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5 Tips to Get You Ready for Face-to-Face Classes
It’s a new semester, students! This 2022, more colleges, universities, and specialized schools are conducting limited face-to-face classes now that the restrictions have been eased to Alert Level 1 in most cities in Metro Manila and other key cities in the provinces.
With more schools holding face-to-face classes, there’s now an opportunity for you to reunite with or finally meet your classmates, professors, org mates, pati na rin ang mga ate at kuya from students’ favorite food spots and coffee places.
While students are both excited and anxious over the new semester and the possibility of face-to-face classes, do take note that schools in different regions have varying guidelines depending on the Alert Level of their area.
Yours can be one of the schools resuming on-campus classes. Whether you’re excited to see your classmates in the flesh or anxious about the beginning of classes, here are some tips to help you face the semester. Are you ready to go back to school (physically)?
Follow the school’s protocols
Schools, as public spaces, follow IATF COVID-19 guidelines. Apart from enforcing social distancing, temperature checks, and keeping your face mask on at all times, they also have their initiatives such as handwashing stations, ensuring proper ventilation, and setting up physical barriers, markers and signages, thermal scanners, and air purifiers. All these para mapanatiling ligtas ang mga estudyante at staff!
And when you’re not feeling well, it’s best to stay at home instead. Once you’re well, make sure to frequently check your school’s social media pages for the latest updates and protocols for face-to-face classes.
Hygiene kits are a must
Apart from following the school’s guidelines, we also have to do our part in keeping the campus COVID-free. For one, dapat may nakahanda kang hygiene kit. Your kit should contain alcohol, wipes, soap, and an extra face mask. Having these will help mitigate the spread of the virus on-campus and at home.
Bringing a sanitizing kit alone is not the way to go– using the items is! Siguraduhing palaging nag-di-disinfect ng iyong uupuan, your lunch table, the items you frequently use, and even your classmate’s or friends hands (if they ask, of course). Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
As soon as you get home, disinfect your phone, ID, bag, eyeglasses (if you have one), money, shoes, and clothes. Have your home wear ready and shower immediately after arriving home. Sa ganitong paraan, your family will be safe from possible exposure to the virus.
Hand waving will do
It’s been a while since you saw your friends, and hugging them is definitely tempting. But, for everyone’s safety, waving at each other will have to do in the meantime. Not only does it minimize possible contact with the virus, but hand waving also encourages everyone to still be friendly while remaining socially-distanced
Alternatives to hand waving can be bowing or air hugs, too!
Bring your own… everything
Another way to minimize the potential spread of the virus is to bring your own, well, everything: water bottle, utensils, calculators, pens, toiletries, and paper.
We’re sure that schools and establishments have been regularly disinfecting the facilities, so let’s do our part by disinfecting them too after use for the next person. This includes the utensils and cups you’re going to use whenever you eat at the cafeteria or outside.
It’s no secret that part of school life is asking for a sheet of paper whenever the professor suddenly requires one. But, for now, it’s best to buy your own. Tigil muna saglit sa paghingi ng yellowpad paper sa katabi.
It’s okay to still do online
If you’re worried about the commute, the crowds, and other circumstances that can affect your face-to-face class experience, it’s okay to still do online classes. To add, some schools offer a hybrid classroom setup where professors teach both in-person and remote students. Maaaring mag-accommodate ng in-person students ang classes depending on the school location’s alert level status and at the same time, other students can continue doing distance learning. On your end, make sure to be engaged in your classes, nasa classroom ka man o nasa bahay.
Check out the latest list of schools that allow limited face-to-face classes in the Philippines. You can also ask your schools whether they support a hybrid learning setup. This way, you have the option of going to school or continuing your learning at home.
Whether you’re attending on-campus classes or distance learning, there are ways your university administrator can help out, especially with distance learning. What matters is you get the best out of the incoming year, whether it be at home or on your campus.
