We teachers often thought we are just another cog in the wheel. Until such time that we felt that our vocation has made some impact on the lives of our students. How many times have teachers felt that “special classroom moment” when students are all agog to listen to your discussions to the extent that they don’t want you to finish the session?
Teachers are now rewired to become a facilitator of learning, guide on the side rather than a sage on the stage. They have gradually turned into inspirational leaders from just nameless functionaries producing competent individuals ready to brave the nagging challenges in life.
Efforts have been focused on training the teachers to become good classroom managers, knowledgeable with the changing styles of the generation Z and the millennial students, and adaptable to the changing technology that has challenged the traditional classroom set-ups.
Last May 6, Dr. Cristie Ann Jaca, associate professor of the University of San Carlos gave a short talk before CITE staff on the adoption of Differentiated Instruction and a premiere of Outcome-Based Education (OBE).
Differentiated learning, in educational parlance, is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing all students within their diverse classroom community of learners a range of different avenues for understanding new concept. This can be an anchor to develop a new curriculum based upon individual’s varying needs.
Last June 7, another resource speaker, Professor Genara Pacaña, Chair of Institute for Research in Innovative Instruction Delivery at Cebu Normal University, made an impression on CITE staff on her session on the Principles of Education and Classroom Management.
Dr. Pacaña uses her own research to support how educators can develop the 21st century skills among students which are pertinent to their success. This includes creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, care, and choice. Dr. Pacaña emphasized the importance of producing competent graduates who can help the country achieve its sustainable development goals in no time.
In the afternoon, Dr. Pacaña gave a short workshop on how teachers develop these 21st century skills among students through the art of questioning. She also made the staff commit to the ideals of the school and remind them that teachers have great responsibility in molding their students.