Photo & Article By: Alice Brookston
As many Santa Rosa High School students know, the schedule has changed greatly from what it used to be, in order to accommodate online learning. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are days in which students must attend Zoom meetings arranged by their teachers for the day. Wednesdays are the days that students can use to catch up on assignments, get ahead on work for the rest of the week, and most importantly, to rest.
However, these ‘easy-breezy’ Wednesdays have turned into debilitatingly stressful days compiled of many tedious, and often long, assignments due from all 6 classes. While all that was originally required from these days was “one meaningful interaction” with each teacher, they have become a day filled with a surplus of assignments.
Many students, such as Amy Genolio, a junior at Santa Rosa High School, have noticed this: “The deadlines for the majority of assignments are on Wednesdays and since Monday and Tuesday are filled with Zoom meetings, it is sometimes challenging to find the time to complete the Wednesday assignments.”
The idea of a break in the middle of the week sounded very appealing to many students, but after a few weeks of practice of this so-called work-day, it has seemingly become a stressful experience. Although some would argue that this event is because of the teachers not taking students’ other classes into consideration. It is their fault by no means, seeing as they were given direct instructions to have a “meaningful interaction” with the students on Wednesdays, in whatever method they deemed fit, which clearly varies from teacher to teacher.
Caroline Roth, a sophomore at Santa Rosa High School had a similar opinion on this matter: “I think that the school had good intentions with giving us a workday to finish up other projects, but in my case, and in the case of a lot of friends, we end up doing most work on Wednesdays because our teachers keep assigning more work on Wednesdays instead of letting us finish up other work assigned in the beginning of the week. If anything, Wednesday feels like more work instead of less, creating more stress for me. It also makes me really unmotivated to do any work because I’m so stressed.”
While it is still important to have students stay agile in their classwork even when they are not present in the class, there are still many more efficient options to obtain a meaningful interaction with students, without causing the massive work and stress load on Wednesdays.
For example, teachers could easily set-up a Google form and ask their students a few simple, short-answer questions for the day. They could ask about the current subject they are teaching, how everyone is feeling, or even just how they are currently doing with everything going on in the world.
It’s a simple and time-efficient task, and would free up time in students’ days to actually catch up on assignments at a more leisurely speed, along with permitting for a much-needed relaxing period, and finally allowing for students’ minds to be ready to learn new material by the time they go back to classes on Thursday.