𝙱𝚢 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚊 𝙲𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚊 𝙼. 𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚊𝚢
𝚂𝚂𝚃 𝙸𝙸𝙸, 𝙻𝚒𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚍 𝙽𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝙷𝚒𝚐𝚑 𝚂𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚕, 𝙱𝚞𝚝𝚞𝚊𝚗 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝙳𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱-𝟭𝟵 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗯𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘂𝗻𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹, 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹, 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗹𝗲𝘀, 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱.

As a teacher who has experienced firsthand the challenges of such a global crisis, I have been resisting the idea of conducting face-to-face classes for months. Lately, with the infection rates slowing down and Covid vaccinations taking place, I already have a change of heart. I am now willing to help make change happen.

After being deprived of the usual human interactions for a long time, I believe that bringing normalcy back to the education sector, especially for the young people, is a must.

Although I must admit that I have mixed feelings about it, the happy anticipation of seeing the students bring the school back to life far outweighs the anxiety about what could go wrong.

The education system is slowly getting back on its feet again as we have taken significant steps along the Covid tunnel towards the new era for the Department of Education.

Easing into the string of preparations allowed me to share my thoughts with my fellow faculty members, and I found out that our convictions do not differ much. We fully support our learners going back to in-person classes for the following reasons:

𝟭. 𝗜𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻

The new learning model via modular means called for additional support and mentoring that parents were not prepared nor trained for, except for a few. The quality of education, as generally believed, is better left to professional teachers. By giving the reins back to the teachers, parents can now focus on the other needs of their children.

𝟮. 𝗜𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀

Nothing can replace the benefit of in-person learning in an environment where they can communicate directly, freely ask questions to each other, listen to peer opinions, reflect on a topic, and easily collaborate to accomplish any given task.

Human connection helps build self-esteem, empathy, and trust. It can also lower anxiety and depression and helps regulate emotions leading to a healthy immune system. Our students can now benefit from all these by getting involved in face-to-face classes.

𝟯. 𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗲-𝘁𝗼-𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻

When the teacher sets the tone in the learning environment and applies effective learning techniques, students will be motivated to learn – precisely because learning is a guided experience, especially for the younger levels.

𝟰. 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱

Teachers can manage the class better within a structured framework of transferring knowledge. This structure allows for easy monitoring to help students stay on track, which is more attainable in a controlled environment of the face-to-face class.

𝟱. 𝗜𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸

Reports, observations, feedback, and even simple queries done online may not be attended to as quickly as desired and put on hold either in favor of other priorities or due to technical interruptions. In face-to-face interactions, the response is quicker.

Those two long years of uncertainty may have been arduous, especially for the students, but now we are sure of one thing: “back to school” has never felt so good. We are now staring at the real possibility of regaining what we have lost and missed.