What activities have you tried in class that really improved learning?
One thing I do is to provide my class with varied activities every day, and I see to it that they know what is in store for them, so that they can look forward to the new and exciting lesson. Aside from improvement in learning because of the students’ interest, absenteeism is also lessened because pupils become more eager to go to school.
JOVIE CHAN LIONGCO
P. GUEVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MANILA
I usually do one-on-one mentoring of slow learners during seatwork activities. This is one of the most effective things I’ve tried that dramatically improved the pupils’ learning. However, due to time constraints, I can’t reach all those who need help. So I also give incentives to fast learners to teach the slow learners. The incentives are in the form of additional points or special star tokens.
RICHVILMA M. VILLESCO
SOLDIERS’ HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
I make a game out of fi nding words and their meanings in the dictionary. We also play Word Factory every day. This develops pupils’ skills in recognizing words from all directions and in any form. [Ed’s Note: Word Factory, or Boggle, is a game where random letters appear in a square grid, and individuals or teams need to fi nd as many words as possible that are formed by letters that are beside each other. It is available in stores.]
LEONIDA O. AQUINO
LIBIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, QUEZON CITY
One of my lessons in English is the parts of the newspaper. I asked my students to role play as journalists and I had them deliver the news found in the paper. They enjoyed the activity and had fun imitating actual TV newscasters. With costumes and makeup, our lesson turned out very exciting!
CAROL B. BATACAN
STO. TOMAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALIAGA, NUEVA ECIJA
We’re very fortunate that we have educational DVDs from ABS-CBN that focus on science, math and English. These have really helped us increase our achievement level. Multimedia instruction does not only lessen the teacher’s work, but also enables pupils to learn by watching TV (which they love) rather than listening to another lecture.
BAMBANG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BULACAN
I recommend the group challenge contest, where I present teams of students with problems that they must work together to solve. It develops teamwork, and everyone learns while having fun. Several times, my students actually initiated the group challenge during their free time. They also frequently ask for it in class, especially in math. This was how we learned our multiplication tables, and it makes memorization a lot easier.
PINEDA-GUTIERREZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ANGELES
We can help students mature by assigning them to be leaders. We can assign them to act as a mother, a father, a teacher or even any community helper so they can know the different duties and obligations of each person. We can do it in the form of dramatization where they act out the role of a certain character in a story. Through this, children will be excited to perform and we can help develop their confi dence.
GINA MATO, PEMBO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL