By Dillon Jones
December 8, 2020
While returning to school during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have learned the blended learning plan is always, and I mean always, subject to change. The changes we’ve had have ranged from learning we have no more snow days, to now having to be fully virtual every Wednesday. The virtual Wednesday is the newest change, and there have been mixed emotions on it.
Before virtual Wednesday was a thing, we would still have work every Wednesday, it just was more flexible. In my first bell, for example, I’d have to check in via Google Meet every Wednesday some time between 7:45 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. and have until 3 p.m. that day or even until the next Monday to finish the work. You could work at your pace on your own schedule. I personally, would wake up at 8 a.m., check into my Google Meet for the first bell, fall back asleep until 10 a.m., do my morning routine, and then knock out all of my work and be done by 1 p.m.
According to updates from administration and guidance, we now have to go through a strict schedule every Wednesday with class meeting times for each bell. First bell will begin at 8:45 a.m. and seventh bell ends at 3 p.m. with lunch and different classes mixed in between.
I am in between the people who are mad about the change and the people who love it, but I’m not neutral about it. I do lean towards not liking the change, but there are slight upsides to it.
The reason I don’t like it the most, is because I won’t be able to work at my own pace on my own schedule now. If I get done with my work for Botany, for example, I’d want to start my work for English even though it’s not time for that, just so I can have it done and have the rest of the time to myself. Another downside to the schedule is the time I’d have to be up and moving by. Before, like I said, I wouldn’t actually get up until 10 a.m., but now I’m going to have to be up and moving by around 8:15 a.m. and already have woken up, eaten, brushed my teeth, etc., by the start of first bell at 8:45 a.m. Another downside is that we have virtual Wednesday for this week, but not next week because it’s exam week and the week after that, we’re on winter break. This means that we only get to have virtual Wednesday for one week and then we’re off of it for another three weeks.
The upside to the new change is for the people not like me, which is why I dislike the change more than I like it. The good thing about the change is that now people who struggle to do work on their own and need someone to tell them what to do, now have that teacher there to tell them what they have to do for the day.
In the end, the change isn’t terrible, but it’s also not good.