Going from regular school to online school was a change. The first weeks began with little break from school while the teachers got prepared for what was to come. Once Gull Lake, along with most other districts, decided to do virtual school, students started receiving emails and assignments from teachers. While some schools have continued grades, Gull Lake has gone to a credit, no credit system for the third trimester.
This called for students and teachers to adapt to credit and no credit system.
The most common concern was time staying on top of assignments since there isn’t a teacher watching to make sure the students are doing their work. The teachers at Gull Lake give students due dates, but student are allowed to turn in all assignments at any time before the end of the year. The due dates are to keep students on track.
Some students may think having to do work on their own is difficult but if a student paces themself make sure to do a little work every day to stay on track. I feel we don’t get too much work, so I think it is manageable to get all my work done on time and not be too stressed.
Sophomore Maddie Defranciso says, “I find it somewhat difficult that I have to manage my own work but I try to make it work the best I can.”
I feel many can agree with Defranciso, the main thing is my stress level has been a lot lower, and I can manage my time well.
Getting to wake up on your own time is a plus for me and create your own schedule that best fits me. At first, I thought to have my own schedule was going to be difficult, but I have a lot of time to get things done since I don’t have anything to do for now. I don’t think online is for me though and would rather continue regular school next fall, but it’s not so bad spending a few months doing online. Since I have gotten used to it, I can finish school on my own for the day and have extra time to do whatever I please. I still wake up on my own time and can finish later that day.
Overall, I think having online school for a few months is nice because I can manage my own schedule and still be able to enjoy not having to do much. It may have taken some time to get used to and I still get stressed but not as much. School is almost over and I am hanging in there.