Online Grading Adaptations & Changes

Teaching on Vacation. Christina Grace, an ESL teacher at Rancho Cotate is shown here enjoying a cup of coffee while teaching from a house she rented for the weekend. Being able to teach from nearly anywhere is one of the benefits teachers and students are finding with distance learning.  
Photo By: Ben Grace

Article By: Conor Grace

As students and teachers alike have changed from in-person classes to distance learning, there has been a myriad of difficulties for both parties. Students and teachers have had to adapt and learn new technologies. 

Most teachers have been forced to rework their lesson plans and teaching styles. Instead of getting an hour to teach, teachers must now contain their entire lesson to 30 minutes and digitize them. The forced digitization of teaching materials has thrown many teachers through a loop. Christina Grace is an ESL teacher at Rancho Cotate High School. Grace explained her annoyances by comparing the methods in which she used to use versus the ones she must use online, “I could say I’m going to teach how to write a topic sentence, and we could do an activity. Now I have to make something like a google slide. That part of it is just hours more work.” Grace has been frustrated with how she has been forced to teach due to distance learning, she has had to relearn how to teach.

Many teachers in the first quarter were very relaxed with due dates, and there was little punishment for a majority of late work. Mrs. Williams, a math teacher at SRHS, said that she has “become way more lax in my grading”. 

With the switch to distance learning, teachers have also been forced to rethink their testing policies. The math department in particular, has been forced to change the way they test. Many teachers have created more versions of a test, resulting in a more lengthy and troublesome grading process. 

When I spoke to Mrs. Williams, she noted her students’ use of apps, such as photomath, during their tests. On top of students’ use of apps for cheating, teachers are aware of students using their phones to share pictures and answers to their tests. As students have moved into new unregulated environments, their possibilities for cheating have only grown. 

Teachers, just like students, have been forced to adapt during distance learning. During distance learning, teachers have been forced to rethink their grading policies, and their testing policies as we are now in uncharted territory.

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