Friday, August 1, 2014

An umbrella program of NISMED, the Collaborative Lesson Research and Development (CLRD) Project, engaged in five major activities in the first quarter. These are reported below: 

In Balara High School

Using lesson study as the approach, a research lesson was developed collaboratively among four Biology teachers of Balara High School and the Biology Workgroup of UP NISMED. The research lesson identified was “How do intestines work?” The first cycle of planning and implementation was conducted from January to March 2014.
A student cuts different colors of yarn to represent various
parts of the small and large intestine.
During the planning phase, the team discussed and agreed on the content of the lesson. Decisions on who would be the first and second teacherimplementers of the lesson were also made. During the implementation of the lesson, students used different colors of yarn to represent the various parts of the intestines. They were also asked to describe the functions of each of these parts. As this was the last activity on the digestive system, the students were asked to trace the path of food from the mouth to the intestines.

This collaboration aims to promote teaching science through inquiry, practice collaborative lesson development, strengthen teaching practices, and improve students’ learning as a result of the well-prepared lessons.

In San Jose del Monte National High School

Early this year, Ms. Monalisa T. Sasing of the Information Science Workgroup and Mr. Michael B. Mantala of the High School Biology Workgroup, completed one lesson study activity with selected science teachers of San Jose del Monte National High School in Bulacan. The collaborative lesson planning which started in January aimed to develop a technology-enhanced lesson that will capture students’ interest to learn science. In addition to face-toface meetings, some planning sessions were carried out via email and SMS exchanges.
Ms. Peña clarifying to the student the instructions regarding the activity.
The research lesson focused on using technology to simulate the processes that different organs in the digestive system carry out to digest food and absorb nutrients. The lesson was implemented on March 3 & 4 by Ms. Marivic S. Rosales and Ms. Maricel Peña using an interactive Biology courseware. The Science Department Head of the school, Ms. Merlita Bautista, was one of the observers.

In Assumption University

On 15 March 2014, Dr. Amelia E. Punzalan and Ms. Arlene P. de la Cruz of the High School Chemistry Workgroup gave a one-day workshop on Lesson Study in Assumption University in San Fernando, Pampanga on invitation of Ms. Lani Junio, a student of Dr. Punzalan in the UP Open University.

There were eight (8) elementary school teachers who participated from Assumption University coming from the English, Mathematics, Filipino, and MAPEH College Department. The director of the Research Department also attended.

Long-term and short-term goals of the lesson study group were set during a brainstorming session in the morning. In the afternoon, there was a workshop on lesson planning and a teacher was selected to implement the lesson plan. Critiquing followed after the Science teacher demonstrated the lesson on density for Grade 6 pupils.

In the DepEd Division of Iloilo, District of Oton

The elementary school science and mathematics teachers, facilitators and district supervisor
pose for a group photo.
A three-day seminar-workshop on lesson study was held on 23-25 January 2014 at the Oton Central Elementary School for 69 science and mathematics teacher participants from the 16 elementary schools of the DepEd Division of Iloilo, District of Oton. This was organized by the district supervisor, school principals, and the Federation of Parents and Teachers Associations of the district, in cooperation with the local government unit. Professors Jonny Pornel (UP Visayas), Naci John Trance (Western Visayas College of Science and Technology), Roger Marapo (University of St. La Salle), and NISMED Science Education Specialists Dr. Amelia Punzalan and Ms. Arlene de la Cruz facilitated the seminar-workshop. The science and mathematics elementary school teachers were able to submit 10 revised drafts of K to 12 lesson plans in elementary school science and mathematics (one each for Grades 1-6 mathematics and Grades 3-6 science). These went through a series of revisions after two successive peer teaching implementations, post-lesson discussions, reflections, and revisions.

In Rizal High School

The Earth Science Workgroup is continuing its Lesson Study collaboration with Rizal High School – an activity that has been going on for about four years now.

One of the difficulties in learning a science concept is the student’s lack of prerequisite knowledge. During the group’s previous Lesson Study cycle (SY 2012-2013), it was discovered that students find it difficult to understand how seasons change because students have no in-depth understanding of the seasons themselves. Many students simply memorize the sequence in which the various seasons occur. The group then realized that in order to understand how seasons change, first, a good understanding of the seasons themselves is needed. The group decided to focus its forthcoming Lesson Study efforts on the topic “Description and Patterns of Seasons.”

Earth Science Workgroup continues its Lesson Study
collaboration with Rizal High School.
From January to March 2014 (SY 2013-2014), the group aimed for a lesson implementation before the school year ended. It was unfortunate, however, that just a few days after the group’s plans had been finalized, the school implemented a new policy requiring all teachers not to leave their students unattended. As a result, only four of the eight teachers would have been available to observe, and it was already too late to make any further adjustments. In a Lesson Study, it is best if all members are able to attend the research lesson implementation. Hence, the group decided to postpone the implementation and agreed to resume efforts in the second quarter of next academic year (SY 2014-2015).