DepEd Balanga City

TEACHERS’ ENGAGEMENT IN THE NEW NORMAL APPROACH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE LEARNING MATERIALS IN RESPONSE TO PANDEMIC CRISIS

Arlene Isip

At present Philippine education has been facing a new normal stage of education due to the dire impacts of COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Multitudes of learners have been advised to stay at home and avoid temporary the physical presence to schools to prevent exposure to contagion. However, even most learners stay at home, a number of teachers also have to function continuously in terms of the provision of academic services to the learners. The none attendance of learners in school due to pandemic doesn’t mean that it would lead to the reduction in the teachers’ duties and responsibilities as facilitators of knowledge and instruction. In fact, may teachers claim that their roles are even more augmented or increased due to the different and numerous alternative learning interventions that they need to pursue in order to sustain children’s education even without going to school physically.


The advent of conducting on-line and blended learning systems and interventions also leads to the heightened demands for the development of more alternative learning materials that can be utilized by the teachers in providing distance learning sessions instructions and services to the learners. The materials include modules, activity books, strategic intervention materials story books, language books, worksheets and other learning tools. These alternative learning materials can be converted and transformed into blended learning materials, computer-aided tools or on-line learning aids with the help of technology. Thus, teachers may distribute these materials via on-line medium to the learners even without going to school physically. In this critical period of education, the use of textbook and other printed materials may be temporarily less prioritized due to higher demands in on-line learning tools that can be made accessible to the learners even when they stay at home during community quarantine period. Therefore, teachers’ duties and contributions to the alternative learning systems, tools and aids are even more demanding and recognition is more doable in this time of crisis.

Arlene Isip
Arlene Isip

Master Teacher I, Balanga Elementary School

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