NISMED Staff Conduct Lesson Study Seminar-Workshop in CDO

The MAPSES members during their lesson study planning session.

Dr. Amelia Punzalan and Arlene de la Cruz of UP NISMED conducted a three-day seminar workshop on Lesson Study and Science Inquiry on 27-29 November 2013 at Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) College of Policy Studies, Education and Management in cooperation with the Mathematics and Physical Science Educators Society (MAPSES) in Cagayan de Oro City. The workshop was attended by 56 participants composed of 40 MAPSES (20 Math and 20 Physical Sciences majors) 8 MUST faculty, and 8 teachers from Macasandig National High School and Cagayan de Oro National High School. The 40 MAPSES members are currently doing the lesson study for their practicum sessions in the MUST laboratory school and in the Cagayan de Oro high schools.

Lesson Study Research Teams Present in 2013 National Conference

Ms. Remedios Peralta-Danao presenting her paper during the parallel sessions.

Several teams of teachers, together with NISMED staff, doing lesson study across the country presented their papers during the National Conference on 22-24 October 2013 at the STTC Building, UP NISMED. Their papers were aligned to one of the objectives of the conference which was to promote lesson study as a professional development model to enhance the capability of teachers in implementing the K to 12 curriculum for mathematics and science. Especially for the schools under the Collaborative Lesson Research Development (CLRD) project of NISMED, their participation in the conference served as a venue to share their lesson study experiences as well as one of their professional development activities which promote inquiry-based science and problem solving-based mathematics teaching. Below is the list of teachers who presented during the NCSME 2013 which had for its theme “Empowering Teachers for the k to Curriculum through Lesson Study”:

Research Papers
(Under the CLRD Project)


Institutions/ School

Improving understanding of fractions in Grade I through lesson study Amante, Joanna Marie G., et al. Commonwealth Elementary School, Quezon City
Impact of CLRD Project in mathematics instructions Bancelagan, Nomerto E., et al.  Sta. Lucia High School, Pasig City
Professional and personal development of five physics teachers through lesson study Camba, Rollie D., et al. North Fairview High School, Quezon City
Exploring the impact of lesson study on teaching and learning: A case of NFHS chemistry lesson study group Austria, Melalaine B., et al. North Fairview High School, Quezon City
Developing a lesson on measurement through lesson study Amante, Joanna Marie G., et al. Commonwealth Elementary School, Quezon City
Lesson study: Insights of a science head teacher Nazareth, Michael A. North Fairview High School, Quezon City
Collaborative lesson research of Grade IV teachers from Commonwealth Elementary School Guarino, Juvy C., et al. Commonwealth Elementary School, Quezon City
Developing pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) on “changing seasons” through lesson study Molina, Joseph M., et al. Sta. Lucia High School, Pasig City
The evolution of an approach for teaching addition and subtraction of integers in a lesson study Tesorio, Elfida P., et. al. Sta. Lucia High School, Pasig City
Collaborative learning from the research lesson on “sense of touch” through lesson study Trinidad, Rosalina P., et al. Upper Bicutan Elementary School, Taguig City
Getting started in collaborative planning and implementation in R.P. Cruz, Sr. Elementary School Efondo, Mary Joy, et al. Ricardo P. Cruz, Sr. Elementary School, Taguig City
Teaching mathematics in the context of natural disasters Tandoc, Rose, et al. Sta. Lucia High School, Pasig City
Improving teacher instructions through lesson study Cruz, Abelardo Jr., R., et al. Sta. Lucia High School, Pasig City
Students asking their questions: An introduction to inquiry Nudo, Lea P., et al. Rizal High School, Pasig City
Implementing of a research lesson on the sense of hearing in Tenement Elementary School Besario, Clotilde T., et al. Tenement Elementary School

Research Papers
(NISMED-staff initiated)


Institutions/ School

Developing questioning skills and confidence of pre-service teachers in teaching science to Grade II and Grade IV pupils with hearing impairment through lesson study Abucayan, Indira Bianca P., et al. Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City
The effect of lesson study on students’ performance in science in two selected schools: A Pilot study Leynesa, Elizabeth L., et al. Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, Camarines Sur
Fostering collaboration among science teachers through lesson study Peralta- Danao,  Remdios Batasan Hills National High School, Quezon City

According to some teachers, the collaborative lesson planning inspired them to become lifelong learners, who create engaging and meaningful lessons. With immediate feedbacks from “knowledgeable others”, they become more reflective in the way they teach. According to Ms. Remedios Peralta-Danao of Batasan Hills National High School, Quezon City, “Through lesson study, I realized that I can be a professional who can institute change not only in the classroom but to the larger community.” Ms. Leonida Quilingin of Upper Bicutan Elementary School further stressed that, “Teachers must continue on doing lesson study and to think not only on their own classes as they collaboratively plan and constructively construct the research lessons.”

