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Brithany Cervantes

April 11, 2020


By Brithany Cervantes

West Point-Beemer quickly acted when it was faced with the ongoing Covid-19 issue. Several classes had already incorporated technology into their class even  before the 100% turnover. The teachers that did not have much experience with online learning were given “-a crash course on Google Classroom,” stated high school principal Daniel Weddle. 

Google Classroom is the easiest platform to understand for students and teachers versus Canvas, which is the main platform other schools have turned to. 

Teachers send out new homework Friday through Monday. 

“Core teachers will provide two learning activities per week. Elective teachers will provide one learning activity per week,” stated Weddle. 

The number of homework assignments expected to be given is much lower than what  would be given in a regular classroom. 

So far, WPB had 67% of assignments turned in, 11% partially completed, and 22% were not completed. 

Some students get a small amount of homework. “Depending on the class,  I get homework about 1-3 times a week. I do my core classes right away which take only 1-2 hours; it takes around a day or two for my elective classes. My core classes are fairly simple,” stated senior, Michelle Quinones. 

“It only takes me around 5 hours to do all my homework for the week,” stated sophomore, Diana Cervantes. 

Other students get more which has caused some students to get stressed and frustrated. “I get homework assigned every single day. My frustrations are the teachers that don’t chill and bombard me with assignments. A lot of teachers don’t know the websites they are linking with our assignments. Many of my teachers do not post due dates, but rather check them when they feel like it without us knowing,” stated senior, Jesus Ramirez. 

With e-learning, many students do appreciate that they get to work at their own pace and do what they would like for most of the days. 

“I remain dedicated because I am just trying to graduate. Every day, I only look forward to spending my days inside and playing online games with my friends, Davin and Gabe,” stated Ramirez. 

Although e-learning has generated benefits, there have been many detriments as well. 

“For me it is not being able to have face-to-face interaction with students. Without these interactions, it is more difficult to assess the students’ coursework, emotional status, and overall well being,” commented Weddle. 

“Staying in my pajamas is literally the only benefit. I do plenty of chores and check up on my homework for updates,” stated Quinones. “All my classes are evened out on the “easy” scale, but my choir class homework bombards me.” 

“There are no easy classes because every teacher assigns homework every day. Next year though, I look forward to furthering my education; hopefully in an actual classroom.” stated Ramirez.


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