Wednesday, November 22, 2017

(Left to right) Dr. Lourdes R. Baetiong, College Secretary of the UP College of Education,
Dr. Josefina Ll. Pabellon, former UP NISMED Deputy Director,
and Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, UP NISMED Director (top photo), cut the ribbon
at the launching of new UP NISMED publications (bottom photo).

The University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED) marked its 52nd year of service to the country. A number of events marked the celebration on 21 November 2016. These include launching of new publications, a public lecture, and a recognition program to honor UP NISMED staff for their loyalty and commitment. Teachers and students from UP NISMED partner schools as well as former UP NISMED staff joined in the celebration.
UP NISMED launched its coffee table book titled NISMED: A Journey of Commitment and Service on 21 November 2016. Former UP NISMED Deputy Director Dr. Josefina Ll. Pabellon graced the occasion and gave a commentary on the coffee table book on behalf of the former Director of the Institute, Prof. Porfirio P. Jesuitas. Written to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the book is a five-chapter narrative that recounts how UP NISMED started as a project under the leadership of Dr. Dolores F. Hernandez, the founding Director of the Institute. It also documents UP NISMED’s contribution to the development of science and mathematics education in the country the past 50 years. To quote Dr. Ester B. Ogena’s foreword from the book, “This book is actually a map of UP NISMED’s journey. The purpose of the map is not to look back and see where it all started, but to be able to see a picture of an institution in focused and consistent action. This is a synergistic product of a team of people, without whom this never would have come about.”

Complimentary copies were distributed to the staff, donors, and partner institutions of UP NISMED.
Along with the coffee table book, UP NISMED launched its Lesson Study Guidebook and four science and mathematics short stories namely, Serenaders of the Countryside, The Adventures of Big-Eyed Tarsi, The Hidden Sun, and The Curious Little Chick.
UP NISMED staff were also honored for their loyalty and commitment to the Institute during the anniversary celebration. Ms. Lolita M. Mondigo and Mr. Renante M. Lunas, both of the Audio Visual Group, together with Ms. Rebecca C. Salayo of the UP NISMED Hostel, topped the loyalty awardees for their 40 years of service to the Institute.

Ms. Lolita M. Mondigo delivers a message on behalf of the UP NISMED loyalty awardees.

The other awardees with their number of years of service were Mr. Vicente V. Ompod (30 years), Ms. Celia R. Balbin (30 years), Mr. Ronaldo P. Liwag ( 30 years), Ms. Cerilina M. Maramag (20 years), Dr. Marlene B. Ferido (20 years), Dr. Aida I. Yap (20 years), and Ms. May R. Chavez (20 years).
Dr. Flerida A. Cariño, Director of the UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry,
 talks on evaluating the wealth of information on food facts available on the internet.

Following the launching of the UP NISMED publications, Dr. Flerida A. Cariño, Director of the UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry and an expert in biosafety and biotechnology, gave a public lecture titled Unfriending the Internet: Food Facts and Fallacies. Dr. Cariño talked about how the internet provides a wealth of information related to food, but the accuracy of the information provided may be tainted by advocacy, politics, religious and cultural biases, or economic gain. She showed some examples of misleading information culled from various websites and provided counterpart information obtained from more reliable internet resources. She also offered some guidance on discerning which internet sources are reliable and how to check the reliability of information gleaned from various websites. After her talk, she accommodated a number of questions from the audience who were very appreciative of her talk.
Participants work on an activity on Interactions.

The Aboitiz Foundation sponsored a three-day Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Selected Topics in Science for Special Science Elementary School Teachers on 13-15 December 2016. The Elementary School Science Group together with the High School Biology and High School Earth and Environmental Science Groups prepared and conducted sessions for 16 teachers from Sto. Tomas South Central School, Tiwi Central School, and Taguig Integrated School. The seminar-workshop aimed to enhance elementary school teachers’ competencies in teaching science through inquiry to develop learners’ higher order thinking skills, process skills, and scientific attitude. The seminar-workshop also gave the teacher-participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the learning competencies in selected strands of the K to 12 Science Curriculum.
In cooperation with the Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED) of the University of Tsukuba (UT) of Japan, UP NISMED conducted a free three-day seminar-workshop on 21, 22, and 28 October 2016 held at the Elementary School Mathematics Laboratory, UP NISMED. The objectives of the seminar-workshop were: (1) to expose participants to the Japanese curriculum, textbooks, d-book, and teaching mathematics through problem solving; (2) to help them develop thinking skills among learners through the use of these textbooks, and; (3) to enable them to use dbook software in developing lessons and activities. There were 32 participants in this seminar-workshop, consisting of 28 elementary school mathematics teachers from both public and private elementary schools, one public high school teacher, two school administrators, and one former UP NISMED staff.

