Asynchronous learning gives teachers extra preparation time

District-wide Asynchronous Student Learning Days were implemented to give teachers extra preparation time for students returning to campus Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15. 

Under the asynchronous system, school hours remained the same. Secondary students were expected to complete an attendance check-in at the beginning of each class period and complete all coursework remotely. 

“It’s fun [and] I like it since we can just sign in and do our own work,” freshman Angel Wang said. “We work on our own and learn to take our work seriously.”

While students worked on their assignments, teachers received professional development and readied their classrooms for academic cohorts and in-person tutorial programs. They also used this time for grading and creating lesson plans.

“[Asynchronous Learning Days] gives flexibility for students to learn at their own pace. It’s only for two days, but it does break up the monotony of distance learning,” principal Ryan Maine said. “[Meanwhile], teachers can work behind the scenes to set up their classrooms to make sure technology is working and safety protocols are implemented.”

Two days of asynchronous learning were agreed upon by the Walnut Valley Unified School District and the Teacher’s Union as part of the plan to reopen schools. 

“Interacting with my students is the best part of my job, and I miss the connection of in-person classes,” English teacher Jennifer Maletz said. “The campus has been a lonely place without students during distance learning, so I am thrilled we are now ready to welcome them back.”

By Cathy Li, Staff writer

Photo courtesy of Leah Turner-Gibbs