Category Archives: Philippine education

K3 in K-12: Are We Ready? (The Verdict)

When Grade Three got its taste on the new curriculum, beginning with the mass training of teachers last May, we were dreading the worse. And as the new school year opened a month after, I had my sleepless stressed nights, countless ink toners used,  aching hands and fingers (from typing LPs), got disconcerted several times, can you teach without Teachers’ Guide? Can the pupils learn without the LM? As teachers, we are known to do things impossible possible — ways and means (para-paraan lang) K-12 in Grade Three had its labor pains in the first trimester – it was soooo depressing and frustrating.

When the LMs (Learner’s Material) slowly arrive in batches (we already have five out of eight), we checked the books and were disappointed with the content. We felt that these LMs were written, but not carefully thought of with the learners in mind (I hope I’m wrong in this notion) compared with the RBEC, the books (in RBEC) were okay. And as a teacher handling Araling Panlipunan with focus on the learner’s region, another challenge came up. No LM in AP yet, and all TGs and LMs are in the pdf. We got no resource book for the region, so we have no choice but to exhaust all ways and means (para-paraan lang).

But if there’s one positive note about K-12, it’s the teachers themselves who utilized their abilities, creativity, and technology to share their input to their fellow teachers. And personally, I am thankful for the different Facebook groups who cater to the needs of the teachers and learners who are under the K-12. With the likes of Kto12 Grade Three Teachers Group F, Kto12 Grade Three Materials, Taga Deped Ako (TDA), etc., teaching in K-12 became quite bearable because of their output that  helped a lot of teachers like me. I am hoping that by next school year, which opening is just weeks away, all our problems and concerns would be answered by providing LMs and TGs, for instance.

And as I’m editing and finishing this blog entry, the Grade Four teachers are now undergoing seminar-training for K-12. Keeping my fingers crossed, but I know that they will be having the same labor pains that we had last school year.

And to answer the question posed by my blog’s entry? Give this curriculum a chance. To keep up with the rest of the world, the Philippines has to update herself to the latest educational trends. While it is true that old problems still exist, and with the advent of K12, the problems still prevail (teachers’ salary woes, lack of schools, classrooms, teachers, etc) I’m quite optimistic that by careful and planning ahead (c’mon, the Department of Education has many intellectuals there–tee hee!) these problems will be solved in due time, (I hope not in 30 years time!)

Which brings to mind my sister’s personal experience when she worked in Taiwan as senior IT consultant. Her colleague, a local, openly compared himself with her, in terms of their position. She was a senior consultant, he, who had acquired K-12 education there, mentioned that he had 12 years of basic education, while she has ten, and four years in college. But my sister has been working for almost ten years already then, hence, she has more work experience than him. Well, in spite of that, they remain friends up to now, even after her contract ended three years later.

The curriculum looks promising at the onset. Let us give K-12 a chance.


On #Linangan2014 and Campus Journalism





     When I saw this ad posted at the FB PNU site, It was like I had my “Eureka” moment.  As a former SPA of our school paper (still in its infancy and no published school paper yet), I instantly clicked “Going” to the event. Though this school year I’m no longer the school English Journalism coordinator, I still support our student pen pushers in the hope of getting some of the spotlight during the Division School Paper Conference and Contests for their efforts in this field. In my three years as English SPA, I admit that my knowledge is not that extensive. I teach and train our school campus journalists based from what I have read and learned from the seminar-workshops I have attended. But for the past two years, our Division has not held any seminar-workshops (probably it’s financially broke). So this Linangan2014 was like an answered prayer.

     Problem is, the school MOOE surely won’t finance me and my colleagues. I had to shell out from my own broken pocket. (insert sighing sound)

     Since my two colleagues could not join me, I had no choice but to attend the seminar all by my lonesome.

     I have my reasons for attending Linangan2014. First, it’s updating myself on the Editorial Cartooning category (my favorite and my expertise) and second, it’s all about JOURNALISM. i like writing though I’m not that good at it. I like Journalism because it rhymes with Freedom. (never mind the comparison. Moving on…)

     Campus Journalism is still in its infancy in my school, when I was given responsibility to train and manage a group of clueless Grade Six pupils how to WRITE. Way back in 2011, I asked the batch if they like reading newspapers, they said they were not really that exposed to reading newspapers, but can you write for the newspaper? They said that they would love to, but they were not confident on their English. I knew then that this would take time to turn them into seasoned writers, but alas, they graduated on March. So I have to train another batch. Another problem was that, I am a grade three teacher so I had no link whatsoever with the Grade Six.  I would just pick from those recommended by the Section One adviser for training for contests. 

