The Learning Curve: Special Reports On Education During COVID-19, Part 1

In our first in a series of reports we introduce you to three students learning three different ways.
Student Follow Along Part 1

(KOAM NEWS)- The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way and where students are learning. It gives students more options to receive their education.

In our first in a series of reports we introduce you to three students learning three different ways.

Josh Robertson is a sophomore at Webb city high school.

“it’s kind of interesting because the teachers are always making sure were kind of spaced out, there’s not a lot of group assignments this year and it’s weird you can’t sit by your friends at lunch and you have assigned seats in every class.”

Josh was given the option of in person learning, online, or half and half. He is a football player who must be in school at least three days a week to participate. He is tackling all his classes in person.

“It’s easier to learn, I feel like if I did all online I would like just not do my homework and lose track of time and miss all my assignments and end up with a bad grade.”

He hopes his school schedule will stay just as it is.

“I’m definitely going to continue doing all in person.”

While Josh is in school learning, Mikayla Farina chose to do half in person classes and half online at Joplin High School.

“I go to school every other day and one week I’ll go Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and the week after that I’ll go Tuesday and Thursday. The days in between I’ll do online.”

Mikayla says online only school in the spring was not for her. She says a mix fits better with her busy schedule.

“I have to be active all the time I always have to be doing something so being stuck at home was definitely not for me but at the same time I’m a very busy person so going to school every day did not benefit my schedule.”

She says there are some challenges, but she’s enjoying it so far.

“Just trying to find that balance between in person and online.”

Tyler Schneider is a 7th grader who is fully homeschooled.

“I can do it at my own pace instead of taking like an hour for each subject at public school, I can get a thing done in like 15-30 minutes.”

The COVID-19 pandemic did affect his traditional homeschooling at first, but it’s starting to get back to normal.

“It was just different and finally getting back to a normal routine again has been nice and so we started back heavily in July because we did have a little bit of ground to make up from the spring just like the students in public school are going to have” said Andrea Schneider, Tyler’s mom.

Tyler prefers homeschooling, and looks forward to his Tuesday homeschool CO-OP.

“It’s pretty much a place where you still learn but you get to hang out with friends.”

This was part one in our series of reports. Follow along as we’ll tell you next how our students have adapted to their classes one month into school.