Coronavirus: Calgary post-secondary students react to 1st month of online learning – Calgary

It has been approximately one month since post-secondary students headed back to school, most of them online.

On Friday, the University of Calgary announced it was planning to increase the amount of in-class learning for the winter semester from 20 percent to 30 percent.

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Marley Gillies, vice-president of the University of Calgary Students’ Union, said the quick transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic was tough.

“The adjustment in the winter semester was really difficult,” said Gillies. “The switch was hard”.

Gillies said while the campus is quiet, behind the scenes, students are busy, and the union is encouraging them to take advantage of clubs still taking place online.

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“We’re hoping that it helps ease the adjustment and make it easier for students to complete their education and still have a social life,” Gillies said.

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Parents react to CPS decision to move to blended learning

We’re hearing from a lot of unhappy parents as Cincinnati Public Schools prepares to move to blended learning.Thousands of families are still processing what this means for them. Gina Brenner is the mother of four CPS students.She’s not satisfied with the model adopted by the district. “I understand the appeal of getting kids back in school, but a blended model is a halfway answer that is actually going to cause more problems than it solves, I think,” said Brenner.Brenner is immunocompromised. She feels staying with remote learning is what makes sense for the most people.She also has many questions about the 1-2-2 model.”Who’s going to be teaching the kids that are at home when the cohort A is in class and cohort B is doing online learning?” she asked.Students will go from seeing a teacher five days a week with remote learning, to three days of teacher-led instruction each week.One … Read More

Teachers react after starting school with distance learning

Local educators dish on the learning curve they’re managing teaching virtual lessons.

MINNEAPOLIS — For most districts school has been in session for at least a couple weeks now. Teachers have been adjusting to incorporate distance and hybrid learning into their lessons plans. Now that they’re back at work, let’s check in with Maya Kruger from St. Anthony Middle School, Megan Hall who teaches at Open World Learning Community in St. Paul, and Rachel Baumann, a Special Education Teacher at Farmington High to see how things are going.

Kris: Everyone knows change is tough, how has hybrid and distance learning gone so far?

Rachel Baumann: I think everyone is really tired. There is just so much going on and so many moving parts that we have to keep on top of.

Maya Kruger: This year I very much feel like a first-year teacher. Giving instructions, what I need to prepare,

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