In line with the celebration of its Golden Anniversary, the UP NISMED in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Japanese Government Scholars and the Embassy of Japan invites everybody for a FREE PUBLIC LECTURE at the NISMED Auditorium on March 6, 2014, 1:30 PM.
Certificates will be distributed after the lecture.
Book on Lesson Study Off the Press!
A book titled Lesson Study Book 1: Planning together, learning together was published in October 2013. The book relates the actual experiences of teachers and students in conducting mathematics and science as well as learnings arising from these experiences. As a compilation, these chapters highlight the opportunities provided for students to learn mathematics through problem solving and science through inquiry. A common theme permeates all the chapters—both teachers and students are learning through lesson study.
This collection of chapters is an innovative initiative that lays the groundwork for an implementable model of lesson study in the Philippine setting. It is NISMED’s contribution to the ongoing search for a model of professional development that can be adapted in spite of large classes, dearth of resources, and a host of challenges faced by Filipino teachers.
The chapters offer vicarious experiences of walking in another person’s shoes. These are not prescriptions to approach a teaching-learning situation. Rather, these are narratives to reveal accounts of how students learned and what actually transpired among teachers as they collaboratively planned, implemented, revised, implemented again and reflected on specific lessons in science and mathematics.
As written, these chapters depict situations teachers can easily relate to. For the teacher searching for effective alternatives to current practices, these chapters may be your answer or inspiration.
The 258-page first volume (a second is being planned) is available at the NISMED bookstore for PHP300.00.
NISMED Bags Most Eco-Friendly/Most Reusable Lantern Award
NISMED joined the UP Diliman annual parade of lanterns along the Academic Oval on 18 December 2013 and garnered the Most Eco-Friendly/Most Reusable Lantern Award. With the theme “Maalab na Serbisyo Publiko ng Mapagkalingang Kampus,” the lantern parade served as an opportunity to help Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims aside from welcoming the Christmas season with a joyful heart. During the parade, NISMED staff dressed in the colors of the Philippine flag to symbolize unity of the Filipino nation amidst a series of calamities. The NISMED lantern was described and presented as “Puno ng Pagkakaisa: Puno ng Pag-asa (Tree of Unity: Tree of Hope).” During the presentation, the symbolic message of the materials used for the lantern was cited. Thus:
“Kaisa ng Unibersidad at ng buong bansa ang UP NISMED sa patuloy na pagbangon ng ating mga kababayan na sinalanta ng bagyong Yolanda at ng iba pang kalamidad na nagdaan.Puno ang ginamit na simbolo sa NISMED lantern. Puno na dating mayabong at matatag, subalit saglit na itinumba ng trahedyang di inaasahang magdulot ng kakaibang dusa sa ating mga kababayan. Ngayon ay muli naming itinatayo at pinayayabong sa pamamagitan ng mga simbolikong materyales na aming ginamit. Puno na muling ititindig at patuloy na yayabong at tatatag kasama ng pangarap ng ating mga nasalantang kababayan.
Puno ng pagkakaisa: Puno ng Pagasa
(Description of the NISMED Lantern)
Tabo: Simbolo ng sama-samang pagtulong ng mapagkalingang UP Community sa pag-agapay sa anumang paraan, donasyon, pag-a-adopt, at sa muling pagsasaayos ng mga paaralan. Tabo, maliit mang lalagyan, ito’y nagbubuhos din ng malaking kaginhawaan.
Tsinelas: Simbolo ng patuloy na paghakbang mula sa maputik at sira-sirang daan patungo sa pagbalik ng kaayusan at kasaganaan. Uumpisahan ng mga tsinelas na ito ang mumunti ngunit matapang na pagtahak ng ating mga kababayan tungo sa mas maunlad, mapayapa at ligtas na pamayanan.
Payong: Simbolo ng walang kamatayang pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino na patuloy na aantabay at handang magbigay ng tulong, silong, at kaligtasan. Mga Filipino na lulukob at laging bukas na mag-alay ng sarili para sa mga kababayang nangangailangan.
