Students and Parents Weigh in on Challenges of Remote Learning

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 6:59 PM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Students throughout Aroostook County are adapting to remote learning.

From empty hallways… to empty classrooms, students have taken to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and families say there are many challenges to this kind of instruction.

“Usually some of the teachers have slow WIFI and it’s hard to understand them when they’re talking… trying to demonstrate something it’s hard because you can’t really see them doing it and it’s easier for me to have a teacher demonstrate how to do it than just talk about it.”

For Gina Spenser and her children, remote learning has been an adjustment.

“It’s been a struggle to get them to both participate in the online. My daughter is doing very well with it… My son is struggling because he’s not used to not having the instructor right there… He’s a very hands on learner so it’s hard for him. I work from 9-5 and don’t have the luxury or the opportunity to stay at home with the kids and kind of be there and help them get through their day and make sure that they’re on and all of that throughout the day.”

One college student says there are pros and cons to this style of learning.

“For extroverts I guess they’re not getting that very fast paced environment… they’re just at home where it’s calm. I mean the pros obviously… hopefully we are stopping the spread of COVID which I believe that we are… and I think that you really learn your learning style and how to depend on yourself than your peers and your professors.”

As the pandemic lingers, many school districts are hopeful to return to in person learning after the new year.

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