In March, the University of Louisiana of Lafayette announced remote learning after the novel coronavirus outbreak began, and afterwards seniors grew worrisome about their plans post-graduation.
Senior Lindsey Tate, who is majoring in education, said job opportunities are still possible after graduation; however, she is concerned that she will not know how to perform in an interview setting because she has not been able to speak with her mentor.
“Right now, I’m searching, but none of the principals are answering back,” said Tate.
She said without an answer back or the possibility of an interview, she began to be worried that most aspiring teachers will get jobs last minute.
“Most are worrying about if school is even going to be happening in the fall, because of everything being pushed back,” said Tate.
Education major and senior Jamara Washington said for the first year of teaching, she is required to have a supervisor in her classroom through UL Lafayette.
Washington said she is terrified for online school to be extended within the public school system, because a lot of graduating seniors in education may not be able to get a job.
Only dual enrollment students and already-virtual learning students are continuing online education, and others are encouraged but not required, according to Tate.
Tate said she is worried that she will be underprepared in her own performance as a teacher, considering the teacher assistant training is put on halt, adding she was just starting to get used to the routine of teaching, and without the training, it may take four or five months to get used to it again.
Washington said she is also concerned about her own performance in the classroom without these months of in-person training.
Washington said she is comfortable in front of students and teaching, but new methods or subjects she may need to learn quickly worry her.
Both Washington and Tate said they hope to be able to lean on other staff members and teachers for guidance.
Washington said she planned on teaching remedial students, which she said are students who either failed the leap, failed one or more classes, or are aging too much to continue in middle school so they must go to high school.
“I feel like it will be a lot more difficult for them in particular to want to really learn,” said Washington.
Tate said four months without school for students in households with domestic violence, lack of food, or other non-ideal conditions will affect how the students perform, as well as the student-teacher relationship between them.
“We’re going to have to help these kids out and make them feel safe again, because it’s going to be rough,” said Tate.
Tate said she considered getting money together for mental health services to be provided to students in difficult situations or households
Washington said she urges education majors who are not seniors to continue in-class training as much as possible, and to get comfortable with the students.