In-service training on competency-based learning conducted

Written by Mrs. Viva D. Carreon

SDO-Mandaluyong city through the initiative of the Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) conducted its In-service training on K to 12 basic education learning deliveries, a competency-based learning (CBL) approach for Senior High School (SHS) teachers at Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales (MPNAG), Oct. 21 – 23, 2019.

Said training capacitated the teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills in their area of expertise, enlightened with the kind and behaviors of today’s students as well as learned new approaches that will improve learning deliveries to SHS learners.

Learning approaches include project-based, inquiry-based, problem-based, Blended, collaborative and explicit learning. These methods are made functional, effective and efficient with a good art of questioning, knowing by heart the characteristics of the 21st century learners and how to establish a learning focused-relationship with them where students can have ownership of their knowledge and that both teacher and learner share understanding of their role in learning.

Project-based learning is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks. It is learning by doing.

Inquiry-based learning starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios. This promotes deeper understanding of the lesson, builds initiative and self-direction among learners.

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a learning method which involves student-centered learning in small groups lead by the teacher. The starting point of this approach is a problem, query or puzzle that the students want to solve. It is teaching students to learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem, complex question or challenge.

Blended learning is combining the best teaching methods. Mixture of different learning methods brought together to meet the learning objectives. It is an approach that brings together the best of both face to face and online strategies thus create an innovative and effective learning experience for students.

Explicit teaching involves directing student attention toward specific learning in a highly structured environment. It is teaching that is focused on producing specific learning outcomes. It involves explanation, demonstration and practice. Teacher models followed with students’ participation. Then students practice with the teacher’ s guidance that would prompt independent practice and mastery of the learner.

Collaborative learning is a process whereby the teacher develops and enhance students’ ability to learn through cooperative works. The teacher does not transmit information but just serve as facilitator.   Students construct knowledge through interactions with other learners through face to face or computer medium and thus building good relationships with others as they contribute ideas and learnings from each other.

All SHS teachers are expected to apply these learning approaches as they improve their teaching strategies in delivering their lessons to their students. Application of these methods will increase each school’s performance and produce a 21st century learner who is equipped with 4Cs: Collaborative, Communicative, Critical thinker and Creative – CBL product.

Mrs. Viva D. Carreon is an Assistant Principal for Senior High School of Highway Hills Integrated School. 

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