Waking up at 7 am to start my school day off through distance learning never gets easier. I speedily attempt to absorb as much information as possible as my teachers lecture and my family walks in and out of my room. I can’t help but wonder if one of the best years of high school will be spent this way until the very end.
The first week of distance learning at MVHS had definitely calmed down my initial nerves, seeing as the zoom calls weren’t as bad as I had thought.
However, I quickly realized that the first week only consisted of class syllabi and basic zoom rules, nothing compared to the upcoming lessons and assignments.
At the moment, my highest concern would be passing all six of my courses with 40 minute online class periods. These class periods often fly by quickly, forcing me to speed up my note-taking and comprehension of any new lectures or assignments. This can be stressful due to the lack of classroom environments.
During previous school years prior to the pandemic, teachers and students were able to easily interact with each other, offering help or advice to one another during the class period. However, distance learning has stripped all classrooms from that same interaction.
Currently, I am unable to ask neighboring classmates for help on the lesson or ask simple questions, instead we have all turned into people behind a blank screen sitting on our beds. Consequently, it has become harder to grasp a better understanding of certain lectures being exposed to us for the first time.
Not only is the lack of interaction with classmates affecting my comprehension, but the environment at home also plays an important factor.
The classroom was a sufficient place to sit down, put away all distractions and focus all of your attention on the teacher and lesson. However, distance learning is working differently this school year. Instead of sitting at a desk, we are forced to find our own private space in our house.
One of the first spaces I tried out was my living room desk, however, I quickly decided to flee the space after realizing my mom made loud clashes while cooking. I had no way of telling her to stop cooking due to her tight schedule. So, I decided to move into my bedroom, but, there are times when my siblings can be distracting.
Overall, learning from home has ultimately caused me to have a hard time differentiating school time from at home time. These simple distractions take away from the full learning experience and often dismiss the idea that I am supposed to be in class attempting to comprehend all my lectures and assignments.