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From classrooms to computers: HHE switches to virtual learning due to COVID-19

BY THE PANTHER POST STAFF

Hollywood Hills Elementary has now switched to distance learning. Students are now logging onto Canvas to access their assignments.

Students have mixed feelings about online learning. Some are enjoying working at their own pace, while others would prefer to be in school.

“The best part about online learning is that I can do it at my own pace, and I can take breaks and do the assignment later,” fifth grade student Chase Demarco said. “The worst part about online learning is that I have more work to do and it can be stressful.”

Teachers have been planning their daily assignments for their students. Each grade level has worked together to help students transition into distance learning.

“The best part about online learning is that I can do it at my own pace, and I can take breaks and do the assignment later. The worst part about online learning is that I have more work to do and it can be stressful.”

“Our kindergarten team worked together to set up online learning for our students.  This is a great time for our students to work on their individual levels, so we are using many of the apps available on Clever to assign and monitor student progress,” kindergarten teacher Mrs. Demouy said.

Some students miss the regular school schedule. They would rather be learning with their friends and teachers.

“I wish I could do it with more kids and my teachers,” kindergarten student Stella Pacheco said.

Some students are trying to make their online learning day just like their regular school day. This includes creating a schedule, waking up, and beginning to work at the same time.

“I miss greeting my students at the door every morning, seeing their smiles and hearing all the stories they want to tell me.”

“I wake up every day like it’s a regular school day and I start school at eight like I would if I was at school,” fourth grade student Samia Abdou-Essa said. “Distance learning is not the best, but I get to learn and have more time to watch TV and read.”

Teachers have different perspectives as well. They also miss their students as much as their students miss them.

“I miss greeting my students at the door every morning, seeing their smiles and hearing all the stories they want to tell me,” Mrs. Demouy said. “They would get so excited to come in the room to see their friends and start their day.  I miss those moments so much.”

Photo courtesy of Rachel Marmor

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