The Silver Lining of COVID-19

   

By Staff Writer

Melanie Hernandez,

Magaly Lara

    Even though COVID-19 has made 2020 the worst year of the decade, surprisingly, there’s a silver lining that gives us a glimmer of hope. As we all know Covid has made it challenging for people’s lives on an academic and personal level, we are finding ways to adjust to the new norms and adapt to online school. 

    Adjusting to platforms like Zoom and Google Meet have helped us strengthen our digital communication and expose the digital divide. Amy Saad, a math teacher at Leuzinger High School rates distance learning. “On a scale of 1-10 I would say a 7 or 8 because in my classroom I used interactive notebooks and that doesn’t translate really and I didn’t have time to tell my students the changes for online,” she said 

    Throughout this pandemic, it highlighted the things we find important. Olympian alumni Hector Hernandez, a Cal State Long Beach student, says for him he valued “Staying connected to those I care about during quarantine. This experience has humbled many as well. ” We are are susceptible to anything and we are not invisible,” says Saad.

    In theory, students can do distance learning in pajamas and in bed, but often realize they need that one-on-one in person instruction with a teacher. But many thrive in this environment. “Synchronous learning has been easy for me because I can work on my own time…... At times I get lazy and unmotivated to do homework and study because teachers aren’t around to tell me to get it together. But at the end of the day I still do what I’m supposed to do” says Hector Hernandez. 

Jayden Hernandez likes online learning because he can do it in his bed while being in PJs. MCA Photo by Melanie Hernandez

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Jayden Hernandez is playing with his toys instead of paying attention in class in October 2020. MCA Photo by Melanie Hernandez