Search for innovative practices in managing large classes conducted

The awarding ceremony for the search for schools with large and extra-large classes which utilized the most innovative way in teaching science and mathematics was held on 31 August 2012 at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino.

Two schools with the best practices were awarded P100,000 to help them further improve their large class teaching practices. They were also given plaque of recognition. The search was conducted to encourage schools to find innovative ways of teaching and learning science and mathematics efficiently in large classes with more than 50 students.

Bacong National High School in Zamboanga del Norte was awarded for their project titled “Bacong Developmental Instruction.” The project employs various teaching-learning activities using sizing interventions designed to test the effectiveness of the facilitative mode of teaching in a large class size. It allows the students to discover and later on master the high school Mathematics II concepts and hence improve student-performance in achievement tests.

Likewise, Looc National High School in Calamba City was cited for its program titled “Flock Program in Managing Large Class Size in Mathematics III.” The program is based on the concept that the structure, management and monitoring of a class could be done by group or flock. It consists of three innovative practices namely 1) Flock Seating Arrangement, 2) Flock Activities and Facilitation, and 3) Flock Monitoring. The combined effects of the practices make the management of large classes easier and more effective in improving achievement.

The two schools bested four other national finalists: Andres Bonifacio Integrated School in Mandaluyong City, Las Piñas East National High School, Navotas National High School and San Isidro National High School in Makati City.

The search was organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) in cooperation with DepEd and NISMED with Dr. Merle C. Tan as a member of the Steering Committee, Dr. Marlene B. Ferido as a member of the Inter-Agency Committee and the Monitoring Committee, and Dr. Soledad A. Ulep as a member of the Monitoring and Evaluation Team. It ran for two school years and in three phases, namely: Proposal Submission and Evaluation; Project Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation; and Presentation of Results in a Forum/National Conference and Awarding of Winners. The proposals were evaluated based on innovativeness (35%), doability and replicability (30%), sustainability and impact (20%) and resource utilization and cost effectiveness (15%).

The awarding ceremony, hosted by Dr. Filma Brawner, Director of DOST-SEI, was attended by the members of the different committees of the search and representatives of other agencies. The guests of honor during the ceremony were DepEd Assistant Secretary Elena R. Ruiz and DOST Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peña.