Sa kabuuan, 100% ng mga materyales na ginamit sa lantern na ito ay ibibigay sa ating mga kapatid na nasalanta. Ibibigay din ang lahat ng pinansiyal na donasyon na matatanggap bilang pagsuporta sa lantern na ito. Mula sa UP NISMED Family, isang mapagpalang Pasko sa ating lahat!”
All materials used to construct the lantern were donated. The UP authorities listed down the materials for donation as follows: 46 pieces of umbrella, 17 pieces of CF bulbs, 22 pieces of dippers, 17 pieces of pails, 119 pairs of slippers, assorted children’s clothes, and nets.
The lantern was conceptualized by Ms. Maria Laura V. Ginoy, head of the Art and Desktop Section. She also chaired the design and production team consisting of Ms. Ma. Lourdes S. Agad (co-chair), Mr. Rizaldo Ramoncito S. Saliva, Mr. Daniel A. Coquilla, Mr. Arnul M. Magdurulan, Mr. Alvin J. Encarnacion, Mr. Doddie C. Bergado, members of the Audiovisual Group, Maintenance/Equipment Development Section, and the Printing Section. Dr. Aida I. Yap, Deputy Director for Administration, convened the Ad-Hoc Committee.
NISMED @ 49
NISMED celebrated its 49th anniversary on 20 November 2013. The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Fr. Jeba Suresh, a guest priest of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice. It was followed by a loyalty award ceremony, which recognized academic and administrative staff who have served the Institute for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years. Among the awardees were Ms. Pia C. Campo, Ms. Angelie SD. Domingo, Mr. Joseph M. Galdiano, Mr. Arnul M. Magdurulan, Mr. Nelson O. Mariano, Ms. Leosan R. Navalta, Ms. Dana M. Ong, Ms. Francisca C. Pio, Mr. Nilo M. Rocas, Ms. Monalisa Sasing, Mr. Rizaldo Ramoncito S. Saliva, and Ms. Cherry A. Velasco.
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, NISMED Director and Dr. Aida L. Yap, Deputy Director for Administration handed out the certificates of loyalty. The audience had a game on identifying baby pictures of the awardees and answering trivia questions about them.
In the afternoon, was the first of a series of public lectures which is a part of the year-long celebration of NISMED’s Golden Anniversary in November 2014, was held.
In-house Lecture on the US Common Core Standards
David Niguidula, Ed.D., gave a lecture on the US Standards and Student Work: How the Common Core is Changing Assignments and Assessments on 27 February 2013 at the NISMED’s STTC Conference Room. Teachers from the UP Integrated School, Commonwealth Elementary School, Old Balara Elementary School, Balara High School, and TechFactors Inc. joined NISMED staff in the said lecture.
In his lecture, Dr. Niguidula gave a brief overview of the “Common Core” standards that have been adopted by 46 of the 50 states in the US since 2010. The standards are an answer to the essential question: What should a student, at each grade level, know and be able to do? Schools at the local level, in turn, need to address the question: How do we know if students have achieved those standards? Dr. Niguidula also discussed how “standards-based reform” is affecting the kinds of assignments that students are asked to do – and the way teachers assess them. He presented common rubrics that help schools provide more consistent feedback to students. Towards the end of his talk, Dr. Niguidula showed how technology tools, from websites to camera phones, help schools keep track of student progress and help students create a richer picture of their achievements.
Dr. Niguidula is the founder of Ideas Consulting – an educational technology and professional development group based in the US. He has been a researcher in the field since 1983, and led the first major research project on Digital Portfolios for the Coalition of Essential Schools at Brown University. He has also been involved in research and curriculum development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He likewise served as a volunteer project staff of the NISMED’s Microcomputing Workgroup, forerunner of the Information Science Workgroup. He is a contributing author to Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World (ASCD, 2010). Dr. Niguidula received two bachelor’s degrees, one in computer science and another in education, at Brown University. He earned his doctorate at the Teachers College, Columbia University.
