Two schools that won in the national search for the most innovative practices in teaching large and extra-large classes echoed their strategies to fellow educators in hopes of having them replicated to other schools.
In the “Forum to Disseminate the Winning Innovative Classroom Managment Practices” held on 17 December 2012 at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City, representatives from Bacong National High School (BNHS) from Salug, Zamboanga del Norte and Looc National High School (LNHS) from Calamba City, Laguna detailed how they employ their innovative methods branded as Bacong Developmental Instruction (Project BaDI) and Flock Program in Managing Large Class Size in Mathematics III, respectively. Schools with large classes from Metro Manila and Region 4A represented by its division superintendents, principals/school heads, and science and math supervisors and teachers attended to the said forum.
Project BaDI employs various teaching-learning activities using sizing interventions designed to test the effectiveness of the facilitative mode of teaching in a large class size. It is anchored on the design used in the 2010 Secondary Education Curriculum framework called Understanding by Design which advocates facilitative mode of teaching despite constraints of overcrowding and insufficient instructional materials.
BaDI was confined to the 67 second year students of the treatment group and another 70 for the control group of BNHS during the school year 2011-2012. The team recorded an increasing trend in students’ performance in both groups from the first up to the third grading periods.
Dr. Nilda Y. Galaura, Project Leader of BaDI, noted that the strategy improved understanding of the subject matter and it lead to improved performance.
“We were able to increase student achievement despite scarcity of resources and large class size,” Galaura said.
LNHS’ Flock Program, on the other hand, consists of three innovative practices namely 1) Flock Seating Arrangement, 2) Flock Activities and Facilitation, and 3) Flock Monitoring. Each of the approaches has a role to play, but their combined effects as a program make the management of large classes easier and more effective. The practice intended to improve the large-class teaching of Mathematics III.
“It is effective in improving the academic performance of the students in Mathematics III. It significantly improved the scores of the students in summative assessment,” said Dr. Isabelita R. Hizon, Project Leader of the Flock Program.
Both strategies won P100,000 cash prize plus a plaque of recognition during the nationwide search.
Science Education Institute Director, Dr. Filma Brawner, said that the forum was a follow-through to the Search and aimed to promote the winning practices to schools faced with the same situation.
“The entries we received during the search—that of the finalists, and of course, the winning schools—have blessed us with new practices that are worth imitating by many other schools faced with the daunting task of making science and math learning effective in large classes,” said Brawner. “This forum will provide a very good venue for us to learn.”
“These methods bested others for a good reason, and we are confident that these practices will make us good thinkers as well,” she added. (30)