Historical Revisionism and Education Reform

I’ve repeatedly linked education of History and the late dictator Marcos’s burial to several topics on my UPOU class forums. It’s a current issue that I feel extremely strong about, and with lessons revolving around empowering educators to take control of the curriculum, or adapt assessments effectively, I can’t help but be afraid if the Philippine…

This Living, Teaching Thing-y

A Carnegie Mellon University report cites a study which found that “students who had specific goals when they were learning from a text paid more attention to passages that were relevant to their goals and hence learned those passages better.” As learners get a better sense of what they want to do or want to…

The Dream

During my final guidance interview in college, my counselor asked, “What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?” to which I answered, “Running my own school.” It was a strange dream for someone who was about to graduate from Management Engineering, whose alumni mostly consisted of high-level corporate officers. But I never forgot the…

Isolating Grammar

A well-crafted rubric is aligned with the objectives of assessment. It outlines specific criteria that demonstrate student proficiency over the premeditated learning goals. It must be clearly articulated and discussed with the student, ideally before the application of assessment, as a good rubric enhances teacher instructions, and relays the expectations of the assessment to the…

When There’s a (Political) Will…

Php 543 billion. That’s how much is allocated to the Department of Education from the Filipino taxpayers’ money. The largest contribution in President Duterte’s “Budget for Change”. Just this month, the standardized National Achievement Test (NAT) has been delayed in the NCR for test paper printing delays. Not to sound hypercritical, but this does bring about memories…

No Child Left Behind

John Oliver brushes on how the US tests their students every year in the “No Child Left Behind” program in his piece on Standardized Testing: It points out how standardized testing can provide accountability to the education of young kids, how schools and teachers can be measured in a statistically accurate manner to provide assessment information that can…

The Limits of Peer Assessment

When I was in college, I had a lot of course work that required me to work in groups. This was usually a good learning experience: a few years down the line, I realized that the workplace really has no place for a one-man team. Great projects and businesses are built on the backs of…

When Do We ‘Move On’?

I had this math teacher in high school who I always jokingly called my favorite. He taught Calculus, which, at that time, was probably a little complex for junior high students, yet he discussed each lesson in such a fast pace. After each class, he would look at us and ask, “Did you understand? No? Let’s…

Bloom’s Taxonomy

So here’s a more sophisticated thesaurus that’s probably going to be useful when crafting learning objectives in future course outlines or class syllabi. Source: Chan C (2010) Assessment: Blooms’ Taxonomy, Assessment Resources @HKU, University of Hong Kong [http://ar.cetl.hku.hk/large_class.htm]: Available: Accessed: 24 Jan 2017

Creativity in the Curriculum

I’m really surprised how much I’m loving this blog thing. Maybe it’s the frustrated artist in me. Sharing one of many of Ken Robinson’s TED Talks. I came into Mr. Robinson’s material from another UPOU class, EDUC 103, Principles and Processes of Curriculum Development, and I’m impressed. There’s really more to education than I’ve ever…

Experience makes a better read.

I’m a little disappointed with how most of the school modules are so bland. Coming from college, I was used to being choked down with tons of articles with a little more personal touch–more experience than framework. I liked it when your professor seemed like your well-read buddy who just likes to share materials for light nighttime…

There’s a need for sound statistics in education.

Loving this article on one of the references from Module 2.1: Ways of Gathering Evidence. Tests are numbers used to measure a student’s performance. But like all statistical measures, these are subjected to random events–kids get bad days, or get into bad situations, or get bad environments. The key problem is the discouragement that the…