NISMED gets DOST-SEI Silver Pillar Award
NISMED was awarded a plaque of recognition by the Department of Science and Technology- Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) during its 25th anniversary celebration on 19 September 2012 held at the EDSA Shangrila Hotel. The Silver Pillar Award was given to NISMED in recognition of its valuable contributions in the development of science education in the country. NISMED has undertaken various programs and projects with DOST-SEI for the past 25 years.
Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, Director of NISMED, accepted the award on behalf of the Institute from DOST Undersecretary Dr. Fortunato de la Peña and DOST-SEI Director Dr. Filma G. Brawner. Dr. Aida I. Yap, Deputy Director for Administration, also attended the ceremony.
DOST and its attached agencies, the Science Education Institute (SEI) and Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) have had a history of partnership with NISMED. Some of the DOST projects undertaken with NISMED are the series of international mathematics and science studies (SISS 1984, TIMSS 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2008), the Science and Mathematics Education Manpower Development Project (SMEMDP), and Project RISE. The most recent DOST undertakings with NISMED include the following: Development of a Science Curriculum Framework, Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes for Effective Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics, and Interactive Courseware for Mathematics Grades 1. SEI recently tapped NISMED as one of the participating agencies for its new projects Interactive Courseware for Grades 2-6 Mathematics and Project HOTS: Hands-On Teaching of Science Through Inquiry.
Marikina Shoe Exchange professional development program for science and mathematics teachers of Commonwealth Elementary School
The Marikina Shoe Exchange, through the leadership of Dr. Victoria B. Villa sponsored a seminar-workshop for science and mathematics teachers of Commonwealth Elementary School on “Assessment and Collaborative Lesson Lesson Planning.” The Elementary School Mathematics (ESM) and Elementary School Science (ESS) Groups of NISMED conducted this on 27-31 May 2013. Thirty teachers of each subject area of each grade level, except for Grade 2, attended the seminar-workshop. The seminar -workshop included construction of TIMSS-based assessment items in mathematics and science, collaborative development of lessons incorporating the inquiry approach in science and the problem-solving approach in mathematics, presentation and critiquing of outputs.
The seminar-workshop started with an opening program attended by Dr. Victoria Villa, President of MSE, Mr. Rodolfo Modelo, Principal of CES and the UP NISMED academic staff. During the opening program, Dr. Villa delivered a short message on the importance of professional development; Mr. Modelo primarily thanked Dr. Villa and UP NISMED for always tapping their school in such efforts; and Dr. Ulep emphasized the importance of developing inquiry skills and hands-on teaching and learning.
There were plenary and parallel sessions for the mathematics and science groups of teachers. The first two days were devoted to workshops on TIMSS-based multiple-choice and constructed response test item construction. Before the workshop, UP NISMED staff presented some TIMSS-based assessment items aligned with the appropriate behavioral skills. Each group of teachers constructed and presented their test items, critiqued by the other teachers and the UP NISMED trainers. Revisions of the test-items were done after the critiquing sessions.
On the third day of the activity, Dr. Levi Elipane, an expert on Lesson Study, delivered a plenary session on the Lesson Study method and its importance in professional development among teachers and in quality learning among students. This was followed by a modelling of an inquiry-based science and problem-solving based mathematics lesson by UP NISMED staff in parallel sessions. Each group then engaged in goal-setting where the participants set goals that are “pupil-centered, relevant to real-life situations.” This goal guided their lesson development. Each group of teachers in grade levels represented were able to come up with a research lesson. These were presented and critiqued by other groups of teachers and UP NISMED staff before revision and submission of the same as their final outputs.
This activity ended with a closing program where certificates of participation were distributed and a couple of participants shared their impressions. Closing messages from Dr. Villa and Dr. Ulep highlighted the challenge to all teachers to help each other in improving inquiry and problem-solving skills among their pupils.
UP NISMED welcomes new staff
The opening of 2013 was a nice start for Ms. Sally B. Gutierez. Effective 9 January, she became a member of the team of science and mathematics education staff of NISMED, specifically the Elementary School Science Group as a Science Education Associate.
