Students vs Teachers: Virtual Learning

Students vs Teachers: Virtual Learning

¨All publicly funded schools in Ontario closing for 2 weeks due to Covid- 19¨, the day things took a turn for the worst. All students and teachers were excited about the 2-week break but were not expecting it to last thing long. Being in a worldwide pandemic anxiety, stress, depression, social issues raised within everyone.

Students at J Clarke Richardson; Rukshiya, Sunethma, Grace decided to look deeply into the different opinions of the teachers vs the students.  Are teachers’ perspectives truly different from the students’? They posted a school-wide survey for both students and teachers to answer. This article is a summary of the results.

How are you feeling today: 

When asked how they were feeling the day of answering the survey majority have chosen 10 on a scale of 1-10. 4 have chosen 7, 8, 9. 2 have chosen 5 and 6. Only 1 have chosen 1,3,4. This answer could have depended on the day that the survey was answered as well as the person. The majority were feeling a 10 on the day. 

How well are you taking care of your mental health?
When asked how well they were taking care of their mental health, the majority had chosen 8 on a scale of 1-10. 4 have chosen 4, 5, 9, and 10. 2 have chosen 7 and 1 have chosen 2. 

How much time do you have for yourself?
When asked how much time you have for your self majority have chosen 3 on a scale of 1-5. 1 has chosen 1. 3 have chosen 2. 7 have chosen 4 and 4 have chosen 5. The majority have chosen the middle point of the scale. 

How much time do you get to spend time with your family? 
When asked how much time they get to spend with their family. There was an equal of 6 students/teachers each who chose 4, 6, 9 on a scale of 1-10. 2 students/teachers have chosen 5,7,9 and 1 have chosen 10. Looking at the results we can come to a conclusion that it depends on the student/teacher. It can depend on workload, family availability, etc.

How much time do you spend on homework/prep for school?
When asked how much time they get to prep or do homework on a scale of 1-10 majority have picked 9. 6 others have chosen 10. 4 have chosen 8. 5 have chosen 7. 1 have chosen 6 and 2 have chosen 5. These results show that majority have more time to prep/do homework now that we don´t have places to go to and we have more time to focus on things we are doing.

Do you feel as though you are more stressed during in-person highschool or virtual high school?
When asked if students/teachers are feeling stressed in person or virtual majority have chosen in person. Looking at this result, we can infer that this may be because of the more socializing needed in person along with the changes that have happened in the person leading to more stress. 

Do you think flex time is beneficial to you?
When asking students/teachers if flex time is beneficial to them with the answer choices of yes, not at all, kind off, the majority have chosen yes. With this result, we can infer that due to the lesser amount of seeing a teacher in person flex time has helped those catch up on work and concepts they don´t understand.

What do you miss most about learning/teaching with no restrictions?
When asked what students and teachers what they miss about learning/teaching with no restrictions some common responses are given were the face-to-face connections, meeting friends, being able to interact, masks/rules, change of routines, and many more.

What is your biggest concern/complaint about learning/teaching online or with restrictions?
When asked what students and teachers about their biggest concerns some common answers were cheating, focusing, less time and increased concepts, longer time of consistent work, and many more.

Overall, looking at the results of this survey we can come to a conclusion that the answers have varied due to personal opinions. Some have used this pandemic as a time to grow and be better and some have struggled as it was a big change. It is important to stay positive and remember that things take time to get better and to make the best out of it.