Teachers Express Views on Hybrid Learning

Three teachers share their opinion on the ways hybrid learning has impacted them.

David Negrete, Reporter

It’s no mystery that this year has been hard for the students to adapt to hybrid and online school assignments but for the teachers, it has been widely different. 

Vetter’s Adaption

Anne Vetter, a foreign language teacher, has been having a particularly difficult time adapting. She has been putting in more hours than usual at home and can see it affecting her family time. 

“I haven’t seen my kids, hardly at all. I’m sitting there typing away when I’m at home,” Vetter said. “I have no time to talk to my husband. I have just been non-stop working since June.” 

This of course has led to tech issues. Vetter mentioned having tech issues every day with transferring grades to Powerschool

“If you get a third of the questions correct then your grade will be, 33.33333 and then it sends it back to PowerSchool, but decimals are too long so PowerSchool rejects it,” Vetter said. “So I have to go in and manually change all of the grades in the grade book in Canvas so that it will send the correct grade to PowerSchool.” 

Marshbank’s Adaption

Andrea Marshbank, a debate and English teacher, has a mixed experience adapting to hybrid. This is her first year teaching at Shawnee Heights as she was previously teaching at Seaman High School. 

“I think the hybrid schooling is quite a bit more difficult, on both the teaching side and the student side based on the feedback I’m receiving. On the teaching side it takes significantly longer,” Marshbank said.“ I have kind of had to separate work from home a little bit… I have to like set a time limit and say ok after 9 pm no emails for my own sleep.” 

Due to school becoming hybrid, Marshbank had to change up her class curriculum. She had to change lectures to guided notes and had to make discussion/application problems an in-school occurrence. 

“It doesn’t work out perfectly. It means that the most boring parts of my curriculum are done online, which kind of online is already hard to find motivation,” Marshbank said. 

Propp’s Adaption

Riley Propps, a social studies teacher, has been having an easier time adapting to hybrid schooling. He admits to being stressed in the beginning but has grown to enjoy it over the past weeks.

“I think that it’s easier as far as pacing for the week,” Propps said “I think the big thing where it’s affecting me is learning and building relationships with my students.”