NISMED conducts National Training of Trainers for Grade 10 Science Trainers

Capping four years of science training in the new K to 12 curriculum, 429 science trainers participated in the National Training of Trainers (NTOT) for Grade 10 teachers held at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED)...

Grade 4 science and mathematics National Training of Trainers (NTOT) conducted at NISMED

UP NISMED, in cooperation with the Bureau of Elementary Education of the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted the National Training of Trainers (NTOT) for Grade 4 Science and Mathematics.

NISMED teacher training caravan goes to Lucena City and Nueva Vizcaya

As part of NISMED’s activities for its Golden Anniversary Celebration, the NISMED teacher training caravan went to two places during the month of February 2015.

First public lecture for 2015 held

As a continuing activity for NISMED’s Golden Anniversary celebration of NISMED, the first public lecture for the year 2015 was held on the 14th of May at the Dolores F. Hernandez Hall, UP NISMED.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dean Marie Therese Angeline P. Bustos of the
College of Education (far left) and Director Soledad
A. Ulep of NISMED (2nd from left) look on as
Dr. Risa L. Reyes receives the Gawad Tsanselor sa
Natatanging REPS award from Chancellor Michael
L. Tan.
Dr. Risa L. Reyes, former UP NISMED deputy director for research and extension, received the Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS) for her significant efforts to push forward Lesson Study, a school-based teacher professional development model. The awarding ceremony was held at the Institute of Biology Auditorium on 20 May 2016.

Doc Ris, as her UP NISMED colleagues fondly call her, wrote the lion’s share of “How to Conduct Lesson Study in your School: A Tool Kit.” This UP NISMED publication was distributed in the 2014 International Conference in Science and Mathematics Education (ICSME) and is now being used as a reference material by teachers and graduate students as they conduct lesson study in their own schools or universities. Dr. Reyes also very ably coordinated the training of trainers of the K to 12 Grades 1, 2, 7, and 8 science and mathematics teachers under the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) Project of the Department of Education funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

The award caps her 35 years of government service as she retires in June 2016.

Congratulations, Doc Ris!
KaSaMa Teachers online community, an extension program initiated by UP NISMED, won the first UP Diliman Parangal para sa programang pang-ekstensiyon in the non-degree granting unit category held on 17 May 2016 at the Malcolm Hall, UP College of Law.

In awarding the online community, the Search Committee headed by Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, recognized UP NISMED’s excellent use of technology in bringing to teachers in and out of the country much needed help and effective strategies in teaching science and mathematics.
The KaSaMa Team (Ms. Celia R. Balbin (2nd from left), Mr.
Michael Anthony B. Mantala, Mr. John Alex M. Reyroso, and
Ms. Ma. Dulcelina O. Sebastian (2nd from right) is joined by
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, UP NISMED Director (3rd from right),
Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, Vice-Chancellor for Research and
Development (extreme left), and Chancellor Michael L. Tan,
(extreme right).
For over four years now, the online community has been carrying out its mission of leveraging technology and relationships to help teachers implement curriculum reform. It has become now, in effect, the logical go-to site not only for teachers who look for K to 12 resources but also for teachers who want to share their K to 12 resources; not only for teachers who seek help in implementing the learner materials but also for teachers who wrote the learner materials themselves.

The online community has nurtured through the years professional relationships among its members. This is key in transforming the virtual platform into a veritable forum in which members engage in conversations with one another – conversations which take shape on wide-ranging issues like curriculum reform, on immediate concerns such as how to go about an activity in the learner material, and on just about anything that affects teachers and their teaching of science and mathematics.

Previous to the awarding ceremonies, an extension colloquium featuring presentations of finalists to the Parangal was held on 29 April 2016 at the College of Mass Communication. During the colloquium, Ms. Celia R. Balbin, the program leader, presented to the UP Diliman community, the contributions of the online community to science and mathematics teachers. The other program team members include Mr. John Alex M. Reyroso, Mr. Michael Anthony B. Mantala, Ms. Ma. Dulcelina O. Sebastian, and Dr. Monalisa T. Sasing. Two other programs of the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino headed by Dr. Rommel B. Rodriguez made up the list of finalists for the non-degree granting unit category that presented in the colloquium.
Responding to the needs of Grade 2 mathematics teachers of Region IV-A, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) collaborated with UP NISMED to conduct a training program, titled “Developing Technology-Enhanced Lessons for Improving Grade 2 Pupils’ Mathematics Skills” within May to June and October to November 2016.

