Twelve faculty members from the Professional Education division, Natural Sciences and Mathematics division, and Department of Computer Science completed the six-day Master Trainers Training together with four faculty members from Cebu Normal University’s College of Education. Using word processing, electronic spreadsheet, and multimedia software, the participants created a variety of materials and tools meant to enhance their productivity and support student centered teaching practices. They also engaged in action planning and practice teaching to describe how they intend to apply the new technology skills and approaches in their own classrooms.
Participants practiced how to be a “critical friend” to one another as they shared reflections and showcased their products. They discussed practices and role-played scenarios on effective facilitation strategies. By experiencing thematic instruction, relevance, active exploration, choice and autonomy, cycle of creation, authentic feedback, and teacher as facilitator, they were able to reflect on the benefits of creating and fostering in their own classrooms a learning environment that has these key elements.