Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pacete: DepEd should know this


PROJECT making is part of student activities in school. A project should be a part of a supervised output wherein the teacher assigned a task related to the subject and it should be performed by an individual student or group of students. That project will be graded based on the criteria set by the subject teacher.

A project in English at the end of a grading period could be a short story, a compilation of original poems, or a script for a stage play. In Social Studies, the teacher may assign students to draw a map, a list of projects in every region, or an analysis of current events. In Math, students could come up with illustrations showing geometric figures or a new game involving algebraic equations.

Science students could have reaction paper about DNA, or create a biology community showing the relationship of plants and animals. Values Education could come up with the list of positive values we learned from our ancestors or a case study on virtues learned by young men and women. Students in Practical Arts could submit a collection of adobo recipe, garden tools made in the shop, cabinets out of bamboo, or any article from the metallurgy shop.

All the outputs mentioned are related to the subjects taught by the teachers. It is always expected that some students could not submit their projects for varied reasons. Teachers have to compute their grades to be submitted to the homeroom adviser and there is a deadline for that. If a teacher fails his students, he has to come up with supporting documents. A teacher, considering his stand, has to consider the case of students with no projects. Whatever happens, I do not know.

I would just like to state that there are some teachers giving other “requirements” to students with no projects or with an expected failing grade. To make the long story short, they are made to submit brooms, dust pans, floor wax, plastic chairs, electric fans, wall clocks, etc. I just don’t know if how these items are related to the subjects.

Incidents like these will demoralize good students. Lazy students will laugh at the teachers for giving them a grade of 75 percent for a box of floor wax or for an electric fan coming from the group of students who are candidates for failure. Projects should be real outputs related to the subjects. If things like these happen in some schools... principals, supervisors, and even superintendents should be made aware. We don’t want to teach our students and teachers with the wrong values.

Teachers involved in this will forever be remembered as Mr. Broom Stick, Miss Dust Pan, and Mrs. Floor Wax. In every classroom, discipline counts. It should be made clear at the opening of classes. Teachers who cannot impose classroom rules are teachers who are half-baked. They lack self-confidence and leadership traits. Philosophers in education always believe that students can always be like their teachers.


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