MSU-IIT”s College of Education (CED), in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), Iligan City Division, has concluded a seminar workshop last April 22-24, 2019 at the MSU-IIT CED Amphitheater.
The event, entitled “Improving Science and Math teaching Practices through Community of Learning Seminar Workshop,” was attended by select elementary and secondary teachers from various public schools in Iligan City, including Ubaldo D. Laya Memorial Central School, Luinab Elementary School, Iligan City East National High School, and Hinaplanon National High School.
The seminar-workshop was headed by Dr. Amelia T. Buan, current chairperson of CED’s Department of Mathematics and Science Education (DSME), and was facilitated by the CED Science and Math Extension group, composed of teachers from CED and the Integrated Developmental School (IDS).
Community of Learning
The seminar-workshop began with an emphasis on establishing a Community of Learning among teachers from MSU-IIT and the selected participants from the above-mentioned DepEd schools. The workshop rationale was introduced by Prof. Evedanie Beldad of IDS, while the first plenary speaker, Dr. Buan, stressed the value of collaboration to improve teaching practices. A commitment to produce education research was also highlighted as the participants vowed to re-integrate and implement their outputs for DepEd’s incoming school year.
7E Model and Problem-Based Learning
The participants were grouped according to the subjects they primarily handle. During the break-out sessions, the Math group focused on Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving, introduced by Mr. Joneil B. Medina of CED DSME. The Science group, on the other hand, concentrated on 7E Model: Framework for Inquiry-Based Learning, introduced by Prof. Everlita E. Canalita, chairperson of the Science and Research Department (SRD) of IDS.
During the workshop proper, The Math and Science groups were further divided into sub-groups of five members each. The Math teachers crafted open-ended problems for their chosen topics, while the Science teachers developed inquiry-based lessons that follow the 7E Model approach. The participants were then asked to present their lessons to their respective groups for final polishing.
The second and third days of the seminar-workshop featured the first and second implementations of the lessons developed by the participating groups. Prior to the implementations, Dr. Buan shared another plenary talk on Scaffolding Critical Thinking, which centered on the need for teachers to demonstrate problem solving, step back, and let students solve problems on their own, extending help when needed, allowing students to become better at independent critical thinking.
Some of the participants implemented their lessons in their respective DepEd schools, while majority of the groups implemented their lessons at IDS. The first implementation was immediately followed by a Post Lesson Discussion within the group, a key feature in conducting a research lesson emphasized in this seminar-workshop. The aim was to build on improvements and suggestions for a better second implementation.
Reflection and Evaluation
A planning session for the implementation of the lesson plans to the participants’ respective schools was then held. One significant aspect of this seminar-workshop was that it was a joint effort between DepEd and MSU-IIT CED, and that the participants will try out what they learned in their respective classes.
The closing program, including testimonies, acknowledgements and giving of certificates, was sponsored by the participants from Ubaldo D. Laya Elementary School.
When asked this question, one tourist spot rises above everyone else – the majestic Ma. Cristina Falls that powers 70% of Mindanao. You can ask even the most elderly in your family the history of Ma. Cristina, of how it existed and of how it came to be as it is right now. When you look it up online or in books, you will see the rich information of its history and how it represents the city and why it is situated inside a power plant. This information and everything that you know about the most majestic falls in Iligan is made possible by cultural mapping.
Cultural Mapping is a tool to identify the cultural resources of communities. It is a way of mapping the culture of a community and its outcomes can be harnessed and directed to create sustainable futures and preserve the cultural properties found today.
In line with this, ten barangays of Iligan City participated in the cultural mapping project of the History Department together with the local government of Iligan City which seeks to identify and examine cultural properties and heritage resources of Iligan City. The project aims to expand the frontiers of local history and strengthen our identity as a people.
Jay Rome Delos Santos talks about Cultural Mapping in the Cluster 3 Seminar-Workshop on February 7, 2018 at Hoyohoy Restaurant, Dalipuga, Iligan City.
According to Jay Rome Delos Santos, a faculty member of the History Department who served as one of the lecturers during the cultural mapping seminar-workshops, the city is rich in cultural properties and heritage resources. Documentation on how these resources were conceptualized and built and how they have changed through time, however, is still an area for improvement.
The seminar-training workshop was first conducted on June 5 and 6, 2017 at the CASSalida Theater, MSU-IIT. Christine Dulnuan, senior History researcher of the National Historical Commission; Jonathan Balsamo, a curator of Museo Valenzuela and Secretary of the Philippine Historical Association; Geoffrey Salgado, a retired professor of the History Department; and Luis Montesclaros, a faculty member of the Department, served as resource speakers. Dep-Ed teachers and barangay officials who attended the event which introduced the methodologies and standard procedures in conducting cultural mapping.
To more effectively expand the frontiers of local history and strengthen our identity as a people, the Department decided to go into the grassroots level and conduct cultural mapping seminars with the residents themselves.
To date, ten barangays have participated in the said activities. Each barangay was categorized based on the LGU’s clustering of barangays based on geographical location. Two of these seminars were conducted for Cluster 1 (Abono, Buruun, and Ma. Cristina) and for Cluster 2 (Pala-o, Poblacion, and Tambacan) in the last quarter of 2017. This year, a seminar for Cluster 3 (Acmac, Dalipuga, Kiwalan, and Sta. Filomena) was held on February 7 at Hoyohoy Restaurant.
