Grade 4 science and mathematics National Training of Trainers (NTOT) conducted at NISMED

UP NISMED, in cooperation with the Bureau of Elementary Education of the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted the National Training of Trainers (NTOT) for Grade 4 Science and Mathematics. The training for 502 trainers was held at the Dolores F. Hernandez Hall, Science Teacher Training Center, UP NISMED.

Ms. Edna G. Callanta, one of the chief trainers, discussing a lesson in mathematics

The trainers were divided into two batches. The first batch of trainers was from Luzon and had their training on 7 – 12 April 2015. The second batch, consisting of trainers from Visayas and Mindanao, had their training on 19 – 24 April 2015. The training was intended to: (1) provide participants with a concrete understanding of the grade 4 curriculum, the learning standards and competencies, assessment, and teaching approaches; (2) provide the participants opportunities to acquire and demonstrate the cognitive and affective competencies they need in the effective implementation of the Grade 4 curriculum for Science and Mathematics; and, (3) ensure that the participants are properly equipped with capabilities to perform various tasks in the effective delivery of the curriculum and their role as facilitators of learning.

DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, welcomed the participants in a video message during the opening program. He encouraged the participants not to lose heart in the face of criticisms of the K to 12 Program, reminding them that they are now so near the “finish line.” Dr. Marilyn D. Dimaano, Director of the BEE oriented the participants about the details of the training with the support of the UP NISMED staff. The opening program was capped with a video of Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Dr. Dina S. Ocampo who gave updates on the K to 12 basic education program.

There were plenary and breakout sessions for both Science and Mathematics during the six – day workshop. Sessions consisted of discussions on the K to 12 curriculum framework for Science and Mathematics; a walk-through of learning modules and teacher’s guides; an introductory lecture on teaching Science through inquiry and teaching Mathematics through problem solving; lectures on assessment using the TIMSS framework; workshops on developing assessment items; and, critiquing/presentation of test items developed by the participants. Another plenary session on classroom assessment and rating system was held before the closing program in line with the DepEd Order No. 8 s. 2015 on “Policy Guidelines on Classroom Assessment for the K to 12 Basic Education Program.”