TEACHERS MUST BE 100% ENGAGED
MARY ANN D. CAISIP
If teachers are to engage basic education students, then they must be 100-percent engaged too.
This means that teachers must use learner-centered approaches in training the country’s future educators, because quality education depends on the quality of teachers nationwide.
According to the Department of Education, there will be no change in education if the teacher themselves do not know how to use projectbased learning, learner-centered activities and 21st-century skills.
The DepEd noted that most teachers still use lecture-type discussions in their daily classes. But is this an appropriate approach for effective learning?
Although there is nothing wrong about this, but it’s time for teachers to acquire important skills. The DepEd said there is a need to start reviewing the curriculum, and that what the country’s education sector needs are teachers who can create lesson plans.
The CHED, in response, said the current teacher education program is quite new and it would take years before the commission could issue a revised curriculum.
The Commission said that when the teacher education curriculum was drafted, the PPST was not the only standard that was considered – they needed to consider ICT (information and communication) competency standards, for instance.
The author is Teacher I at Gatiawin Elementary School, Gatiawin, Arayat, Pampanga