Read about how La Costa Canyon teachers have adapted their classes to fit the new online format!
As LCC has been moved online, several classes that are focused around hands-on experiences are forced to adapt to the new learning environment. Culinary and Child Development/Teaching and Learning are classes that used to be in person and had students doing hands on in person activities, are now forced to be online due to COVID-19. The situation has prompted teachers to put in countless hours to find ways to give their students the experience they need.
Ms. Terri Storch is one of the culinary teachers at LCC. She has had to become creative in order to rearrange for online learning.
“We are confident that the students are learning a lot of valuable information they can take with them in life, despite not being able to learn and practice the hands-on and teamwork skills in person,” Storch said.
Their efforts have not been in vain. Senior Julian Kong has had both in person, and online classes in these areas.
“Well, since we're at home, we have to do our cooking assignments at home. We're also now using an online cooking school called Rouxbe as part of our curriculum,” said Kong.
Senior Jordan Kremer took culinary arts last year, and is now in her second year. Although the culinary experience is different, it is still a good way to learn how to cook.
“Ms. Storch is doing a great job of giving us a mix of live demonstrations over Google Meet and assigning us things to do at home. It’s a fun class so far,” said Kremer.
Culinary may not be able to be meet in person, but Storch is still able to get the lessons across to her students. Even though this is not ideal, teachers such as Storch and Berend, are making sure their students are still learning.
“In a perfect virtual world, every student would be able to practice their culinary skills and make our class recipes at home, but that is not the reality. So, the students who are able to practice their skills and make the recipes at home are encouraged to do so, but if they can't we have a non-cooking assignment they can complete to fulfill those same points and still gain culinary knowledge,” said Storch.
Students are gaining that knowledge through other means as well.
“We are supplementing ( the Rouxbe) curriculum with demos of additional hands-on skills and information. So far we're making it work and the students seem to be enjoying what they're learning!” Storch said.
As Child Development/Teaching and Learning teacher Ms. Janet Berend has seen, despite intense efforts not everything can work during distance learning. For example, her students are not able to visit schools and actually interact with younger students. Despite constant trial and error, Berend has kept a steady head and has found the bright side to her students' new way of taking her class.
“They are learning by doing, which is the best kind of learning there is. Change always makes us a bit uncomfortable, but human beings are adaptable, and we're adapting, and I think at the end of the day, we're going to have an even stronger Teaching and Learning program because of it!” said Berend.
Despite being in different locations and through a screen, Berend feels like she and her students are able to make strong connections.
“The most challenging part about teaching this class online is not being able to interact in person. I think that all teachers feel this way, regardless of what class we're teaching. I was worried that it would be difficult for us to build a community, but I feel like we are all connecting,” Berend said.
There are so many different and challenging things that have happened due to Covid-19. But it has brought LCC new challenges to face, and the teachers and students are adapting. It may not be ideal, but the students at LCC are facing these problems head on, and are making the best of these uncertain times. Like many other schools and counties, the teachers are trying their best to give their students just a smidge of what school would have looked like if the pandemic had not impacted them, and their students appreciate the efforts.