Asynchronous days are incorporated into the school schedule to provide students and teachers with a break from the stress and workload of online class. As freshmen students begin their high school careers, they give their ideas on the concept of these asynchronous days. (Photo used with permission of www.thenounproject.com)
This year has brought many changes to the school’s schedule and in the classroom, bringing about the concept of asynchronous days. Freshmen students at Leesville give their own opinions on whether asynchronous days are beneficial or not.
Colton Groff, Leesville Road High School student, wraps up his first semester as a freshman. Like other students, Groff began his first year of high school online and has mixed feelings about the asynchronous days during the week. “I have mixed emotions about them. I enjoy having the break and being able to sleep in but I’m not as productive as I once was or could be,” said Groff via text message.
Groff claims asynchronous productivity depends on the person and their personal mindset toward school. When asked if taking away the asynchronous day option would be beneficial to students, Groff replied, “Yes and no”.
“Taking away the asynchronous option can alter everyone’s workload mindset, but I know that I am definitely more productive when I am with other people and when a physical teacher and classroom are in the picture”, wrote Groff.
Owen Halberstat, Leesville Road High School student, provides his perspective on asynchronous days also as a freshman. He believes that it is useful for the most part but has some downsides to it. “On the asynchronous days, I think that it gives students more freedom and flexibility to do their work throughout the day as they need. However one downfall is the inability to ask questions knowing there is someone, but I think it’s a good thing to have for some extra freedom in the week.
Halberstat feels the school board has made the right decision in trying to allow for flexibility and stress relievers for students, but feels the asynchronous days are ineffective for the majority of students. Instead of working individually on school work, most students use the asynchronous days as an excuse for a day off.
Both Halberstat and Groff agree the school can become more effective with their schedule — especially when adding possible lenient areas for new high school students to ease them into the new challenges of high school and to get them started off on the right foot.
Each student believes they become less productive during their fourth period after the two hour break and the school should change its class schedule to fit the student’s needs.“I think that if Leesville had all of the periods back to back, my experience and school workload would become easier”, wrote Groff.
Allowing for individualized work and acting as a stress reliever for both students and teachers, asynchronous days continue to provide work time for students and teachers.