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Education in the Midst of Health Crisis

Teacher Mary Ann sorts the modules of her learners.

Teacher Mary Ann sorts the modules of her learners.

The Philippine educational system is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, it changes the ways of learning; that is, from face-to-face learning to modular distance learning wherein the learners are using printed modules. There is a need for the teachers to embrace these changes in order for them successfully perform their duties and responsibilities. The Learning Delivery Modality (LDM2) Modules for Teachers are helpful to the teachers. This serves as their ways of understanding the different learning delivery modalities that are offered by the schools. Likewise, the roles of the teachers are given emphasis. As a matter of fact, teachers are expected to become resourceful, innovative, and creative in the performance of their roles for the benefits of the learners.

Classes are already started. It is almost at the end of the first quarter in the school. Teachers are already familiar with the tasks they need to accomplish such as conducting reviews on the contents of the modules, printing of modules, uploading softcopies in the Google Classroom, checking the outputs of the learners, and tracking the learning progress of the learners. The 8-hour workload of the teachers in the school is not enough for them to accomplish all their tasks. As a matter of fact, they continue their work at home in order for them to beat the deadlines. They are doing all these stuffs for the benefits of their learners.

The Weekly Home Learning Plan (WHLP) of the teachers is considered as the guide of the teachers in the delivery of the lessons to the learners. This contains the learning competency for the week which is taken from the Most Essential Learning Competency (MELC). Parents are also provided with a copy of the WHLP in order for them to have guides in the performance of their significant role in the midst of health crisis. They are playing the role of learning facilitators or the teachers of their own children at home. It is stressed during the orientation that parents need to read the contents of the WHLP in order for them to properly guide their children in accomplishing their assigned tasks. The most important part of the WHLP is the learning tasks because it directs the parents on the expected outputs of their children for the week.

There are some learners who are considered as independent learners because they have the ability and the capacity to study their lessons without the help of the learning facilitators. These types of learners must be provided with a copy of the WHLP in order for them to guided of what they need to accomplish for the week. By focusing on the learning tasks, the learners are guided on the step-to-step ways of learning the lessons; that is, from reading the contents of the modules to the answering of the activities. Words are written in accordance with the level of the learners in order for them to easily understand what to do. The accomplished outputs for the week are expected to be submitted on the scheduled dates given to the parents.

Written works are given to the learners to assess what they learned from the lessons. The contents are primarily based from the lessons for the week. The number of test items varies from one grade level to another. Likewise, the types of test are upon the discretion of the teachers. This means that they can employ the different types of test according to their preferences such as multiple choice, true or false, fill in the blanks, and identification. Aside from the written works, teachers are required to provide performance tasks for the learners. Usually, this form of assessment measures the application of what the learners understand from the lessons. The common activities given to the learners are skills demonstration, paragraph writing, and drawing or illustrations. The teachers provide rubrics as basis in giving points to the performance of the learners. There are instances that teachers involve the parents in assessing the performance of the learners. As a result, collaborative evaluation is employed in this form of assessment.

The Individual Learner Monitoring Plan (ILMP) is intended for the learners who lagged behind. They are the learners who encounter difficulties in answering the activities in the modules. Likewise, there are cases that those children who do not have learning facilitators fall to this category. As immediate action, teachers provide help and assistance to these learners. They allot some of their time to help the learners to cope with their lessons. Teachers are already used to these types of learners, and teachers are known to have a heart for every learner.

As a whole, there are many things to consider in continuing education in a midst of health crisis. What is important is that teachers are learning from every scene they encounter as days go on. With these experiences in life, they become more mature to deal with the changes that happening around. They are strong individuals who serve the learners at their best.

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