Gaining more ground: Lesson Study in Mindanao

Preservice students and faculty of Xavier University School of Education,
DepEd elementary school teachers and NISMED staff pose for a group photo

Two NISMED staff successfully facilitated a 3-day Seminar-Workshop on Lesson Study last 27-29 June 2013 held at Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City. The seminar-workshop was participated in by 16 participants from the Xavier University School of Education faculty and eight (8) preservice students, and three DepEd Grades 4, 5 and 6 elementary teachers from Macasandig Elementary School and Calaanan Elementary School and two high school science and mathematics teachers from Pedro “Oloy” N. Roa Sr. National High School. The seminar-workshop was hosted and organized by Dr. Charity Rose B. Absin, Dr. Lorie Anne R. Moreno and Ms. Michele T. Suazo whose ongoing research entitled “Developing Inquiry-based Teaching Skills through Lesson Study” has been awarded a grant by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) under the Strengthening the Capacity of Future Pillars of Science and Mathematics Project.

The five DepEd teachers acted as the knowledgeable others during the one-cycle planning, implementation, reflection-revision of four research lessons. The Presentation and Critiquing during the demo-teaching part was the most challenging and helpful among the preservice teachers – according to the participants. A general positive response about lesson study as a collaborative teaching practice anchored on students' thinking and learning and an avenue to engage in research was expressed.

The teachers wished that another seminar-workshop on lesson study be also facilitated for more DepEd teachers in the Cagayan de Oro area.