Each seminar began with Your Story, Our History where the local history of the participating barangays were presented. According to Delos Santos, knowing the local history of a place makes it easier for residents to identify the cultural properties within their respective barangays.
Participants from Acmac, Dalipuga, Kiwalan, and Sta. Filomena list the cultural properties in their respective barangays during the Cluster 3 Seminar-Workshop on February 7, 2018 at Hoyohoy Restaurant, Dalipuga, Iligan City.
At the end of each seminar-workshop, the participants were able to produce an initial registry of the cultural properties in their cluster. Aside from documenting the cultural properties and heritage resources, the seminar-workshop also sought to help in preserving them not only through ordinances but also through cooperation between the LGU and the community.
(A pose with the Cavite State University President Dr. Hernando D. Robles (seated) and the Vice President for Administration and Support Services, Dr. Henry O. Garcia (standing at the right) during the courtesy call. Standing from left: Reynaldo M. Vequizo, Louie T. Murcia, Ferdinand P. Jamil, Mylene m. Uy, Rosario Reserva, Editha P. Jacosalem, Mark Nolan P. Confesor and Joey Genevieve T. Martinez, all from College of Science and Mathematics, MSU-IIT.)
The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) Extension Committee in coordination with the Samahang Pisika ng Visayas at Mindanao (SPVM) and Cavite State University (CvSU) organized a 2-day Live-in Seminar-Workshop on Project Proposal Writing and Conducting of Research on February 24-25, 2017 held at CvSU in Indang, Cavite.
(Dr. Reynaldo M. Vequizo in his presentation on “Intellectual Property Issues and Concern”.)
Dr. Mark Nolan Confesor, Dr. Reynaldo M. Vequizo, Prof. Rosario L. Reserva (Physics Department); Dr. Ferdinand P. Jamil (Department of Mathematics and Statistics); Dr. Mylene M. Uy (Department of Chemistry); and Prof. Joey Genevieve T. Martinez (Department of Biological Sciences) were the resource speakers, who discussed Research in Academe, Research Opportunities in the Sciences and Mathematics, Intellectual Property Issues and Concerns and Project Proposal Writing.
As a gesture of gratitude for graciously hosting 2015 SPVM National Physics Conference, SPVM donated physics equipment to CvSU, which were turned over during the said seminar-workshop. Prof. Louie T. Murcia and Prof. Editha P. Jacosalem handled the training on the use of the apparatus.
The participants of this seminar-workshop were 53 selected faculty members from 10 campuses of Cavite State University.
The activity aimed to further equip the faculty and staff Cavite State University with knowledge and skills requisite for productive research engagement.
The resource speakers receiving their Certificate of Appreciation with Dr. Henry O. Garcia, VPASS (second from right) and Dr. Bettina Joyce Ilagan, Dean of College of Social Sciences, CvSU (first from left).
As it has dawned upon the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) that theses and dissertations should not be made to just sit out their existence in shelves after the students who wrote them have graduated, it decided to organize a seminar-workshop for both faculty and graduate students to introduce the concept of extracting several journal papers from one academic paper.
The CASS, through the editorial board of its official journal, Langkit, held a one-day Seminar-Workshop on How to Derive Journal Articles from Thesis/Special Project/Dissertation yesterday at the Institute boardroom.
“We want to utilize these academic papers so they can be published, and not just put them in shelves,”
Langkit Journal editor-in-chief and Department of English chairperson Dr. Nelia G. Balgoa said.
Balgoa believes that if the exercise is also taken as a collaborative effort between faculty and graduate student, it could increase the research output of the CASS.
The seminar-workshop featured a talk entitled, From Research Manuscripts to Journal Articles – A Personal Account given by retired IIT professor Dr. L.C. Sevidal-Castro.
Sevidal-Castro is one of the pioneering faculty members and administrators of MSU-IIT. She was the first dean of the School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) now known as CASS, and the immediate past editor-in-chief of the Langkit Journal.
The workshop portion of the activity saw participants trying out their hand at “deriving” journal papers from an academic paper, and having these critiqued later in the afternoon.
The critiquing part, according to Balgoa, was also very important as they had discovered that many faculty and graduate students still needed to learn how to write a several-paged journal article vis-a-vis the “big-book” -style thesis.
“We want to capacitate them and arm them with the right skills so that they can improve the quality of their papers, and increase their chances of having these accepted for publication,” Balgoa said.
The Department of Political Science is holding a seminar-workshop for Institute scholars that aims to familiarize them with constitutional change and federalism on September 24, 2016 at the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) building.
The seminar-workshop targets scholars from the Expanded Student Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).
The ESGP-PA is a government program that provides funding for the education of poor but deserving college students belonging to indigent households under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The one-day seminar-workshop will feature the following resource persons who are members of the department, Dr. Elizabeth L. Codilla, Dr. Perla P. Palomares, Dr. Marilou S. Nanaman, and Prof. Yasmira Moner.
The Department will explain the process of constitutional change to the ESGP-PA scholars and try to help them understand what to expect from a federal form of government.
At the end of the seminar-workshop, the scholars are expected to have an understanding of the basic issues regarding constitutional change and federalism – two subjects that are constantly in the news and subject of much public discussion.
The activity is under the supervision of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA), and in coordination with the ESGP-PA Coordinator, Dr. Gaudencio Petalcorin, and the program’s Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) Coordinator, Dr. Evelyn I. Dominguez, head guidance counselor. -RGO