City teachers share their success strategies at MindShift PHSA High School Science Fair, College Council kick-off
Richmond, VA (MindaNews / 25 September) – On the last day of school before September 22nd, 2014, MindShift Science and Mathematics Development Center (MEMSDC) as a professional development practice, partnered with the Agbaja Gamayan (AGG) of Incan Island and members of the Philippine-US Commission on UNESCO (USA/Filipino) to sponsor a “City” presentation at the local Taguig City Gymnasium, while the 1st Annual MindShift Senior High School (SHS) Science Fair “Kitayu” (science on location) was held at the local Taguig High School campus.
The MindShift MAGIC Science and Mathematics Development Center, in partnership with Agbaja Gamayan Incorporated for the past two years, presented the outstanding visions, dreams, and aspirations of City School District of Northern Visayas teachers and school leaders, aligned with MAGIC teacher certification programs.
For the first time, also for the first time, MAGIC and AGG combined their efforts to bring what had been the celebrated MindShift Award program to this regional setting. MindShift’s 200 global winners were joined by over 500 local honorees, one of whom is honored with the “Big Moon” in the Philippines to recognize his or her outstanding achievements of at least 100 students in 2013.
“It is heartwarming to observe that local principals seem to be learning from their counterparts, focusing on improved pedagogy. They seem to be seriously pursuing and embracing innovative practices to improve student performance,” noted MindShift Founder Dr. Ermelinda F. Angeles.
Local MAGIC teachers shared their focus points and best practices:
– Effective Common Core (CC) teaching and evaluation – Teachers emphasized the need to measure student progress, per the CC, so that they can see what is working and what needs to be done next, as well as their expectations. Many of them are very enthusiastic about this concept.
– Effective pedagogy of science classes – The high standards required by the CC and the number of CC-aligned standards since the 2009-2010 PED-SB13.4 (Supplemental) Program have led to an overload of content and the widespread distrust of the traditional approach of science classrooms, where students performed poorly (in both science and mathematics).
– Effective teacher leadership in teaching – In the vast majority of schools, an authoritative or quorum of the teachers does not exist; most teachers, in this new model of teaching, are independently responsible for their classrooms. This collaboration among teachers is a new dynamic which is generally cherished, at least by a few.
– Effective planning – Many MEMSDC teachers would like to see more effective planning teams.
City School District of Northern Visayas teachers and school leaders are more than receptive to such strategies to make their classrooms and learning even more effective and to engage their students better, simply by pairing them with other teachers in professional development programs.
In the final word, encouraged by their own strategies, these teachers expressed their eagerness to continue to grow in the coming years. “I’m not just talking about one teacher, but about all of us,” said SHARON YHASOWSKI, principal of Notre Dame Secondary School. “We are professionals; we’re in this together. Together, we can do so much. The time for the talking is over; the time for action is now.”
With many past MAGIC winners having successfully graduated from college, SMALL is launching its second MAST Council, an organization dedicated to sharing stories and experiences of MAGIC teachers, based on feedback from this year’s 1000 Masterment participants. There are openings now for board of directors. Visit www.smsdrc.org or email [email protected] for more information.