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Garces enters fourth week of distance learning

Posted at 5:49 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 13:16:55-04

BAKERSFIELD, CA.  — While many local school districts are in their first week of distance learning, Garces Memorial High School was one of the first high schools in Kern County to start in early August.

After four weeks of classes, teachers and students have not been spared from the average technology issues schools, county-wide, are experiencing this week. A Garces literature teacher, Kristen Zasoski saying, “honestly I haven't had this problem very much at all but when it does its kind of just shuffling around lesson plans and being as flexible as possible."

Teachers say it's important to give clear directions and be flexible when it comes to distance learning.

“For the older kids, I think they feel more comfortable to ask questions because they're not surrounded by a bunch of people and they're almost forced to because they don't have those resources at home," said Bryan Hainey, Statistics and Health teacher at Garces.

Teachers also say distance learning can be engaging and innovative.

“You can see them typing in real time so it says 'Alexis is here' as they're writing their journals," said Zasoski. "I can see them and I usually give comments and I tell them to write so and so and you can see them as it's going."