Lesson Study Gains

1.   NEW book  NOW in press!  Lesson study: Planning together, learning together 

The book is the first of a 2-part lesson study publication of NISMED which aims to address the on-going search for a sustainable model of professional development of Filipino science and mathematics teachers facing numerous challenges such as large classes and lack of resources. The book documents actual learning experiences of university researchers, teachers and students in science and mathematics classes through lesson study.

Lesson study is a form of reflective teaching cum lesson development through collaboration of teachers and researchers or “knowledgeable others” in a systematic assessment of classroom practices.  It is a well-established strategy that promotes positive gains for both teachers and students from preschool to university levels.

2.   3rd Cycle  of the 3-year Lesson Study Project (2010-2013)

The High School Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry groups and partner schools have completed the 3rd cycle of the 3-year lesson study project that began in 2010.  The corresponding study lessons were implemented in the classrooms twice except for the Elementary School Mathematics group which implemented a research lesson only once.  In summary, seven (7) study groups were able to conduct  3 complete cycles: 4 in mathematics, 2 in chemistry and 1 in physics.

3.   Ligao National High School Lesson Study

Two NISMED staff conducted a 2-day visit cum mentoring for the science teachers of Ligao National High School on Jan 15 – 16, 2013. The school  requested for a 4-day seminar workshop on lesson study held at NISMED in August 2012 for 16 science teachers of Ligao National High School.  In 2011, their mathematics teachers also had a 4-day seminar workshop.  Lesson study has helped the science teachers to collaboratively prepare lessons and increase learning gains for both teachers and students.

Digital Glossary in K to 10 Science and Mathematics

A project proposal for the development of digital glossaries in science, mathematics and technology from grades  K to 10   was endorsed by the UP Diliman Chancellor for funding to DOST PCIEERD – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.  The project aims to provide basic high quality instructional materials in English, Filipino and 8 major Philippine languages and in support of the multilingual education of DepEd.  Moreover, digitization helps disseminate the materials quickly and efficiently to teachers, students and other users.

The science and mathematics groups are now in the process of gathering words and writing definitions with the hope that this project will push through.

NISMED conducts research related to the development of teaching and learning materials.

Collaborative Lessons Research Development (CLRD)

Dr. Erlina Ronda (right) meets with the High School Mathematics 1 CLRD Group of Sta. Lucia High School composed of (left to right) Annie Jose,  Eflida Tesorio, Paula Sylvia, Ronald Locasia, and Diana Santa Rosa.

NISMED is introducing Collaborative Lesson Research and Development (CLRD), a school-based model of continuing professional development for teachers. This is an adaptation of lesson study which originated in Japan. The aim of CLRD is to ultimately improve student learning by enhancing the competence of teachers as they collaboratively plan, implement, and improve lessons guided by a long-term goal and subgoals that they formulate.

NISMED Staff Publish Article in a Thomson Reuters ISI-Listed Journal

The research paper titled “Using Art-Based Chemistry Activities to Improve Student’ Conceptual Understanding in Chemistry” was published in the Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 88: 1610-1615 December, 2011. The paper aimed to determine the effects of art-based chemistry activities (ABCA) on high school students’ conceptual understanding in chemistry. The positive effect of the intervention on the conceptual understanding of students in chemistry stemmed from the creation and display of chemistry artwork by the students in the activities. The opportunities for the students to communicate their knowledge of chemistry through their creation of artwork contributed to their conceptual understanding.

The Journal of Chemical Education is the official journal of the Division of Chemical Education of the  American Chemical Society, co-published with the American Chemical Society Publications Division. It is the world’s premier chemical education journal listed in the Thomson Reuters Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). It publishes peer-reviewed articles and related information as a resource to those in the field of chemical education and to those institutions that serve them. The journal serves as a means of communication among people across the world who are interested in the teaching and learning of chemistry. This includes instructors of chemistry from middle school through graduate school, professional staff that support these teaching activities, as well as some scientists in commerce, industry, and the government.
The paper was authored by Mr. Dennis L. Danipog and Dr. Marlene B. Ferido – both members of the Chemistry Group.