Participants experience using the Japanese textbook
in dbook format to explain their ideas on measurement.

Dr. Masami Isoda, a professor at UT and the current director of CRICED, was the resource person for the first two days. He talked about the Japanese curriculum and also introduced the Japanese textbooks for elementary school mathematics. There was a discussion on the contents of the textbooks from Grades 1-6. The participants were exposed to different tasks that involve problem solving. They were challenged to think and give different solutions to each task presented to them. During the second day, the participants were asked to identify topics in the books which highlight the difference among shapes, figures, and plane figures. Towards the end of Prof. Isoda’s session on the second day, the participants who worked in groups presented their plans in discussing the topic that they selected. As an assignment, the participants were asked to work on a topic that they want to present using the dbook, a software that can be used for creating interactive e-textbooks.

Participants prepare teaching and learning materials in dbook format.

On the third day, the participants worked together on their outputs. These outputs were presented for critiquing and were revised based on the comments and suggestions by their fellow participants and the UP NISMED staff. Mr. Guillermo P. Bautista, Jr. of the High School Mathematics Group conducted a session on how to use the dbook and on its features. The participants were then asked to convert their outputs using the software and to present the draft versions of their outputs.
The Elementary School Mathematics (ESM) Group is revising teaching and learning materials on Ratio and Proportion aligned with the Enhanced K to 12 Elementary School Mathematics Curriculum. Ratio and Proportion, which is under the Numbers and Number Sense strand, is taught in Grades 5 and 6.

A total of six lessons were developed in this package. Of the six lessons, two are on Ratio and four are on Proportion. For Ratio, the lessons are Concept of Ratio and Part-to-Part, Part-to-Whole, and Equivalent Ratios. These lessons were revised versions of those in the sourcebooks developed by the ESM Group, which had been tried out in schools and used in teacher training programs. These revised versions were tried out in Commonwealth Elementary School (CES) in October and November 2016. Prior to the tryout of the said lessons, the ESM Group had a series of meetings with the teachers of CES.

The teacher facilitates a group activity during the tryout of a lesson in Ratio.

In the case of Proportion, the lessons are Concept of Proportion, Direct Proportion, Inverse Proportion, and Partitive Proportion. These lessons were based on the courseware developed by UP NISMED in collaboration with DOST-SEI and DOST-ASTI which had been tried out in schools and used in teacher training programs. However, these were not tried out in CES due to various school activities that resulted in suspension of classes.

Revisions of the lessons were done based on the information gathered during classroom observations or teacher training programs, as well as interviews conducted with the teachers.
Ms. Mary Ellane P. Sedanto of the General Services Section attended the Business Writing Skills Training Workshop on 10 March 2017 at the UP College of Mass Communication. The workshop focused on writing different types of business letters and styles and tips on effective business writing. One of the takeaways of Ms. Sedanto in the workshop was the KISS principle: Keep it Short, Sincere, and Simple
Dr. Marlene B. Ferido, Chair of the High School Chemistry Group, presented a paper at the 18th International Conference of UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), held at Holiday Inn Silom in Bangkok on 26-28 October 2016. As the Curriculum Program Leader of the Assessment Curriculum Technology Research Centre (ACTRC), Dr. Ferido presented a paper on Measuring Student Readiness as a Means of Evaluating Science Curriculum Reform. She discussed ACTRC’s approach as a means of evaluating the K to 12 spiraling Science curriculum and the degree to which it offered the opportunity to students to engage with the intended Chemistry curriculum.
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, Director of UP NISMED, and Dr. Aida I. Yap, Chair of the Elementary School Mathematics Group, participated in the APEC-KKU 2016 International Symposium and the 9th International Conference on Educational Research (ICER) held at Khon Kaen University, Thailand on 12-15 November 2016. The theme of the APEC-KKU 2016 Symposium was Innovation of Mathematics Education through Lesson Study Challenges to Energy Efficiency on STEM and Cross-border Education while that of the 9th ICER was Challenging Education for Future Change.

