Saskatchewan High School seniors rejoice at return of in-class learning, worrying about learning gaps


Talia Allingam has always been an exceptional student, making honors from year to year, but this year – in the final year of high school – she is unsure whether she will be able to achieve the same feat.

“I struggled academically [remote learning]”Just because I’m an in-person learner,” said Allingam, a 12th-grade student at Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School.

“Despite my academics and my ability to focus in the classroom, I struggled severely with focus and motivation,” she said.

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Students with the Regina Public and Catholic School Division returned to class on Monday.

Although Allingham will graduate this summer, she will be taking a year off before going on to secondary education to take much-needed breath. She is expected to “fall in love with education” after experiencing an academic year due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Allingham says that some of her friends at the university have given up all the ups and downs caused by an uncertain academic year, and she refrains from being in the same position.

“Mentally, for the future and it’s hard to see what’s out there, because we don’t know what’s going to happen day-to-day and I know I’m taking a year’s vacation, just because I don’t. Could online for university. “

Allingam and his friend Zander Tate – who is also a senior at Reifel High School – say they welcome returning to school because it is a more conducive learning environment for them.

“I’m a very hands-on learner … Just being online has made it very difficult to manage, like waking up and missing that wake-up call,” Gender said.

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Patrick Maze, president of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, says that distance education means that teachers will have to catch something during the next school year.

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“Teachers will need to circle back and ensure that the gaps are addressed as much as possible, the resources we have and the ability to identify those gaps,” Maze said.

“And that’s not just PK for 12 teachers, including university teachers,” he said.

Despite the epidural cueball, Allingam says the experience made him more resilient.

“It has been a blessing and a curse,” he said. “I think it has prepared a lot of students to understand that life will not always be what you set it to be, and I think that is a very big lesson.”

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