She earned her bachelor’s degree at UP Los Baños in 2004 and her master’s degree in Education major in Biology in UP Diliman as a UP Presidential Scholarship Grantee in 2012. As a full-time student of the scholarship program, she spent most of her time doing researches both in biology and in education-related areas of study. While still a graduate student, she attended various national and international conferences where she presented papers or posters. Even before she finished her thesis for a master’s degree, she was given the opportunity present the initial data at the Asian Bioethics Conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia last August 2012 and at the International Conference on Moral Education at the UP College of Education in November 2012.
Before joining NISMED, Ms. Gutierez was a volunteer teacher of the UP Ugnayan ng Pahinuńgod under the Gurong Pahinuńgod Program. According to her, this one-year volunteer teaching experience opened her eyes to the realities of the educational system especially in the remote areas of our country. Among the biggest problems she noticed in the school where she was assigned were poor classroom facilities, scarcity of books, lack of teacher expertise, insufficient number of teachers, and crowded classrooms. After a year as a Gurong Pahinuńgod, she joined a private school where she gained more expertise in the teaching profession.
“Finishing my master’s degree in two and a half years and the publishing a paper in an international journal are two of my biggest achievements to date effective 9 January 2013,” she states.
As a new member of the science academic staff, she envisions learning more and being adept at inquiry teaching techniques in science, collaborative lesson development and the difference facets of teacher training. Welcome to NISMED, Sally!
A New Module for Elementary School Science
NISMED announces the publication of a new module for classroom use titled Mixtures in the Kitchen. The module comes in two editions: one consists only of Pupils’ Activities which the individual pupil may acquire for himself or herself and on whose pages he/she may write down his or her answers. It is in a format that will hone the pupils’ reading and writing skills. But more importantly, these activities start with eliciting the pupils’ prior knowledge and provide key Filipino terms for some objects, verbs, and adjectives in line with the DepED policy encouraging use of the mother tongue to facilitate learning and understanding. The activities are inquiry-based, hands- on and minds-on. This means that they develop the manipulative as well as the science processes skills of inquiry, making use of concrete materials and allowing the learner to construct the ideas that will lead towards formulation of concepts close to or in line with current scientific knowledge and scientists’ views.
The other edition contains Teacher Materials aside from the Pupils’ Activities. This is for the teacher and contains an Overview of the unit, Reference to the PELC-BEC (as well as to the K to 12 Curriculum though the latter will not be implemented for the elementary grades until 2014 for Grade 3, Teaching Strategies Highlighted, Potential Sources of Misconceptions, Vocabulary, Teaching Plan for the Unit with the Lesson Plans, and Answers to Test Yourself, the summative test, as well as to the formative questions in each activity.
P120 for the Teacher’s Edition
P 60 for the Pupils’ Edition
NISMED Comes Out with Book of Assessment Items for Elementary School Science
Assessment Items in Elementary School Science is a collection of multiple choice and constructed response items under the major content domains found in the Philippine Elementary Learning Competencies-Basic Education Curriculum (PELC-BEC) namely: People, Animals, Plants, Materials, Energy, Force and Motion, Earth, Weather, and Space. They are classified under the TIMSS cognitive domains of Factual Information and Conceptual Understanding for Grades 1 and 2 plus the third domain of Reasoning and Analysis from Grades 3 to 6.
These 20 or so items per grade level have been subjected to tryouts with students, item analyses, revision and review by NISMED subject area specialists, and scientists specialized in the life sciences, physical sciences, and earth sciences.
They may be used by teachers to serve as models for summative assessment as well as for formative assessment with modifications.
It is hoped that these kinds of items will eventually alter the way teachers teach and what students learn. It is also hoped that teachers will learn to construct items similar to these and develop the science process/inquiry skills among school children.
The book costs P150.