In the APEC-KKU 2016 Symposium, Dr. Ulep and Dr. Yap, together with Dr. Haji Mohd Johan Bin Zakaria, Director of SEAMEO RECSAM in Malaysia, presented the results of the cross-border education cooperation that they conducted in relation to the APEC Lesson Study Project which started in 2006. The Philippines and Malaysia undertook a cross-border education cooperation involving one mathematics class from each country through videoconferencing. The videoconferencing was held at the UP NISMED auditorium on 29 September 2016. The UP NISMED Audiovisual Group and the UP Diliman Interactive Learning Center provided the technical support.

Students from the UP Integrated School and Penang Free School
 interact with each other through videoconferencing
during the implementation of a lesson.

The teachers of these classes implemented a common lesson in which each of them had a particular role to carry out. The two classes took turns in asking questions and in answering questions. The video conference provided an opportunity for students to communicate and exchange ideas regarding energy conservation and energy efficiency. They compared the cost of electric consumption shown on the electric bill of a sample typical household from each country. The two classes acquired a better understanding and appreciation of the underlying reasons for the similarities and differences relative to energy use as well as the importance of energy conservation and energy efficiency.

The Philippine team was composed of Ms. Lady Angela M. Rocena of the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) who implemented the lesson to UPIS Grade 5 students, Mr. Guillermo P. Bautista, Jr. of the UP NISMED High School Mathematics Group, Dr. Ulep, and Dr. Yap. On the part of Malaysia, the team was composed of Ms. Teoh Bee Yan of the Penang Free School (PFS) who implemented the lesson to PFS Grade 7 students, Mr. Pedro l. Montecillo, Jr., Mr. Julito Aligain, and Dr. Nur Jahan Ahmad, all of whom are from SEAMEO-RECSAM.
To determine if the supplemental trainings conducted in 2014 contributed to the improvement of the teaching competencies of DepEd-ARMM teachers, BEAM-ARMM commissioned UP NISMED to assess the science and mathematics proficiency of DepEd-ARMM teachers. The project also sought to assess the knowledge retention of teachers after more than a year when they received the training intervention and to find out if teacher-related factors, such as teaching experience and position in school, correlate with science and mathematics proficiency. UP NISMED developed the assessment tools and also processed and analyzed the data from the pretest, posttest, and parallel posttest.

The assessment covered Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 7, and Grade 8 science and mathematics teachers trained during the supplemental trainings conducted in 2014 who took both the pretest and posttest. A total of 454 Grade 1 teachers and 470 Grade 2 teachers were randomly selected to take the parallel posttests for elementary school mathematics teachers. On the other hand, 452 Grade 1 teachers and 448 Grade 2 teachers were randomly selected to take the parallel posttests for elementary school science teachers. For high school, 34 Grade 7 mathematics teacher and 58 Grade 8 mathematics teachers were randomly selected to take the parallel posttests while science had a random sample of 49 Grade 7 and 74 Grade 8 science teachers.

The proficiency of teachers were based on their performance in the parallel posttest, given more than a year after the training, and on their performances in the pretest and posttest, which were given prior to the training and right after the training, respectively. In addition, the assessment determined Grade 1 and Grade 2 science teachers’ performance in terms of the three content domains, namely, Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. For Grade 7 and Grade 8 science teachers, they were assessed based on the four content domains, namely, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. For mathematics, Grades 1, 2, and 7 teachers’ performance was assessed in terms of the five content domains, namely, Numbers and Number Sense, Patterns and Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. For Grade 8 mathematics teachers, their performance was assessed in terms of the following domains: Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Teachers’ proficiency were also assessed in terms of the three cognitive domains knowing, applying, and reasoning.

