OPINION: What are the Pros and Cons of the Synchronous Hybrid Model?

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Illiustrated by: Nakia Harmon

Listing out the pros and cons of the synchronous hybrid model that has been implemented at McIntosh can be compared to playing the game he loves me, he loves me not or she loves me, she loves me not.

Nakia Harmon, Opinion Editor

On Thurs. Dec. 3, McIntosh began operating on a synchronous hybrid model. The synchronous hybrid model requires McIntosh students who were originally A group students while McIntosh operated on the hybrid model to attend their classes at McIntosh on Dec. 3, Dec. 4, Dec. 9, and Dec. 10; McIntosh students who were originally B group students while McIntosh operated on the hybrid model are required to attend their classes at McIntosh on Dec. 7, Dec. 8, Dec. 11, and Dec. 14. The school days in which McIntosh students do not attend their classes at McIntosh are school days in which they have to log into Zoom meetings during their class periods to receive instruction from their teachers. It looks I’ll be zooming right back to log into my Zoom meetings really soon. Attending Zoom meetings is a faint memory of my virtual learning experience from last school year in the spring, and it now looks like I am going to be making even more Zoom meeting memories. Attending Zoom meetings is not an activity that I absolutely dread doing because I find it as another unique way for people to communicate with one another. I do feel like there are some pros and cons to the synchronous hybrid model that has now been implemented at McIntosh.
I think that there are as many pros for operating on the synchronous hybrid model as there are cons for operating on the synchronous hybrid model. One of the pros is helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to any students and staff members at McIntosh. Another one of the pros is being able to learn concepts that are taught to you in a space that you feel the most comfortable in. Having the ability to plan out your day before your Zoom meetings begin is also one of the pros. As much as I would like to point out the pros of the synchronous hybrid model, I would like to acknowledge the faults of the synchronous hybrid model as well.
No one would ever think that there is as much of a traffic backup for attending a Zoom meeting as there is driving through a city to get to a real meeting on time. The traffic backup that is being referred to are the distractions that students may be faced with at home which is one of the cons of the synchronous hybrid model especially for students at McIntosh who share a room with their siblings like myself. Another one of the cons would be technical difficulties that could arise from a lack of internet connection while using a Chromebook. Not being able to receive the same amount of assistance from your teacher as you did while you were in class is also one of the cons. The way that I have had to learn this school year has drastically changed, but myself and other McIntosh students have decided to make the most out of it by continuing to be the best students that we can possibly be.
Although I have listed out all of the pros and cons about the synchronous hybrid model, I have decided not to focus solely on them because I know that I must preserve. This year has not exactly been peachy keen for all of us in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which is why we all need to learn how to become more understanding with one another and how to be patient when we encounter challenges. I plan to end this year strong and do not plan on doing anything less than that, so I hope that you will decide to join me in doing so. On Thurs. Dec. 3, McIntosh began operating on a synchronous hybrid model. The synchronous hybrid model requires McIntosh students who were originally A group students while McIntosh operated on the hybrid model to attend their classes at McIntosh on Dec. 3, Dec. 4, Dec. 9, and Dec. 10; McIntosh students who were originally B group students while McIntosh operated on the hybrid model are required to attend their classes at McIntosh on Dec. 7, Dec. 8, Dec. 11, and Dec. 14. The school days in which McIntosh students do not attend their classes at McIntosh are school days in which they have to log into Zoom meetings during their class periods to receive instruction from their teachers. It looks I’ll be zooming right back to log into my Zoom meetings really soon. Attending Zoom meetings is a faint memory of my virtual learning experience from last school year in the spring, and it now looks like I am going to be making even more Zoom meeting memories. Attending Zoom meetings is not an activity that I absolutely dread doing because I find it as another unique way for people to communicate with one another. I do feel like there are some pros and cons to the synchronous hybrid model that has now been implemented at McIntosh.
I think that there are as many pros for operating on the synchronous hybrid model as there are cons for operating on the synchronous hybrid model. One of the pros is helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to any students and staff members at McIntosh. Another one of the pros is being able to learn concepts that are taught to you in a space that you feel the most comfortable in. Having the ability to plan out your day before your Zoom meetings begin is also one of the pros. As much as I would like to point out the pros of the synchronous hybrid model, I would like to acknowledge the faults of the synchronous hybrid model as well.
No one would ever think that there is as much of a traffic backup for attending a Zoom meeting as there is driving through a city to get to a real meeting on time. The traffic backup that is being referred to are the distractions that students may be faced with at home which is one of the cons of the synchronous hybrid model especially for students at McIntosh who share a room with their siblings like myself. Another one of the cons would be technical difficulties that could arise from a lack of internet connection while using a Chromebook. Not being able to receive the same amount of assistance from your teacher as you did while you were in class is also one of the cons. The way that I have had to learn this school year has drastically changed, but myself and other McIntosh students have decided to make the most out of it by continuing to be the best students that we can possibly be.

The trying moments in life are the ones that we will remember the most which is why we have to endure through them to tell our story of how we triumphed over them. ”

— Nakia Harmon Opinion Editor