Ms. Edna Callanta of UP NISMED models
the implementation of a technology-
enhanced lesson.
The training program, which consists of four batches, is part of the Mobile IT Classroom project of the DOST-SEI which aims to expose the teachers and students to state-of-the-art education technology and promote appreciation of Information and Comunications Technology (ICT) as a tool for teaching and learning science and mathematics in areas where ICT facilities are either scarce or absent. For each batch, 20 teachers were selected to participate in the 3-day training program.

The Elementary School Mathematics Group designed the training program to build the teachers’ capability to integrate an interactive courseware in their mathematics lessons. It was also meant to enhance the teachers’ content knowledge on the concepts covered in the 8 lessons of the interactive courseware for Grade 2 through discussions about these concepts. The interactive courseware for Grades 1 to 6 mathematics was jointly developed by DOST-SEI, DOST-ASTI, and UP NISMED from 2011 to 2014.

Teachers explore the lessons in the
interactive courseware.
The interactive courseware in elementary school mathematics, as well as those for high school science and mathematics, are provided for free to public schools. They are also made available as online resources for teachers and students.

The training for the first two batches had already been conducted. The first batch of teachers, from the Division of Biñan City, Laguna, had their training on 31 May – 2 June 2016. The second batch of teachers, from the Division of Calamba City, Laguna, had their training on 7-9 June 2016. Both training programs were conducted in the Mobile ICT Classroom. The two batches of teachers rated the training program favorably.

The last two batches of teachers will be from the Division of Bacoor City in Cavite and the Division of Batangas City in Batangas. The schedule for these two batches has yet to be finalized.
After analyzing the early grade mathematics and reading performances of Grade 1 pupils from the various divisions of the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) and UP NISMED completed baseline studies on early grade mathematics and reading in June 2016. The study established baseline data on the literacy and numeracy of beginning Grade 1 pupils from the selected divisions that made use of their mother tongue as a medium of instruction. These studies were done to address one of the components of the Learning, Equity and Accountability Program Support (LEAPS) Project that dealt with the improvement of the teaching and learning in early grade mathematics and reading.

For reading, the study reported beginning Grade 1 pupils’ ability to recognize letters of the alphabet, read simple words, understand sentences and paragraphs, as well as their ability to write down simple sentences dictated to them. On the other hand, for early grade mathematics, the study reported beginning Grade 1 pupils’ ability to identify and discriminate numbers, identify number patterns, solve simple number operations and word problems, and complete geometric pattern. DepEd will conduct another round of assessments for beginning Grade 2 pupils for academic year 2016-2017. Results of which will be compared to the baseline data to track if the numeracy and literacy levels of pupils improved.
The UP NISMED radio program broadcast over DZUP 1602 Go Teacher Go! welcomed a team of Filipino teachers from Bahrain on the 19 May 2016 episode titled Inquiry-Driven Interdisciplinary Projects at Philippine School in Bahrain (PSB). The team was led, Ms. Gydabelle B. Naval, the school principal. Ms. Ma. Josephine N. Buaron, Intermediate Department Head, Ms. Ivy Jan O. Simbala, Science and Mathematics Department Head, and Ms. Avigail C. Laraño, Science Teacher, completed the team.
PSB teachers in the DZUP booth

According to Ms. Naval, the Philippine School in Bahrain is implementing the Philippine Educational System and the K to 12 Curriculum. The school also follows requirements of the Ministry of Education Bahrain System. The school population is close to 1,140 students from K to Grade 10. Grade 11 started in the school year 2016 – 2017. The community school caters to the children of overseas Filipino workers who are holders of Philippine passports.

The highlight of the discussion was the inquiry-driven interdisciplinary project which starts with formulating questions with the questions coming from the teacher or from the students. Two or more teachers of the same grade level collaborate with one another in conceptualizing the objectives of the project. This project makes it easier for the students to relate concepts from different subjects and comply with the requirements.