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…

Teaching as Shared Responsibility

“Teaching is a shared responsibility.  The students have as much of the responsibility for the teaching-learning process as the teacher… Teachers need to update their knowledge base, be actively engaged in finding solutions to educational problems, and “[i]n many ways, …must act as scientists, investigating students’ thinking, finding ways to learn about how particular students are…

Professional Shortcuts

Two conflicting things– teacher professionalization and lack of teachers. About then years ago, there was a very stark shortage of teachers in the country, mainly due to low pay resulting to massive brain drain. In the early days of the K-12 conception, we needed more teachers. And when the demand was high, and the supply…

Fake News and Cognitive Biases

While cognitive learning theories help make sense of the mental processes behind learning, psychology has established that cognition often fails us, and leads us astray towards ideas that feel right instead. For instance, we tend to look for and favor evidence that verifies our ideas, and avoid and ignore contradictory evidence (Confirmation Bias). We also…

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…

Conditioning and Forced Consequences

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