How Does Hybrid Learning Affect Grades and Motivation?

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Max MacDonald, Writer

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Pentucket students participate in a hybrid learning model. The high school students are split into two main groups: Cohorts A and B. Cohort A goes to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays while Cohort B goes on Wednesdays and Fridays. When one group is at school, the other group is learning remotely at home. Lack of extra space in the high school to promote social distancing requires the at-home students to log onto Google Classroom and do the assignments their teachers have posted for them. 

Students are only in school two out of the five weekdays. This is a huge problem for some students, as they suffer without their teachers’ guidance from home. Chemistry teacher Mrs. Lentz says, “Not having a specific daily schedule and being home three of five days significantly affects learning for some students.” 

It’s hard for kids to be motivated to learn remotely, especially with all of the distractions being at home brings. Mrs. Lentz also says, “More students turn in work late than I have ever seen, and with access to online material, there is more incentive to Google answers rather than learn the material.” 

More students compared to other years are having lower grades and turning in more late assignments. U.S. History teacher Mr. Harty also “feel[s] that most students are a little behind each day.” These late assignments affect students’ grades and can cause a snowball effect. 10th-grade student Kyle Ventola says, “I have no motivation to learn or do school work from home and I procrastinate, so I don’t start doing my homework until late, which causes me to get little sleep.” 

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Kate Gerrish, another 10th-grade student, says, “Having to go back and forth from virtual learning to in-person learning is very difficult to learn in because there is no structure. Many times in virtual learning I have to do homework for things that I have not been taught yet.” More kids than ever are struggling with staying on top of their school work and is a direct result of being at home more than in school.

As many students as there are struggling with hybrid learning, there are some students who aren’t hurting from it. Not every student needs a teacher in front of them seven hours a day to make sure their work is being done or answering their questions. However, of the students that were interviewed, 90% of them said they were negatively affected by hybrid learning. Whether it’s procrastinating at home or lower grades, hybrid learning is having a significant impact on students