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DepEd online program to overcome teaching challenges resumes

LEARNING CONTINUES even for teachers here seen during the in-house workshop on development and quality assurance of quarter 3 self-learning modules for Grades 4 to 12 that ended last January 22 at the Department of Education Cordillera office in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet with director Estela Carino as lead facilitator. The department also has the DepEd Teaches, an online program on best teaching practices to help teacher cope up with the difficulties in providing education during the pandemic. DepEd Cordillera photo

Six episodes are lined up by the Department of Education when it resumed its online program last January 21 designed to help teachers on how to overcome the challenges on providing education during the time of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Episode 5 of the DepEd that focused on “designing lessons to achieve learning standards for distance learning modalities” is the first of the six episodes slated for the months of January and February.

Angeles City school division supervisor Irelyn Tamayo facilitated this year’s first episode as the department tries to cope with the new normal in teaching due to the pandemic. The episode attracted more than 94,000 viewers.

The first three episodes of the DepEd Teaches are delving on K to 12 curriculum and planning and will be seen on the department’s Facebook page every week at 2 PM starting January 21 until February 24.

This coming Thursday, January 28, the scheduled episodes is “selecting teaching strategies and tasks relevant for learning delivery modalities” by DepEd – National Capital Region director Malcolm Carma. Episode 7, meanwhile, will focus on “preparing and utilizing learning materials appropriate to the learning modalities” by CALABARZON DepEd director Wilfredo Cabral.

The next three episodes that are slated for February will focus on the “learner and his/her learning environment.”

Episode 8 on February 11 will focus on the “understanding the special educational needs of learners in difficult circumstances with Region VI director Gemma Ledesma.

Episode 9 on February 18 will have CARAGA director and former DepEd Baguio superintendent Francis Cesar Bringas discussing “understanding teaching strategies for learners from indigenous groups.”

The last slated episode will be on February 24 and will focus on “managing learner behavior through positive discipline to ensure learning-focused environments” by Region V director Gilbert Sadsad.

DepEd Teaches was launched during the mid-year in-service training (INSET) week last year that was aimed to assist teachers in the new normal thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

An online program, it features episodes that focus on steps and initiatives in overcoming the challenges in providing education in the new normal.

DepEd secretary Leonor Briones said DepEd Teaches is a “contribution of the Curriculum and instruction strand to support the efforts of the Department of Education in communicating with our various stakeholders as it serves as a mechanism for providing technical assistance to the field as we are adapting to the new normal in basic education,…”

On the other hand, DepEd undersecretary Diosdado San Andres during the program’s virtual launching on December 23 last year said: “The other thing that we feel most likely influence the effectiveness of the learning activities for distance learning modality is the presence of the intense communication mechanism between the teachers and the home (parents and learners). Because if there is constant communication, doubts, confusions and uncertainties and even the difficult activities or problems that have been assigned to be undertaken and solved by learners will be addressed effectively,…”

Best practices in providing education are featured in DepEd Teaches with regional directors, schools division superintendents, school principals and teachers as speakers.

Educational experts will also be invited to the online program who will render talks on current issues and trends in basic education.

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