Charger students getting used to new norm of hybrid learning

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Yesenia Fuerte, Staff writer

Due to the Coronavirus, many schools around the world had to either close or go online to prevent spreading the disease. St. Joseph High School was one of the schools that decided to incorporate a hybrid model of learning, where students are present both in-person and online during the school week.

Not only were schools affected but the staff was affected as well. The staff of St. Joe’s came up with a plan for online school in two days.

Mrs. McGleam, the dean of students said she was scared when she knew St. Joes was going online.

“I know I can speak on behalf of the other administrators that we’re incredibly fortunate for teachers and teaching staff last year because they all did an overwhelming fabulous job with our students,” said Mrs. McGleam. “This year, going to the platform of Microsoft Teams we felt that that is better utilized for both students and teachers to even keep better contact with students on our new hybrid system”

This pandemic has also affected students. Jessica Watts, a Junior, class of 2022, said she likes hybrid learning because it is the best of both worlds.

“I like hybrid learning because I feel like it’s the best of both worlds. You don’t have to go through the hassle of going to school every day with masks and social distancing, but you still get to see your friends and get somewhat of hands on learning experience,” said Watts. “I also like Microsoft Teams because everything is in one place instead of having to go to a million different websites for each class.”

Someone who is also spoke on the hybrid learning is a full online student, Giana Guerrero, also a Junior form the class of 2022. She said she likes the system, but the school could also help out by using Microsoft teams better.

“I think that it’s going pretty good, I just think that they could do better when it comes to learning how to use the app (Microsoft Teams) better,” said Guerrero.

Another Junior, Laney Grammas also class of 2022 said that she likes Microsoft teams but wishes that teachers would utilize it more with the post sections. She also said that hybrid learning has been an on and off experience for her.

“I overall really like teams. It’s really nice to be able to see everything you need for each class under one thing I do wish the teachers would utilize it more with the post section.” said Grammas. “Hybrid learning for me has been on and off. Some days I really enjoy being able to go and not go, but other days it seems tedious. When I’ve been home, sometimes I just want to stay there. I wake up unmotivated and tired. Other days, I’m sick of being in my room all day and want to get out but can’t because of schoolwork I have to do. I do not think there’s a true “perfect solution” for that though I think this is the best for now.”

Overall, what started as a chaotic “new” way of learning, became a successful way to learn. Teachers and school staff like the way Microsoft Teams runs and so do students. They enjoy how the school system is going.

With the pandemic still in full swing, this will be the norm for St. Joseph students until the virus is contained. So far, though, the norm seems to be working and students seem to be responding well to how the school year has been set up.