Under the “Systems Approach to Teacher Mentoring and Urban Poor Achievement,” a project being funded by the UP Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), NISMED is implementing Phase 2 of the Science component. The UP NISMED Director Dr. Merle C. Tan recently met with the principals of the two schools to explain the objectives and methodology of the project which was altered for Phase 2. Staff from the Elementary School Science and Earth/Environmental Science Groups have started mentoring Grade 4 and First Year Science teachers in Balara Elementary School and J.P. Laurel High School, respectively, with the ultimate aim of improving student achievement.
The mentoring activity alternates with classroom observation, both of which are being documented by the NISMED staff. Instructional materials needed in the lessons are provided by NISMED prior to implementation and delivery by the teachers. The mentoring session following delivery provides an opportunity for reflection and feedback on the previous observation as well as preparation for the next cycle and topic. NISMED staff review the teachers’ lesson plans, make suggestions on learning activities to address objectives including questions incorporated in the lesson or posed during discussion and processing, and recommend appropriate strategies related to instruction and class management.
Pupils perform an activity in science
The Mathematics, Social Studies, English, and Filipino components, and the teams taking care of community support, management, and guidance, are lead by faculty and staff of the UP Integrated School, College of Social Work and Community Development, and various departments of the College of Education which is spearheading this multidisciplinary project.