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CID conducts ELLN via online literacy instruction training

In accordance with DO 50, s. 2012 that requires the guidelines on the utilization of funds for the Every Child a Reader Program (ECARP) of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the result of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) released on December 3, 2019, where the Philippines scored the lowest in reading comprehension, The Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) of the San Juan City Schools Division Office (SDO) sees the necessity to reassess literacy methods in order to support the new normal of home-based learning. It is based on a regional initiative to improve literacy instruction for Key Stage 1 (K-3) students to gain assistance from other curriculum areas and emphasize the importance of reading in strengthening students' academic progress. It also considers DepEd's COVID-19 response, which focuses on remote learning and recognizes parents, guardians, and other critical caregivers as Home Learning Partners.

The online training for teachers happened in a series dated December 1, 4, 8, 11, and 15, 2021 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm via an online conferencing app, Google Meet. The first part of the training was about honing the language literacy of the teachers while the latter part was about strengthening their numeracy ability. Participants of the event which are the Kinder to Grade 3 teachers were grouped according to their school assignments. School heads and division supervisors were also invited to participate in the event and were asked to form a group to make the event more competitive.

Before the event properly started, Mr. Catalino A. Camayra gave some guidelines and reminders regarding the materials teachers need to submit at the end of the training.

Below is the list of participants as shown in groups.

Ms. Liberty D. Quirino of San Juan National High School stands as the resource speaker. She first introduced the concepts behind the different events sponsored by the department of their school. This way, participants will have an idea of what happens during an event or how different is one from the other and what makes it interesting for students who join these events for years. This was followed by the explanation of rules per game and the game proper.

The picture shows the list of games played during the webinar. The games were shown through slides containing the question, answer, and a list of specific members of the group who are supposed to answer the question.This way, all are given the chance to participate.Most of the participants played enthusiastically during the games and there are those who demonstrated their broad knowledge even if questions are based on different learning areas.

After playing all the games, teachers were asked to create their own games which they think will cater to the needs of their students. Specific learning areas and grade levels were assigned in each group. This activity was designated for the third day of the series training. Coming the fourth day of the training, teachers were asked to present their works for some critiquing and sharing of thoughts.

Below are the copies of the presentation of each group.

Teachers used games such as 4 pics in one word, spot the difference, street mystery, etc. The alignment of outputs to Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) given by the Department of Education (DepEd) was checked by the education program supervisors present. Teachers were asked to submit these outputs for the reference of the other schools as well.

Lastly, on the fifth day of the training, Mrs. Helen S. Acedo asked the participants to share a word or two that best describes their feeling or experience at the moment. They mentioned words like challenging but fun, interactive, stress reliever, useful game ideas, felt child-like, will apply the ideas in their class, etc. All shared ideas suggesting that the time spent during the event was all worth it. Also, it is remarkable to share that most of the attendees stayed the entire meeting. Even if some arrived late, or kept having internet problems, all showed the desire to stay and play the games.

The top three schools that completely submitted all the needed materials and outputs were announced on the last day of the training.

Some snippets after the program proper.

Article written by:

Pheljoy T. Macavinta (San Juan City Science High School)


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