By Jacob Fisher
Students at Sheyenne have recently attended their first Wednesday under an open school model, where learning at your own pace in the classes you want is the norm. Roaming the halls will give you a sense of how massive a change this model is: students are arriving back after buying a pizza for their friends, groups are congregating in the halls to talk about their future plans while working on homework, and a few individuals have even cast AirPlay onto the lunchroom TVs to play Subway Surfer. Some students, however, are focusing a bit more on their classes and extracurriculars.
Stephon Blanchard and Sam Widjaja of the Esports Club express positive comments about the change while playing League of Legends to practice for the next game. “[It was] confusing for the start, but, honestly, I think we’ll get used to it.” Sam exclaimed, going back to gameplay with Stephon.
One student who was working on homework in the FTLA, Anabel Routleedge, mentioned that the new Wednesday plan has helped her catch up on school work. “I have had time to talk to teachers for anything I don’t understand, and [they] can help improve what you are doing for homework and make sure you are doing things correctly.” She planned to go to AP US History later.
In Mr. Kurtti’s room, students were busy working on their English papers. One was Bailey Grinde, who was doing the same with a large coffee sitting next to her. She, along with most other students, experienced the opposite change last Spring: full online learning without much motivation to get anything done. Due to the difficulties of working at home, she ended up failing the last semester of English I and is now taking it in the same semester as English II. It was safe to say she hated the online schedule. “You weren’t in person so the teacher couldn’t explain anything and it was hard to understand. It was hard to figure things out for yourself.” However, she is loving the new Wednesday schedule. “It helps me because it gives me freedom of what I need to do. I get an hour, or however long I need, and I get to sit with the teacher and get help and turn in missing assignments. I wish everyday school day was like this.”
Isabel Wedding, another English II student, also chimed in with similar thoughts to Mr. Williams, saying that the encouragement to raise your grades to not attend Wednesdays sounded effective. “I think this will push students to get their grades up so they don’t have to come in. They will say ‘Oh, I can sleep in!’”
Wednesdays should be spent at home for many students in the future if their grades are proficient.
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