Lesson Study: Planning Together, Learning Together (In press)
New video package on Basura out
A 12-minute video on CD titled Basura: Banta sa Kalusugan was launched on 20 November 2012 during NISMED’s 48th anniversary. Designed to encourage proper disposal of wastes to safeguard health, it may also be used in lessons on the sense organs, materials, life cycles of insects, properties of matter, as well as physical and chemical change. The package includes a teaching guide suggesting questions to be asked while viewing, post-viewing activities, and strategies to be used for teaching the incorporated topics.
NISMED has a new website. Check it out at http://nismed.upd.edu.ph. The public will find information about NISMED there: its mandate, functions, staff, publications, services, facilities, activities and programs. The sliding panels show the functions of NISMED—to conduct research, develop curriculum materials, train teachers and perform extension activities along these areas.
Linked to this main site are other sites for specific public services:
1. AgiMατ stands for Agham, Impormasyon, at Matematika. It contains Science and Mathematics Resources for Teaching (http://curriculum.nismed.upd.edu.ph/). Teachers will find worksheets, lessons, presentations, videos and podcasts for classroom use and for teacher development in this site.
2. For lesson study experiences shared with teachers go to http://nismedlessonstudy.wordpress.com/. Teachers who want to learn more about lesson study can go to this site and read about the experiences of teachers who are doing lesson study in their schools.
3. GeoGebra (http://gip-manila.wikispaces.com/) is a free software for teaching science and mathematics. It is free and you do not have to be connected to the internet to use it. It is easy to learn and works according to the logic of mathematics. It is power is at par with commercial software. NISMED uses it and promotes it among teachers.
NISMED a Participant in Waste Management Project of OVCRD-CoEng’g
NISMED is participating as a study site in an OVCRD-College of Engineering research on “Solid and Hazardous Waste Management in UP Diliman.” OVCRD stands for Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development. It awarded a Source of Solutions (SOS) research grant to the College of Engineering to do the following:
- characterize the solid and hazardous wastes being generated by academic buildings, dormitories, offices, public and commercial spaces, and residential areas in terms of composition and volume;
- recommend improvements in the waste management system of the campus including: collection, design of storage bins, treatment and storage of electronic and hazardous wastes;
- define the necessary hard and soft infrastructure to be able to implement the solid waste management system and to estimate its cost.
Dr. Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling, Dr. Mark Daniel G. de Luna, and Dr. Augustus C. Resurreccion of the College of Engineering are leading the three(3) subcomponents on academic units and commercial and public spaces, hazardous wastes, and residential wastes, respectively.
A member of the research team, Manuel Sy, coordinated with Soledad Sagun, NISMED’s Administrative Officer, in the training of cleaners who sorted and weighed NISMED wastes.
|Seminar-Workshops Short-Term Courses
The University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development regularly offers seminar-workshops as part of its commitment to help upgrade the competencies of science and mathematics teachers and supervisors in the country. These courses provide an experiential base and motivation for further activity and learning in science and mathematics education for the teacher-participants through innovative and learner-centered teaching strategies. They aim to hone participants’ understanding of concepts, processes, and thinking skills in science and mathematics at the basic education level, as well as to increase their pedagogical content knowledge.UP NISMED can conduct specially designed seminar-workshops at other venues for a minimum of 15 trainees upon request. In such cases, the requesting party shall bear the cost of transportation and accommodation of the training staff. Arrangements, indicating the number of prospective trainees and proposed dates and venues, should be made with the Office of the Director. Time schedule of courses: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. For inquiries and reservation, please contact or write to:
UP NISMED, E. Quirino Ave., UP Campus
Diliman, Quezon City 1101Tel/fax: (02) 9283545
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The preregistration form, accompanied with full payment of the fee (either in cash, postal money order or manager’s check payable to UP NISMED) must be received at least two weeks before the start of the seminar-workshop.
When registration is cancelled by the participant, only 80% of the fee may be refunded. The fee is fully refundable only if UP NISMED cancels the seminar-workshop. Preregistrants will be informed of any cancellation. Refund takes about a month to process.
All seminar-workshops will be conducted for a minimum of 15 participants. Walk-in participants cannot be admitted if the maximum of 30 participants per seminar-workshop has been met.