649 teachers in Ilocos Sur undergo training on K+12 curriculum teaching programFriday, June 15, 2012 09:00 AM Views : 509Freddie G. Lazaro
VIGAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) -- At least 649 teachers from different high schools in Ilocos Sur had been trained on teaching strategies for the various learning areas under the new K+12 curriculum that formally started this school year 2012 -2013.
This is to ensure that teachers will become more effective in teaching as provided for in the new education curriculum.
Dr. Agustina Ruelos–Tactay, K+12 training program coordinator of Ilocos Sur, said the trained teachers came from the three divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) in the province to include Ilocos Sur, Vigan City, and Candon City.
The said training consisted of three batches which were held at the training center of the University of Northern Philippines (UNP).
The first batch was held from May 14–18 where guidelines on teaching Science and English subjects were tackled; second batch was held on May 21–25 (Filipino, Araling Panlipunan, and MAPE); and the third batch was held on May 28–June 1 (Math, TLE, and values education).
Tactay said the teacher-participants were oriented to integrate the talents and skills of the students in their lessons for more effective teaching–learning process.
"One of the strategies of the K+12 curriculum is a participative learning process to include the talents and skills of the students as part of the lesson," she said.
"The great advantage of the K+12 curriculum as compared to the old educational system is the development of the whole personality of the students where the students are not only sitting inside the classroom while learning but to apply what they (students) learned into a particular lesson through the integration activities like singing, writing a poems, and other skills," she explained.
She also underscored that the K+12 Program covers kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.
"Kindergarten points to the five-year old child who undertakes the standardized curriculum for preschoolers. Elementary education refers to six years of primary school (Grades 1-6) while secondary education means four years of junior high school (Grades 7-10 or HS Year 1-4). In addition to this, two years are now allotted for senior high school (Grades 11-12 or HS Year 5-6)," she said.
She added that the K+12 education extends the basic education by two years; thus, instead of having a high school graduate at 16 (years old), they will graduate at 18 with special skills that they might use as a means of livelihood in case they don't want pursue their college education.