Training Conducted for Mathematics Teachers of PMA

A three-day seminar-workshop was conducted on 6 to 8 March 2012 by UP NISMED for the mathematics teachers of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City. The seminar-workshop was one of the activities contained in the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy and the President of the University of the Philippines.

A total of 23 participants attended the seminar-workshop which was facilitated by three NISMED Staff of the Mathematics Group; Ms. Lydia M. Landrito, Mr. Guillermo P. Bautista Jr., and Mr. Allan M. Canonigo. The said event incorporated different approaches such as lecture-discussion, mathematics trail, sample teachings, and workshops which equipped the participants with knowledge and skills to teach mathematics through problem solving.

During the workshops, the participants were actively engaged and experienced mathematics in the making and gained insights on how assessment of learning should be done in line with the goal of developing higher order thinking skills (HOTS) among students. Through the Mathematics Trail, the participants solved problems with the environment as the context. The sample-teaching sessions showed them how a problem was used as context for developing conceptual understanding of the different topics such as functions, conics, derivative of a function, and related rates.

The teaching of the different topics modeled teaching of mathematics through problem solving which further familiarized the participants with its features - problem solving as a strategy to develop and assess HOTS. They were also introduced to the integration of technology, specifically GeoGebra and digital movie clips, as an aid for teaching and learning mathematics. This was followed by a workshop where the participants collaboratively designed the lessons which they implemented during the demonstration teaching.

The seminar-workshop culminated with a closing ceremony during which Major General Alfredo Peralta, Superintendent of the PMA, gave a short message. In his message, he encouraged all the participants to apply what they have learned from the seminar-workshop in their classes.