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Nine high schools from the different regions in the country will contend for having the Best Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes in science and mathematics. 

Central Azucarera De Tarlac High School-Annex in Tarlac City, Jacobo Z. Gonzales Memorial National HS in Biñan City, Calamba Bayside National HS in Calamba City, Tabaco National HS in Tabaco City, Cordova National HS in Cebu, Digos City National HS in Davao del Sur, Surigao City National HS in Surigao City, Manggahan HS in Pasig City, and Antonio J. Villegas Vocational HS in Manila will battle out in being the best school in managing large classes or those classes with students ranging from 50 to 70. 

The finalists were selected during the “Project Proposal Re-Writing/Critiquing Workshop” held at the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP-NISMED) last 2-5 May 2013. All nine schools will be awarded P100,000 to implement the proposals they submitted to the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) for the period June 2013 - March 2014. 

The proposals were judged based on their a) innovativeness (35%), b) doability and replicability (30%), c) sustainability and impact (20%), d) resource utilization, and e) cost effectiveness (15%). Project leaders from the competing schools presented their innovative practices to a panel of resource persons composed of experts from UP-NISMED and were allowed to do revisions based on the comments and suggestions by the said panel.

SEI Director Dr. Filma Brawner said she is optimistic that this year’s entries will introduce new innovative practices that schools faced with the same problem can adopt. 

“We have proven last year that our educators are indeed innovative and that they put premium in the effective teaching and learning of mathematics and science,” said Brawner. “I am confident that more innovative styles of teaching will be discovered and shared this year.” 

The “Search for Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes” project, which is open for public and private secondary schools nationwide with class sizes of more than 50 students in any grade from 7 to 10, runs in three phases, namely: Proposal Submission and Evaluation; Project Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation; and Awarding of Winners and Presentation of Results in a Forum. 

Pre and post-tests shall be given to the students who will be involved in the project as part of the activities along with the monitoring and observation of actual project implementation among others. 

The two schools with the most innovative practices shall be selected and awarded in July 2014 with a cash prize of P100,000.00 each and a plaque of recognition to help them improve further their large class teaching practices. 

“We encourage the finalists to make the most out of the grant they will receive and try to create a lasting impact with their students through their innovative practices,” said Brawner. “We believe that we are capable of beating out the problem of large school population through creative thinking and a genuine dedication to bring about learning among our beloved students.” (30)