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The Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) with the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted an Intensive Training on Content and Pedagogy for Grades 4-6 Math Teachers. The said training aimed to help teachers further grasp certain Math topics that they have least mastery in.

Facilitated by Mr. Oliver Baltazar and Mr. Orlando Claor, Grade 4 teachers learned more about number and number sense, preparation of materials related to activities involving manipulatives, routine and non-routine problems in operations on fractions and decimals, geometry (specifically, topics on lines, angles, plane figures, perimeter, and area), and statistics and probability (particularly, the favorable outcomes in a simple experiment and presentation of data in tables and graphs).

Meanwhile, teachers in Grades 5 and 6 had classes on fractions, ratio and proportion, geometry, statistics and probability, and preparation of materials involving manipulatives. Mr. Catalino Camayra and Mr. Paulo Parada handled the training of Grade 5 teachers, and Ms. Liberty Quirino and Mrs. Marytes Doctor were in charge of the sessions attended by Grade 6 teachers. Moreover, Math Supervisor Mrs. Helen S. Acedo oversaw the training and made sure that everything went smoothly.

It can be noted that the training was done per division, instead of by region, resulting in a smaller number of participants per session. This strategic decision ensured that participants could be given the utmost attention and instruction they needed during the training.

The MTAP-DepEd training spanned six consecutive Saturdays from May 25, 2019 to June 29, 2019, and was held at the Division of San Juan City Conference Hall for grades 4 and 5, and at the Special Science Building for grade 6. Eight public elementary schools and several private schools in the Division of San Juan participated in the knowledge-enriching event. This would not have materialized without the approval of our SDS in San Juan City. The organizers and the speakers would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Alejandro G. Ibanez for his continuous support to this project.

Without a doubt the training is a huge success. According to the participants, they now feel more confident to teach the topics they covered in the training. Students are surely going to benefit from the hard work of our Math teachers.

Article written by:

Marytes B. Doctor (Master Teacher I - SJNHS)

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