ED­U­CA­TION IN EL­E­MEN­TARY SCHOOLS

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

ANGELITA R. LOPEZ

El­e­men­tary school ed­u­ca­tion en­com­passes a wide range of grade lev­els. In many in­stances, as in the new K to 12 pro­gram, it in­cludes kin­der­garten through grade seven.

El­e­men­tary school teach­ers in­ter­act with stu­dents of vastly dif­fer­ent age groups, from the early ages of five or six, to the cusp of ado­les­cence at 11 or 12.

Stu­dents in el­e­men­tary schools are all at dif­fer­ent phases of de­vel­op­ment, and their needs vary greatly. How­ever, most el­e­men­tary school teach­ers fo­cus on a spe­cific grade level, teach­ing one class of stu­dents who are around the same age. In fact, in our coun­try, teach­ers are re­quired to be cer­ti­fied to teach a par­tic­u­lar grade.

El­e­men­tary school teach­ers usu­ally have one class and they teach their stu­dents sev­eral dif­fer­ent sub­jects.

The cur­ricu­lum is usu­ally struc­tured around the fun­da­men­tal sub­jects of math­e­mat­ics, sci­ence, so­cial stud­ies, lan­guage arts, mu­sic, art and read­ing. The ex­act struc­ture and ped­a­gogy can vary from school to school, but for the most part, el­e­men­tary school fo­cuses on build­ing the foun­da­tion for a well­rounded ed­u­ca­tion over­seen by teach­ers who fol­low stu­dents closely through their de­vel­op­ment.

El­e­men­tary school teach­ers are ex­pected to be very hands-on, cre­at­ing fun and en­thu­si­as­tic at­mos­pheres within their class­rooms and adapt­ing to meet the needs of their stu­dents.

This is pre­cisely what teach­ers in el­e­men­tary schools are man­dated to do. The tasks of for­ma­tion and build­ing the foun­da­tion of chil­dren through qual­ity el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion is daunt­ing and chal­leng­ing, yet in­spir­ing for us teach­ers in the el­e­men­tary level. — oOo— The au­thor is Teacher I at Ti­na­jero El­e­men­tary School, Madap­dap Re­set­tle­ment, Ma­bal­a­cat City, Pam­panga

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