Six people, six Zoom classes: The Wright way to do online learning

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Luke Wright

Showing off his setup, social studies teacher John Wright has gotten comfortable in his new classroom. Before the school year, everyone in the Wright family had to arrange and organize their own learning space. “We basically broke it up into districts,” J. Wright said. “And so far everything has worked great, hopefully it can stay that way.”

Being at home can be challenging for students as most lack direct access to their teachers, but for freshman Brian Wright and junior Luke Wright, they can’t escape them.

The Wright family consists of two teachersincluding social studies teacher John Wright––and four students, all in different grades.

“Starting high school online was very stressful,” B. Wright said. “It gets pretty overwhelming sometimes because it’s really hard to focus on what I’m doing while I’m at home.”

Although they have six people on Zoom meetings at the same time, the family has found a way to make it work. 

“One of our main concerns was whether or not our WiFi would be able to hold up,” J. Wright said. “We did a little investigating, and we were able to upgrade our internet and purchase some extenders as well.”

However, in a house with this many people, WiFi is not the only concern.

“The hardest part is dividing up the space so that everyone can have a somewhat quiet space,” L. Wright said. “So far it has worked great. It’s very rare that I actually hear someone else and I have yet to be interrupted.” 

 

 

The two youngest kids in the Wright family are fifth grader Grace Wright and seventh grader Sarah Wright.

“I’ve been really proud of the girls so far,” L. Wright said. “This is totally new for all of us and it has to be hard for them to change everything they’ve ever known, but they’re doing a great job.”

Not only did they have to divide up space, and adapt to the new environment, but the family had to make a new list of rules for kids and the parents while classes are going on, like not being able to ask their parents questions while they’re teaching.

“While we’re teaching, we’re basically off limits,” J. Wright said. “But that’s just part of growing up, you need to learn how to do things without your parents’ help and right now everyone is doing a great job of that so far.”