What I Want Teachers to Know

Anonymous

COVID-19 made me regret not hugging my cousins at the last family gathering we had back in March. Everything changed so fast, we barely noticed it did. The way the world works now is much different then it did before. One thing we never thought we would see is the closure of schools. We never once thought that zoom would be our virtual classroom. Virtual learning has caused me a few problems. I will talk about what those issues are.

The one thing I have struggled with is staying focused during virtual learning. I’m sure that many people can relate to me. Something about sitting in front of a computer for hours just doesn’t sit right with me. It’s just amazing how we all can literally go to school on our bed. Everything changed in the blink of an eye.

I also feel like I am not learning as I used to in regular school. Just the little distractions like my mom making too much noise in the kitchen. She always has music playing, which does not make my situation any better. My wifi is not the best so my zoom meetings will sometimes reconnect and I will miss out on important information. It’s funny because my zoom meetings always reconnect exactly when the teacher is about to say something that concerns me, and I have no idea why that happens. 

I am not able to talk to anyone because we are all just black screens on a computer. Communicating with other people helped me learn much more efficiently. I understand that for right now we have no other choice, but social isolation is a reason I have not been engaged in virtual learning. There is nothing else like teamwork to get the job done.

The reality is that online school is harder for us students in general. I just can’t listen to the screen. My mind was already slow in class, so can you imagine it on zoom? There are so many things that have changed. It’s going to take time for me to adapt to this. I want teachers to take it easy on us and realize that there will be times we mess up.