December 2, 2022

The Department of Education on Jan. 21 resumed its online program for teachers that will assist in overcoming the challenges on providing education during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Episode 5 of the “DepEd Teaches” online program that focused on “designing lessons to achieve learning standards for distance learning modalities” is the first of the six episodes slated for January and February.
Angeles City school division supervisor Irelyn Tamayo facilitated the first episode as the department tries to cope with the new normal in teaching.
The first three episodes delve on the K to 12 curriculum and planning, and will be seen on the department’s Facebook page every week at 2 a.m. starting Jan. 21 to Feb. 24.
Other slated episodes are “Selecting teaching strategies and tasks relevant for learning delivery modalities” on Jan. 28 by DepEd National Capital Region Director Malcolm Carma, while episode 7 will focus on “Preparing and utilizing learning materials appropriate to the learning modalities” by Calabarzon DepEd Director Wilfredo Cabral.
The next three episodes all slated for February will focus on the “learner and his/her learning environment.”
Episode 8 on Feb. 11 will focus on “understanding the special educational needs of learners in difficult circumstances with Region 6 Director Gemma Ledesma.
Episode 9 on Feb. 18 will have Caraga Director and former DepEd Baguio supervisor Francis Cesar Bringas discussing “understanding teaching strategies for learners from indigenous groups.”
The last slated episode will be on Feb. 24 and will focus on “managing learner behavior through positive discipline to ensure learning-focused environments” by Region 5 Director Gilbert Sadsad.
DepEd Teaches was launched during the mid-year In-service Training Week last year that aimed to assist teachers in the time of 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 Sec. Leonor Briones said the online program is a “contribution of the curriculum and instruction strand to support the efforts of the DepEd in communicating with 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.”
“The other thing that we feel would 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 and confusions and even the difficult activities or problems that have been assigned to be undertaken and solved by learners will be addressed effectively,” said DepEd Usec. Diosdado San Andres during the virtual launching of the online program December last year.
DepEd Teaches feature best practices from regional directors, schools division superintendents, school principals and teachers starting January.
The program will also invite educational experts to render talks on current issues and trends in basic education.
DepEd Teaches are available in DepEd Philippines Facebook page. – Jesua Rosario and Manuel A. Roxas