LEARNERS OF MATHEMATICS IN THE K-12 TRANSITION
MERRY LOUDEN G. PEREZ
The school year 2016-2017 marks the unfolding of unprecedented historical implementation of Senior High School (SHS) in the Philippine Education. This two-year final stage of the K to 12 Program completes the 4-stage basic education of the Filipino l ear ner s.
The two year- SHS program offers core curriculum and specialization or track subjects. This stage aims to equip the learners with 21st century skills that will better prepare them to become globally competitive whether they opt to continue higher education, indulge in entrepreneurship, and take further skills development training.
Mathematics is a very dynamic discipline and has penetrated various fields which has led to new applications. Because of these developments and changes, educational institutions should equip the students with the needed mathematical skills for them to confidently face more challenging and difficulty tasks ahead of them. The spiral design of the lessons allows mastery of competencies with the hope that the students will be enable to better cope with the lessons. Hence, a learner will experience algebra, geometry and statistics and probability in each grade level.
The instruction in Mathematics must be a learner-centered approach, enriched with variety of activities and responsive to the needs of the learners. The curriculum for mathematics strives for Stephen Covey’s strategic step in making our learners understand the mathematical concepts: “Begin with the end in mind… .”
We should also reflect on the idea that remedial programs are vital in the support for learning however enrichment programs are also needed for those students who really excel allot in mathematics so that their potential will be supplemented. We strongly believe that the priority must be in balance so that the distribution of learning inside the classroom will be more meaningful to all.
Learning is useless without deeper understanding and appreciation to the lesson, it is not enough that students knows how to count numbers, knows how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide they must sought the relevance of these in day to day practices. Values integration is necessary in building the character of our students to become active problem solvers of our society.
Lastly, students must realize that grades are just numbers they should not possess the attitude of being grade conscious, at the end of the day what is important is that, they are intrinsically motivated in any kind of endeavor. Learning should always be “unconditional in nature”. — oOo— The author is SST I at Santos Ventura National High School, Division of Mabalacat Ci t y