Ginnie Graham: Distance learning not ideal but provides consistency and safety | Columnists

The Tulsa Public Schools board is going to decide next week on whether to accept Superintendent Deborah Gist’s recommendation on how to reintroduce students back into physical classrooms. It’s a hybrid, phased in approach that seems reasonable.

Opinions about distance learning is polarizing among parents, colored by national political overtones and differing views on risk taking.

Academically, my kids aren’t getting the same quality education. That is no one’s fault.

Teachers are doing a Herculean task by pivoting into online learning. Different platforms are needed, tailored to the courses offered by the schools. Classes dependent on student interaction require creativity.

At first, my teenagers were asked to be online for each hour of each class. That was six to eight hours daily in front of a screen, followed by homework. The normal practice of allowing kids to do work in class was lost in this model.

There were miscommunications and technology hiccups.

Our school shifted based on that feedback, but getting the word out to all parents is another battle. Some parents cannot be easily found even when using social media, text, phone calls and email.

Teachers are finding a groove. Some alternate days on Zoom and giving assignments. Some grade differently, with a focus on projects or completion of work.

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