Online Learning: Navigating the New Norm
Article by Ines Monsalve ‘22
Editor’s Note: The following are reflections from students in every grade at Little Flower to get a feel with how our sisters are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our school.
Freshman: Sydney Morales
Sydney Morales is a freshman honors student. She runs indoor track and participates in clubs such as LF Planeteers and Stage Crew. Although she felt uneasy about virtual learning at first, she adjusted to her current circumstances in the first few weeks.
Teaching through Google Classroom, like Mrs. Murray and many other teachers have used, has been her favorite method of teaching so far. Sydney’s advice to other students is to work ahead on assignments and get everything out of the way sooner rather than later. She makes sure to make time for activities that she enjoys after her schoolwork.
Sophomore: Kristina Pham
Kristina Pham is a sophomore who participates in Ambassadors, Liturgical Friends, the Yearbook, and the LF Planeteers. In her opinion, Kristina finds virtual learning difficult. She believes that even with support, virtual learning is not even close to learning in a classroom.
She is thankful to the teachers who have been so supportive during this time. Kristina particularly likes Mrs. Zolk’s way of teaching through Educreations and Google Chats. She finds these videos help her to understand the concepts of Algebra ll because they are similar to Mrs. Zolk’s teaching style in class.
Kristina likes to decorate her journal and bake in order to alleviate her stress. She says, “Even though most of us were robbed of so many experiences and opportunities, this time at home is such a great opportunity to take a mental break and breathe.”
Junior: Aniyah Plumer
Aniyah Plumer is a junior, and she participates in the school musicals, Liturgical Friends, Creative Spaces club, Mock Trial, and Ambassadors. She believes that virtual learning is a great advancement in technology, but she misses her friends and teachers at school.
Aniyah particularly likes Google Classroom because it notifies her right away when the teacher posts an assignment. She is grateful to all teachers, especially Ms. Kuvik, who have worked with students. Ms. Kuvik checks in with students and offers to help students with food, supplies, and exercise.
The advice that Aniyah gives to other students is to relax and do what you can. She understands that this is a hard time for everybody, but it won’t last forever. Aniyah read a quote that she’d like to share: “You have to endure the storm to enjoy the rainbow.”
Senior: Maura Kilkenny
Maura Kilkenny is a senior who participates in soccer, lacrosse, and SGA. She prefers to learn in a classroom environment but she realizes that the teachers have been working very hard to help students thrive during this time.
Her favorite form of teaching is through a zoom meeting because she can raise her hand and change her background. She believes all of her teachers are doing great and Mrs. Stankiewicz is a good example to follow.
Maura has been keeping herself on a schedule so she can handle stress. She tells her classmates to wake up early and get some work done, and then go outside and get some sun!