of the challenge of teaching in times of Covid-19

For years, many teachers have said that they are “on the front line”. On the front line and sometimes helpless, alone in their classroom to carry out their mission. Four public college teachers have agreed to entrust their field experience to AFP each week.

For the second “teachers’ notebooks” delivered in full re-containment, they tell of the difficulties to be taught in times of coronavirus.

– “The impression of tinkering” –

Marie, 44 years old, French teacher whose first name has been changed, has been working for ten years in a large town of Ille-et-Vilaine:

“The reinforced health protocol consists, with us, of leaving the pupils in a designated class for a whole day. The teachers move from one class to another.

It’s a novelty and there are a lot of sick leave, teachers who find it very difficult to adapt. They have the impression of tinkering.

We adapt to each class. Rooms without audio equipment, without projector … We arrive and we discover.

The pupils feel that we are not always ready and take advantage of it. It’s more complicated to put them to work, to channel them, it takes a lot more energy, that’s what is tiring. “

– “Feeling of abandonment” –

Céline, 45, teaches history and geography in a REP + rated college in a medium-sized town in Haut-Rhin:

“There is a stressful side: the protocol of (Jean-Michel) Blanquer (the Minister of Education) was put in place + as far as possible +, but in my establishment there is not much possible.

There is no physical distancing, no half-groups, the rooms are not cleaned more than usual, there has been no hiring of additional staff to clean.

There are announcement effects and this even leads to a feeling of abandonment, even contempt for many teachers: our health is not the ministry’s concern. For example, since June we have been calling for closed bins to throw away masks in particular, we still do not have them.

We also force more on the voice with the masks … We are exhausted. “

– Striking –

Camille, 39, has been teaching history and geography for ten years in a REP + classified college in a small town in Yvelines:

“I chose to strike to denounce the discrepancy between the health measures taken nationally and those in which we work. I have the feeling that my health, that of my students and their families are not taken into consideration.

Since the start of the school year, we have been wearing the mask, washing our hands, ventilating the classroom and there is a sense of movement in the establishment. Apart from these measures, nothing has changed.

For security reasons, my windows only open 15cm. I have to keep them open at all times and my students are required to keep their coats on. On days when it’s too cold, I have to close them. What will it be like in winter?

The students adapt well, even classify the hydroalcoholic gels in order of preference! I think they are mostly unsettled because adults don’t know and say so. I explain to them that we must remain patient and accept the idea that we will know more in a few years. “

– Pupils “less armed” for the future –

Philippe, 54, teaches history-geography in a village in Puy-de-Dôme:

“It’s not so much the health protocol itself that creates fatigue. The problem is that this situation, which will last, is added to everything else.

Being a teacher is tiring because you have to be 100% in the presence of the students. The forums and meetings have tended to multiply.

The fact of chasing time when you have to spend time with the students to understand them and be understood by them. Also hearing the term crisis very often. My age can also play.

Sometimes I’m sick of it, but it doesn’t last.

I am thinking of my 3rd year students, of whom I am the main teacher: meetings with parents are eliminated, everything being done by telephone or by messaging; the observation internship in the professional world must take place the week of November 30, but the health situation calls it into question for some of my students who are refused or know of internship cancellations.

I find that my 3rd year students are victims of the situation because they will be less “armed” than the previous generations for their guidance. “

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