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Opportunities in Learning: The Transition to Blended Learning and Parents as Facilitators of Learning

There are many possibilities that could happen, brought about by the COVID-19. By looking at both sides – the positive and the negative – you will see the hidden reasons for this pandemic. These include transition to blended learning that leads to time demands in order to resolve the problems found in the implementation of modular distance learning. Parents are a facilitator in learning because they are the root and focus of the progress of their children in learning lessons. This helps the teacher to look at the positive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education system.

Transition to Blended Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts the education system in terms of the delivery of lessons. It moves from face-to-face learning to modular distance learning. Due to the numerous difficulties faced by different schools in the preparation of printed modules and the unavailability of home learning facilitators, DepEd is now preparing to provide limited face-to-face learning in the coming year.

The potential imposition of face-to-face instruction is just a prelude to the transition to blended learning. This is a blend of two or more learning modes. It is expected to combine the two-day face-to-face with the written modules in which the learners are housed. That is, when the learners are in school the teachers can explain the content of the lessons and how to focus on the various tasks set out in the module. The remaining days of the week the learners are going to work at home, where they are going to perform their assigned tasks for the week.

Every day is an opportunity for all to learn. The main goal of this move to blended learning is to resolve the issues and concerns that occur during the introduction of modular distance learning. In the same way, the learners have the ability to communicate with their peers, which really helps to improve their social skills. It is a big help to encounter the various learning modalities so that everybody can grasp the flow and the way to innovate if the area encounters disruptions during lessons.

The transition to blended learning is seen as an advantage for everybody since it solves the issues of unavailability of learning facilitators. In addition, teachers may decide the actual performance of learners who serve as the basis for determining their numerical grades. Truly, there is always a bright side of it and the majority of teachers, parents, and learners benefit from it. Schools are advised to look at the health and welfare of learners after this action has taken place.

Parents as Facilitators of Learning

Parents play a critical role in the modern normal education system. They play as facilitators of learning or as teachers of their own children. As a facilitator of learning, they are required to have ample knowledge and information on the different contents of the modules released to them. In order for parents to be able to teach their children, they need to attend the weekly orientation of the schools to the parents. Teachers clarify the content of the lessons during the orientation. They ensure that every gray point of the lessons is adequately conveyed to them. It is very important for parents to take part in the orientation so that they know what to do while they are at home and fulfill their duties as facilitators of learning.

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Parents are required to set the schedule of their modular lessons first during the teaching phase of their children. They are advised, if possible, to follow the parents' guide provided to them during the distribution process. Likewise, the timetable for each learning area must be followed. The parents are then required to explain the substance of the lesson. They will need to include additional samples to help their children understand the lesson. In dealing with a variety of events, parents must let their children work on their own. They just wanted to see what their children were doing. In addition, they need to verify if their children are doing the right thing. In this process, parents will ask questions about the lessons. This is one of the ways to track children's success in the lesson. In addition, they need to keep a record of all the grades, accomplishments and achievements of their children. Only then, they can assess the success of their children. In cases where parents do not know how to teach the content of the lesson, they can consult the teacher immediately or even ask the teacher to explain the content of the lessons to their children. In doing so, various forms of communication can be used to ensure the health and safety of children.

There are many reasons to be grateful in this period of the pandemic, just like getting an opportunity to experience the work of the teachers. Parents get a chance to play the role of teachers; it is only putting oneself in the shoes of other. It is called an incentive because it offers parents a chance to learn how to become teachers to their own children. In the same way, this scenario serves as a realization of the work done by the teachers to their children. It is very hard to become a teacher, particularly when the learners are your own children.

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