Written by: Camille Legaspi, Bukas Blog, March 2022
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Community Engagement is necessary to ensure that members of the community participate and contribute meaningfully to activities that can benefit those involved.
This Academic Year 2020-2021, Riverside College, Inc. continues to strengthen its partnership with Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) through the implementation of Community Engagement Programs.
A Memorandum of Agreement between the two schools was signed last October 27, 2020 by Mr. Samuel Z. Lee of RCI and Mr. Mario S. Amaca of NOHS.
RCI will conduct monthly activities with NOHS through the competence and specialization of the faculty and students from the different colleges and departments. For the month of November, the College of Physical Therapy and College of Nursing will share video clip materials they have prepared on Proper Ergonomic Exercises and Handwashing Techniques respectively.
NOHS confirmed their support on the participation of their faculty and students to the activities that may be extended to them by RCI. Gracing the event during the MOA signing were representatives from NOHS, Ms. Vivien Dator (Admin Officer), Ms. Milagros Abanales (Asst. Principal for Junior HS), and Ms. Donna Bella Aposaga (Asst. Principal for Senior HS); and, from RCI, Dr. Michelle Saplada (VPAA), Dr. Ervie Gallespen (Director for Research and Extension), Ms. Beatrice Angela Erbite (Planning Officer) and Ms. Sarah Monica Esguerra (CEM Faculty).
The Community Extension Office (CEO) extends its heartfelt appreciation to those who participated in the Bondpaper Drive during the month of August. Riverside College employees responded to the call and gathered their resources to ensure that learning continue for the students of RCI’s partner community school.
Ten reams of bond paper were collected and these were all handed over by Mr. Warter Jong of the CEO to GK Smile in Murcia last September 17. The bond papers for the printing of Learning Modules were received by Ms. Lucia E. Resquitos of GK Smile Village and Ms. Helen S. Mendoza of GK Smile Elementary School.
As the world celebrates Teachers’ Day on October 5, we recognize the efforts made by these modern heroes of online teaching and remote learning. These teachers were tasked to make an emergency shift to virtual instruction. These teachers have not been prepared for the challenges of COVID-19.
After almost two months of thriving in the digital environment, some RCI teachers share their experiences on how they have confidently managed to survive the challenges they have encountered.
“Online classes need extra effort and patience. You need to motivate yourself everyday to love your students. You need to understand their differences, why they behave the way they do during online classes. Each day is a unique experience.” – C. Causing
“My challenges include poor internet connection, but for me, it is the lack of human connection which concerns me most. I give my students consideration and I emphasize to them that they are not alone in this battle- in fact, they have me as their teacher and Riverside College to back them up. All together, we can launch an attack. When there is power interruption and poor internet connectivity, I initiate retreat and I request for back up, just like playing Mobile Legends. For me, communication and honesty are the most important elements in my virtual relationship with my students.” – L. Ayson
“I am not a “techy” person but because of the help extended by my colleagues, I have learned to adapt and I enjoy having online classes. When my students have a difficulty in connectivity when we are having quizzes, I appreciate that they text to inform me of their problem. I have to increase my patience and empathy.” – V. Manzan
These teachers are finding ways to reach out to their students. They make sure that no one is left behind. They continue to innovate to keep the students engaged. They manage their own children’s online classes while meeting their own students’ expectations.
Regardless of their years in the teaching profession, today’s teachers are equally new in virtual instruction. We appreciate them not because of the number of hours they spend “on screen” but because they do so much to ensure that students are equipped with values applicable even “off screen.”
HAPPY WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY!!!
Riverside College opened its Online Classes last August 17. Online Learning can be synchronous or asynchronous.
In synchronous, teaching and learning take place in real-time. In asynchronous, modules are given and tasks are expected for students to accomplish at their own pace. The method is actually new for most teachers. There were challenges encountered during the first two weeks but there were also a lot of worthwhile experiences.