Results of the assessment were presented by Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, UP NISMED Director and Dr. Monalisa T. Sasing, Deputy Director for Administration during the meeting with BEAM-ARMM and DepEd-ARMM on 1 December 2016 in Cotabato City.
In response to the UP Administration’s call for a healthy lifestyle and wellness for its personnel through training programs and seminar-workshops, the UP NISMED Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Committee (HLWC) organized a half-day seminar-workshop on Body and Mind Wellness and Empowerment. This was held on 11 October 2016 at the Dolores F. Hernandez Hall, Science Teacher Training Center, UP NISMED with a total of 60 participants.

Two speakers from the University of the Philippines Diliman were invited to share their expertise. They were Dr. Violeta “Bolet” Villaroman-Bautista, Director of the Office of Counselling and Guidance and Ms. Ruth Agnes Manalo, Resident Nutritionist and Dietitian of the University Health Service.

Dr. Bautista’s presentation titled, Detox Your Life: Stress Management for Busy People focused mainly on how to deal with stress effectively. According to her, managing stress requires living a wholesome, competent, and healthy lifestyle which is the best detoxification technique.

Dr. Soledad A. Ulep (center) and Dr. Monalisa T. Sasing
award a certificate of appreciation to Ms. Ruth Agnes L. Manalo.

Ms. Manalo talked on the Right Food Choices for All Ages. She emphasized that the same nutrients are needed by people of all ages. She further explained the benefits of eating various kinds of vegetables and fruits daily. She also stressed that healthy eating is more important than dieting. Apart from eating healthy foods, an active lifestyle, healthy habits like sleeping 8 hours a day, refraining from smoking, and regular medical checkups were also recommended.

The UP NISMED HLWC is composed of four members: Ms. Lolita M. Mondigo of the Audiovisual Group (Chair), Ms. Ivy P. Mejia of the Earth and Environmental Science Group, Mr. John Alex M. Reyroso of the Information Science Group, and Ms. Rose Kathlyn G. Sinamban of the Property Section. Dr. Monalisa T. Sasing, Deputy Director for Administration serves as adviser of the UP NISMED HLWC.
Ms. Maria Laura V. Ginoy, head of the Art and Desktop Section, obtained her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree on 25 June 2016 from the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman. As part of the requirements in the MFA Program, Ms. Ginoy presented an exhibition of her site-specific sculptural installation titled, “VIA CRUCIS: A Synecdochical Rendition of the Way of the Cross at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, University of the Philippines Diliman" during her academic exercise.

Ms. Sally B. Gutierez
Ms. Sally B. Gutierez of the Elementary School Science Group published an article titled, Building a Classroom-Based Professional Learning Community through Lesson Study: Insights from Elementary School Science Teachers in the journal Professional Development in Education (Vol. 42 Iss 5, 2016). The article describes the adaptation and implementation of lesson study in a school in the Philippines. It describes how lesson study incorporates most of the features of a professional development model where teachers work with colleagues and experts to increase their opportunities to improve their instructional practices.

Mr. Allan M. Canonigo
Mr. Allan Canonigo of the High School Mathematics Group also published an article titled, Using a non-coercive process to engage mathematics teachers in lesson study in the International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies (Vol. 5 Iss 4, 2016). This article documents the experience of teachers who worked through a complete lesson study cycle with tenth grade Mathematics in the Philippines. Using the appreciative inquiry (AI) theoretical perspective, this study describes how the benefits of lesson study were achieved through deepened and a more collegial relationship among teachers in the school.
Mr. Aaron Jay M. Lagrimas joined the Library Section as Librarian 1 on 16 August 2016. Mr. Lagrimas has a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Sta. Mesa, Manila Campus).

Ms. Ma. Nelia B. Talaue joined the Hostel Services as Household Manager 1 on 5 September 2016. Ms. Talaue is a BS Hotel and Restaurant Administration graduate of the UP College of Home Economics.

Ms. Ellane Sedanto joined General Services as Records Officer 1 on 3 October 2017. Ms. Sedanto has a Bachelor’s degree in Business in Teacher Education from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Sta. Mesa, Manila Campus).