Multiple Nutrient Deficiencies among School Age Children

Most parents and even teachers know how difficult it can be to get their children to eat healthy food, and it is so vital that they do.

Research has shown that most school children are deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral, and many have multiple deficiencies. Most preschool children do not meet the RNI (Recommended Nutritional Intake) for zinc.

One of the problems encountered was that when children (and adults, of course) are deficient in zinc, they have low-functioning taste buds and very little sense of taste or smell, so they want strong-tasting foods, i.e. strong tasting junk food. Healthy food does not taste nice enough. It takes a while to get children to change their taste buds. Continue reading “Multiple Nutrient Deficiencies among School Age Children”

Mother Tongue Teaching

The Department of Education (DepEd) recently implemented policies in utilizing one’s mother tongue as the medium of instruction. The agency had decided to pursue with such guidelines to be able to harmonize and reorganize the production of indigenized teaching and learning materials. They will also conduct monitoring and evaluation of the DepEd’s mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE). By this means, children will easily learn and enter the unfamiliar world of school learning.

The MTB-MLE program will definitely provide a link between home and school.

This program will be implemented from preschool up to Grade 3 and in the alternative learning system.

Behavioral Approaches in Teaching

Many teachers, on first hearing about behavioral approaches to teaching understanding react by saying, “But that’s what we do already!” And to a certain extent this is true. It seems unlikely that many teachers are employing behavioral techniques effectively; otherwise there would be fewer harassed teachers! The confusion arises as a result of teachers sometimes dismissing the behavioral approach as obvious or common sense, without paying sufficient attention to certain key principles which under print the whole system. The techniques advocated are indeed very similar, if not identical, to the procedures utilized by many skilled teachers, nor is this surprising  since few children would learn very much, that is useful and desirable if these principles were not sometimes being followed.

But there are differences which are easy to gloss over in a spirit of self righteousness. The most important of these is undoubtedly consistency. How many teachers have been trained to do so but this is one of the keys to success, as we shall to do so, but this is one of the keys to success, as we shall see, one cannot expect to achieve success with the behavioral approach unless the principles are followed consistently. Continue reading “Behavioral Approaches in Teaching”

The Role of the Teacher in Elementary Education

The term teacher denotes the noblest of all professions. It is a profession that calls for a public service and sacrifice. Teaching is a public trust and such a teacher should render service as expected of him as a molder of the youth. He should be a symbol of dignity and honor in both his words and actions for the youth to emulate.

The teacher should try to implement all the thrusts of the government and Department of Education in order to help produce and develop an all around citizen, versatile and productive individual ready to help in the efforts for nation building.

The teacher prime responsibility is to develop among the youth, the value that is necessary to make our future citizens value-oriented, nationalistic, and peace loving people on order to attain an enduring peace in our country.

Cooperative Learning

It develops academic skills and social skills as a matter of fact there are academic and social gains in Cooperative Learning such as:

  1. Increase in academic achievement and promote their cognitive growth
  2. Promotes controversy
  3. Promotes development of children’s self-esteem
  4. Promotes pupils acceptance and difference
  5. View their teacher as more fair than those who do not use cooperative learning

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How to Teach Art to Children

Art is making of images. It enables us to see life as art and that is its value. What we see depends on what we know. The more perspective we bring to a particular work, the more we can see it as representing this or that. In Art, we can afford to say “I know what I like” only if we first know what we are seeing.

Filipinos are world-class painters. We are proud to have Juan Luna, who was famous for his “Spoliarium“. We also had Damian Domingo, Felix Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, Victor Edades, and Maestro Vicente Manansala. All of them were artistically gifted and well-known for their outstanding masterpieces. Continue reading “How to Teach Art to Children”

K-12 Basic Education Curriculum Roll Out

The K to 12 Program is the Aquino administration’s answer to an urgent need of enhancing Philippine education. This K+12 program is a mandatory preschool education for 5-year-old children and additional 2 years of senior high school for all students. Through this program, Malacañang assumes that learners have time to master  the expected competencies, endow them a lifelong learning, and generate graduates who are geared up for tertiary education, employment and entrepreneurship.

The new curriculum gives concentration on the essential subjects such as Mathematics, Science and English with competencies and skills that develop learners into well-rounded, more holistic and globally competitive individual. With the K-12 program, graduates will be recognized abroad and allow them to get employment on local and foreign industries with the use of certificate of proficiency or certificate of competency awarded by Technical Education Skills Development (TESDA). Continue reading “K-12 Basic Education Curriculum Roll Out”

Real Causes of Pupil Dropouts

Teacher plays a vital role in the educational program of every child. He is not only a dispenser of knowledge so to speak. He must be a model to the pupils, an inspiration to everyone, a motivator of learning, and parent to the learners in the school. In short, he is one who is being looked upon by his pupils as an individual possessing the good qualities, traits, and abilities which could shape the future of the learners.

Speaking of failures in school, some of the causes of pupil dropout are home environment, and even teacher factor. If the teacher fails to identify some of the causes that affect learning in children, then dropping out from school will surely happen. Continue reading “Real Causes of Pupil Dropouts”

ICT in Campus Journalism

Campus journalism plays vital role in the life of very pupil thus thru RA 7079, journalism becomes a great part of every campus writer. Students are trained to be sensitive and just in expressing their views and commentaries on certain issues through the print media, and for some, through on air broadcasts. Artist-journalists spoof these issues through cartoons and caricatures.

Just like the professional journalists, campus journalists have gone a long way as far as information and communication of news are concerned. Many are now using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). More schools are now equipped with high-tech facilities needed in gathering, writing, producing, and reporting of news events. Gone were the days when school events were heard, read, and known very late. Thus, interest on the news was lost. Gone were the days when field reporters had to contend themselves with their papers and pencils to record news events and old-type cameras to take pictures of significance; and gone were the days when journalists had to carry the bulky, heavy, and old typewriter to write their news (I remember our school’s first issue of school paper was printed using pentel pens and crayons to give color effects to pictures and drawings, and recopied them using a copier machine ). Continue reading “ICT in Campus Journalism”