increased the time that students can spend asking questions and engaging with their class and limited the time working outside of it on homework.
Having more time in class does not only provide students the chance to get a better understanding of the subjects, but it also keeps them connected to their peers. This connection is critical in times like these where many are forced to stay inside and away from human interaction. Getting more chances to be in class allows students to regain a sense of normality seeing familiar faces which is very important.
No matter the weather outside right now, or how weird everything is right now, without the pandemic we would still be in school from 8-3 and have probably even more work. Because of this fact, the new school schedule is a great step in the right direction as it brings a sense of familiarity to students in a time when it is needed most.