COVID-19 Affecting Remote Learners Academically



Remote learners may be affected by COVID-19 academically this year due to not being taught directly in-person. Some are not gaining the help they need and unlike in-person learners, remote learners can’t get help directly from the teacher.  “I feel like some of my classes have been impacted by COVID-19,” said Manuel Mendoza, a Dobie seventh grader, “especially the hands-on classes.”


In addition, remote learners have been facing academic challenges such as goals and grades due to not getting face-to-face instruction time.  “A challenge I had when I first started remote learning was hard assignments,” said Allison Chavarria, a Dobie seventh grader.


In fact, remote learners have been facing similar problems as each other since they started doing remote learning. “The only challenges I had were enrolling late and computer malfunctions,” said Isaac Wilkerson, a Dobie seventh grader.


In particular, remote learners will face loss of math and english studies. Students may have more variability in certain skills. Some students will feel less engaged in remote learning. “I feel somewhat engaged in remote learning,” said Manuel Mendoza, seventh grader, “because sometimes it’s hard for you to catch your teacher online.”


 Likewise, most students will have an average of learning gains between 40% to 50% in mathematics while some students will have an average of 66% in reading. Some students will remain with an average of 70% as a regular school year.  “My grades are pretty much the same because I make sure to take notes. If I need help, I get on Zoom, said Manuel Mendoza, seventh grader.


Furthermore, remote learners may dislike remote learning due to the lack of assistance and communication and some students may like remote learning for being independent and taking their time. “I think that school is different, but it’s okay,” said Allison Chavarria, seventh grader.


Proceeding that, remote learners will be affected academically by COVID-19 and some students will not get the help they need from teachers. “I do not like it because with online learning, you don’t get the same feel as if you were in person,” said Isaac Wilkerson, seventh grader.