Lived Experiences of Master Teachers in Monitoring Modular Distance Learning (MDL) Teachers at TMCNHS
Nina P. Espineli
Trece Martires City National High School
San Agustin, Trece Martires City, Cavite, Philippines
School Year 2020 -2021 ushered the beginning of the so-called “Education in the New Normal”. The sudden shift from face-to-face learning to distance learning threatened not only the parents and students but most especially the Department of Education, on what they can do to ensure that though the delivery of learning changes, the quality of the education remains the same. The study is qualitative in nature and was conducted to explain the lived experiences of Master Teachers in Monitoring Modular Distance Learning Teachers. Specifically, this aims in discussing the experiences and challenges encountered by the master teachers in monitoring MDL as part of the “New Normal”. Purposive sampling was used in selecting 5 master teachers that participated in the study. The researcher used FGD (Focal Group Discussion) and semistructured interview to seek the in-depth information that revealed the current situation on how the informants responded newly implemented way of monitoring modular distance learning modality teachers. Thematic data analysis was utilized to analyze and interpret the results of this study. Findings from the study showed themes based on the experience of Master teachers in monitoring MDL teachers. It includes Change: Master teachers’ Insight where they shared that monitoring in the New Normal is a bit difficult; Focus: Master Teachers setting the path towards Modular Distance Learning, and Waves: Challenges encountered by the master teachers in monitoring MDL teachers. Through the result of this study, Trece Martires City National High School or even the Department of Education – Cavite may utilize the results in designing various Professional Development Programs/trainings that would enhance the capability of Master teachers to monitor teachers under the modular distance learning. It can also serve as baseline data in conducting related study in Elementary and Senior High School level.
Keywords: Modular Distance Learning, Master teachers, New Normal