Mr. Ariel Patria, the new Principal for Senior High School shares what transpired since the opening of AY 2020-2021. “Our first two weeks focused on navigation and building up the relationships among our Senior High School students and teachers. We had the General Student Orientation, the Virtual Classroom Orientation, and the Subject Orientation. Teachers are generally adjusting to the new modality but everybody is coping well because of the support that we have for each other. Teachers make themselves available even on extended hours.”
Some of the teachers in Riverside College also shared their “First Day High” experiences with Online Teaching.
“In general, it was okay. Students had difficulty in their connectivity and my greatest concern is the inability of the students to navigate MS Teams. Most of them are using mobile gadgets so they find it difficult to submit assignments online. I send links to my students in order for them to have access to their tasks.” – P. Solatorio (The Contemporary World)
“I find it a little challenging. I do not have much of a problem with the technical issues. My concern is how I am able to organize and fulfill my tasks for the week.” – N.Dusaran (Purposive Communication)
“It created an opportunity for me to innovate and be creative but at the same time there was a bit of uncertainty with regards to the success of my delivery.” – R. Buena (Religious Education and Ethics)
“The experience is different but it is generally okay except for the slow internet connection of some students. I am overwhelmed with the almost perfect attendance of my students who were all very interactive. I find it fulfilling to be able to do my tasks in educating my students in the midst of adjustments and time management.” – A. Libo-on (Purposive Communication)
“Conducting my online classes was really exciting because I managed to navigate Microsoft Teams with flying colors. It really marked my 36th year of teaching!” – M. Garin (Computer-Aided Language Learning)
“It was amazing! I was able to explain the concepts clearly and I was able to make my students understand the lesson. Students were very interactive and they were all able to adapt easily.”-J.Pagunsan (Mathematics in the Modern World)
The challenge of this sudden shift to technology-enabled forms of teaching is real. The only way to survive this global reality is to embrace it rather than resist it.
Congratulations to all our teachers at Riverside College! You have taken the risk and you have thrived to survive the first two weeks of classes.
Online Teaching is not better nor worse than Face to Face instruction. Online Teaching is just simply different. It presents significant challenges to both the teacher and the students.
The RCI Faculty are geared up to embrace the complexities involved in this Online Teaching, a great shift in the delivery of instruction. The Faculty has been keeping themselves busy with the revision of their syllabi and the creation of their Modules for the Integrative Kit for Learning. Online Teaching however is not just about the equipment and materials needed nor the supporting references to meet the Intended Learning Outcomes. Online Teaching requires strategies on how to enable students to have a deep engagement with their course materials and applications. It also requires how students can substantially and effectively interact with their teacher and their classmates.
It is for this reason that the RCI Faculty is empowered through a Training entitled “Boosting Student Engagement in the Classroom,” with Mr. Angel Lozari of Lozari ConsulThink scheduled for two batches, August 4-7 and August 11-14. The program has the following objectives: 1. Getting Ready for the Inevitability; 2. The science behind learning processes; 3. Tools and Techniques to make learning more engaging; and, 4. Putting it all together and assessing success.
The entire Training is conducted in Microsoft TEAMS, the same platform that RCI will use for its online instruction this Academic Year 2020-2021.
It is important that as teachers prepare to embrace the shift, they themselves should experience their students’ digital learning space so that the teachers will be more equipped to better understand and meet their student’s behavior and learning needs.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
It is the time of the year when students reach one of their goals in life, all the sacrifices that they made were all worth it. Graduation is an exciting time. It marks both an ending and a beginning; it’s warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future. Let us all welcome the Master’s Degree Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship Batch 2019-2020.
Graduates of the 4-year Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship program can pursue careers as self-employed professionals and may bring an entrepreneurial mindset and assume managerial positions in the field of Sales, Business Development, and other related positions in private or public organizations. We’re so happy that you’ve achieved this great milestone – Wishing you great success with your dreams and career! Congratulations to our leaders and professionals in Entrepreneurship! We celebrate our graduates and acknowledge their sacrifices to reach this milestone.