Updated: January 26, 2021 06:04 PM
Created: January 26, 2021 12:03 PM
Distance learning continues for older kids in the Duluth school district. It's different now, with a more regulated schedule and lessons from teachers in real-time on Google Meet.
Tristen Cone, an 8th grader at Ordean East, weighed in on the new synchronous learning. "I do think this is a step up from what we were having to do before. It feels like there's now a bigger opportunity to reach out to our teachers."
She has set times to log on and listen to lessons with her classmates. "Many people had their cameras off, and we only really listened to the teachers doing the lessons. We weren't expected to answer. People answered in the group chat."
Cone doesn't think this is the long term solution they need to getting them up to speed with school.
"Having to teach ourselves has been really difficult. It's been hard to really be motivated. And I feel like the longer we wait to return to the classroom, the more problems people are going to have," she added.
She's referring to the anxiety and depression many of her classmates are feeling, being isolated during this pandemic. She and many other kids are hopeful they can still go back to the buildings this year.
"I think when school districts are making big important decisions, they should also ask students what they think. It's just as important that our voices are heard and considered, just as much as adults are heard."
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