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Aspiring teachers get front row seat in adapting classrooms

Posted at 1:29 PM, May 03, 2020

COLORADO — For soon-to-be college graduates, there's a lot of uncertainty. Between an job market becoming more complicated by the day and uncertainty of the economy's future, there's worry.

As schools in Colorado will remain closed for in-person learning the remainder of this school, those looking to enter the education field had many questions as the pandemic got underway.

"Your initial thought is, stress, like oh my gosh "Am I going to be able to get a degree?" Am I going to have to student teach again?" Kristen George, a senior at UCCS studying inclusive elementary education said, who is wrapping up her student-teaching program in Harrison District 2.

George got a job lined up for next school year- although the possibility of beginning her teaching career online is something not lost on her, and others looking to start a career in education. However, George says she's grateful to have the experience of adapting to new styles during her student-teaching program.

"I'm getting to learn this now, especially under some amazing teachers like this is how we adapt to changes," George said, who added most of her students don't have access to computers to have class online for hours at a time. The school is providing packets for families to pick up for students to learn. In some cases, mobile hot spots are also being provided for those who need access.

The unknowns are daunting for any college graduate, and with many districts knowing the possibilities- students say all they can do is prepare for those possibilites.

"Starting the year like that, I think building classroom culture and getting to know the students is really strange," Jacob Godino, another senior at UCCS said, "it's of course a lot harder, there's a lot more challenges in implementing that."

Seniors also realize there will likely be additional challenges, as the state will soon look at making budget cuts- which could have an impact on education.

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