COVID-19 and Teachers

Daniel Longenecker, Staff Writer

The world is shifting in a new direction as the pandemic persists into the end of 2020. COVID-19 has impacted everyone in one way or another. Many countries have attempted to stop the spread of the virus by shutting down borders, businesses, and schools. This is all necessary if the US wants to continue its own battle with the coronavirus.

What began as an extension of spring break quickly became online schooling for many Americans. The future has become hazier than ever for students at OHS. Unfortunately, there is no telling when life will return to some semblance of normality. Teachers and students alike have been forced to overcome the challenges that come with teaching online.

“Lessons are based on your skills, and my ability to raise those skills,” said Kent Younger, ceramics teacher. “It’s more challenging to raise your skill level because I’m not physically there to see you working.”

Teachers have been working tirelessly to adapt to an entirely new method of teaching. It has been very important for teachers and students to connect and progress in the most efficient way possible. On the other hand, many students thought the change gave them some advantages. 

“It has been easier because I’m doing it from the comfort of home. I can lay in bed and do my algebra homework,” said Emma Flores, junior.

There are many students who’ve enjoyed the extra time in their beds. Working at home has given students a much more flexible experience. On the other hand, many students believe their brains have been numbed with boredom.

“The greatest challenge is building that relationship. Also, the health of our students is challenged by not being around other students,” said Younger.

Learning through screens has definitely put some strain on the valuable teacher-student relationship that most people are familiar with. It has become vital for teachers to find the best ways to maintain engaging lessons. Looking through a 2D screen just isn’t the same as interacting in person.

“The biggest challenge to us all is that we’re relational,” said Younger. “We’re teachers because we love to relate to students and help them advance in their lives.”