Education happens everywhere. It is not confined in the four walls of the classroom. This was proven in the recently implemented distance learning delivery modality during the School Year 2020 – 2021. This was made possible through the collaborative effort, dedication and perseverance of the school personnel, the parents, LGU, and concerned stakeholders. Various monitoring and evaluation activities were conducted to assess the learners’ acquired knowledge, skills, achievements and the level of proficiency attained.
The parents’ participation, contribution and support in the programs, projects and activities which are conceived to be beneficial for their children made it easier for Niyugan Elementary School teachers and personnel to achieve its desired goals and objectives in bringing education and learning remotely.
Teachers consistently monitored the learners’ activities at home through different methods appropriate to the learners’ available resources such as through phone call, text messages, group chat, google classroom, virtual meetings, and other social media platforms. Through these monitoring and assessment activities, the teachers were able to perceive how well the learners are performing and accomplishing their school tasks and activities while at home. Feedbacks are then provided to enhance the learners’ study habits and skills, as well as performance.
In spite of all these undertakings, there still has that longing and desire for the learners to feel that they are studying and attending classes in actual classrooms in school and not in their bedroom, kitchen, receiving area or even at the verandas. They even stated during interviews that they missed their classrooms in school.
So as to make the children feel the atmosphere of being in the classroom while accomplishing the assigned tasks, answering the modules, undertaking physical activities and performances, the Supreme Pupil Government in coordination with the School Child Protection Committee and General Parent – Teachers Association of Niyugan Elementary School, launched the Project entitled “Silid-Aralan Sa Tahanan (Class Home)”: A Learning Space at Home for Every Learner.
Just as the teachers try their very best to make their classrooms conducive to learning during the time we hold face-to-face classes, and so do now, as the children study at their own home. This endeavor stimulates the children’s perception that they are not far away from school, thus, greatly helped them in coping up with the new set up in education.
The project intends to enable the learners to perceive that they are almost in the classroom by putting and setting up a study table or study corner draped with the usual or similar things found in the classrooms. The set-up is based on the diverse needs and capabilities of the learners, as well as the available resources the parents could provide.
Some prepared simple, yet meaningful study table, as one learners described it like this: “Ito ang aking study table. May libro at sa gilid naman ay ang aming family picture upang ganahan ako sa pag-aaral dahil sila ang inspirasyon ko at gumagabay sa akin upang matupad ang aking mga pangarap. Simple, pero ito ay mahalaga sa akin dahil dito ko sinisimulang tuparin ang aking mga pangarap” (This is my study table. There are books and on the side is our family picture, so that I would be inspired in my studies. They are my inspiration and they guide me in reaching my dreams. Simple [the study table], yet important for me because this is where I start building and achieving my ambitions) – Prince Paul P. Acon, Grade Six-Bonifacio learner.
Other parents were enthusiastic that they even prepared a whole room in their house to provide the ambiance of an actual classroom with learning materials and devices, charts and real objects, art materials and even educational toys which resembles an actual classroom. Classroom, or better called, ‘class-home’ rules and reminders were even posted.
The school even lent story-books, big books and other supplementary reading materials to the learners through the School ‘Book Pantry’ which the parents borrow and return every Self-Learning Modules and Learning Activity Sheets’ retrieval and distribution days.
Because of the positive impact of the provision of learning space for the learners at home, an alumna even pledged to give surprised gifts to select parents and learners for the said activity. Another school benefactor sent boxes of supplementary reading materials and books to the school in support of the program. The SPG, SCPC and GPTA officers and members are conducting a book-drive and other materials to sustain the program.
The school is indebted to all the parents, student leaders and benevolent stakeholders who participated and supported the implementation of this commendable project. Simple and modest as it may seem, but the significant consequences cannot be undermined. All these have proven that education can and will continue no matter what situation we are in. Nothing is big enough to handle if teams of magnanimous individuals worked hand in hand towards the attainment of a common and noble goal.
“Things may never go back to normal. You may need to create new normal and that’s okay. – johilder.com ###