Four training groups of trainers (ToTs) for Grade 1 and Grade 7 science and mathematics teachers of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were conducted in November 2013. The trainings were dubbed as “Support for the Management of an Improved Learning Environment (SMILE)” and served as a supplemental training on science and mathematics for elementary and high school trainers. The training of Grade 1 Mathematics, Grade 7 and Grade 1 Science were simultaneously conducted on 18-22 November 2013. The first two were held at NISMED while the third one at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. Grade 7 Mathematics training was also held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City on 25-29 November 2013. These teacher trainings were funded by the Autralian Aid (AusAid) through the Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (BEAM), DepEd ARMM, and CardNo.
participants actively participate in their |
hands-on earth science activities
The objectives of the trainings conducted were to: 1) explain the rationale, philosophy, and features of science and mathematics in the K to 12 curriculum; 2) show spiralling within a science/mathematics concepts and interconnections across concepts; 3) apply inquiry-based teaching in science and the problem-solving approach in mathematics in Grades 1 and 7; and 4) demonstrate how content and inquiry/problem-solving skills are interwoven in the teaching of specific science/mathematics concepts using the training modules written for Grades 1 and 7.
During the plenary sessions, participants had the opportunity to become familiar and conversant with the rationale, philosophy, standards, and learning competencies in the science and mathematics curriculum for Grades 1 and 7 of the new K to 12 curriculum. The high school science participants expressed their realization that to explain a science concept, it had to be related and scaffolded with concepts learned in chemistry, physics, and biology. Moreover, the elementary trainers were also oriented on the new TIMSS cognitive domains and the advantages of developing the appropriate science process among their pupils.
In the workshops, all trainer-participants were able to experience hands-on science and mathematics activities playing the role of a Grade 1 or Grade 7 pupil/student. Mathematics trainers also had the opportunity to develop a lesson collaboratively incorporating the strategy of teaching through problem solving, strengthening the spirit of “teamwork.” The participants were also enabled to have an opportunity to discuss the development of concepts in learners as well as misconceptions that may arise.
The workshop on assessment among the elementary science gained a positive response among the participants as they were given the chance to present and constructively critique each other’s work to improve the items and to eliminate the development of misconceptions. The high school science participants experienced how to implement hands-on, minds-on activities so that students are actively engage and are capable of drawing out the concepts. These activities involved various strategies which are appropriate to the development of the specific concepts included in Grade 7 learning competencies.
participants from Maguindanao II Division pose |
with the officials from DepEd-ARMM, training staff from NISMED,
and Dr. William Welms of BEAM-ARMMM after the closing program.
The participants are expected to conduct roll-out training sessions among all Grades 1 and Grade 7 science and mathematics teachers all over the ARMM region starting January 2014.