     I thought  that by attending this seminar, I would be learning a lot, this time, from the practitioners in the field. The big leagues, I mean. Not that the facilitators from the seminars held in my own Division are not experts, but then, their bylines (meaning these facilitators at Linangan2014) appear in a blog, or in a paper of national circulation, or in a website.

     The keynote speakers were Mr. Tonyo Cruz, a blogger and The Manila Bulletin columnist. He was an engaging speaker, using Taglish in his talk to the audience, mostly composed of college students. I think 30 – 40 percent of the audience were SPAs like me, (Hey, correction myself, I’m no longer an SPA, I’m a trainor na lang.) He talked about journalism per se, what a campus journalist should remember… Ask questions, question everything. Don’t forget the Two Torches (he was not referring to the campus paper of PNU, The Torch), the power of the media and the changes through the years; he even talked about the plight of our education,,,he even expressed his support for the teachers’ clamor for salary increase. 

     The next speaker was Ms. Arlene Burgos from ABS-CBN News Digital Media and News and Current Affairs and Journalism Lecturer from Ateneo de Manila University. She talked about the New Media and the power of the Social Media. She said that Social Media is Mobile, is Young, She discussed how Mobile Media affects and influences the minds of the people using mobile technology. 

     After the 40-minute lunch break, the participants were advised to attend which category he/she prefers since two lectures of the categories will be held simultaneously. Ang hirap huh! Being all by my lonesome, I had no choice but to attend the lectures that I deemed important. (Actually, they are all important, but there were ten topics to be discussed from 12:00 to 5:00p.m! 

     I attended Feature Writing lectured by Ms. Janess Ann J. Ellao. I attended this topic because I had a hard time training my former writers in this category. Next was the Campus Paper Management lecture by Mr. Jesus (I call him Sir Jess, not Robredo hehe) Valencia Jr. I enjoyed his lecture because HE really is a teacher. He even showed a video that touched our hearts. Next was the Editorial Writing by Prof. V.R. Fumar of PNU. Next was Editorial Cartooning by freelance cartoonist Mr, Bladimir Usi, in which I learned so much; and Photojournalism by Mr. Pher Pasion which gave an interesting and more extensive talk on the topic.

     I enjoyed the whole day affair that I realize I didn’t fall asleep during long talks (which I do, hehe), Despite being alone (but not lonely) at the Linangan2014, I learned a lot, and for sure, I would be sharing a lot to my colleagues and my cartoonist come training time.  Thank you PNU Torch Alumni Association, Inc. for coming up with seminar-workshops like this one because it’s like a refresher course on Journalism for SPAs and trainors. And thank God for the opportunity to return to my sometime Alma Mater where I earned my Education units and MA units. 

     Until next Linangan!


K3 (K12), Are we ready?

It has been two years since the K12 curriculum was introduced in the Philippine education setting.  And for the past two years, I have heard my colleagues from Grades One and Two complaining about the seemingly rushed implementation of K1 and K2 and the problems that go with it.  Image


Among the problems cited were lack or incomplete modules that would be been used, and the confusion in the computation of grades that resulted in more confusion for the Grade One teachers who have been implementing K1 on its second year.

Beginning this school year, it will be the turn of the Grade Three to implement the new curriculum with changes like Mother Tongue as an additional subject; Sibika reverts back to Araling Panlipunan with focus on the learner’s home region; and the return of MAPEH (Music, Arts, PE and Health).

On the outset, I admit, the K to 12 curriculum looks promising. It’s been more than a decade since the RBEC curriculum was introduced with questions and apprehensions from the stakeholders. And since K+12 took flight, it’s been bombarded by questions, issues, and apprehensions from the stakeholders.

Ah, the woes!

When we attended the Mass Training for Grade Three last month, seriously, I was left hanging. While I commend the hard working speakers/facilitators introduced us to the new curriculum, I felt that this new curriculum would bring us headaches, stress and tears.

And I was right.

Now that it’s been almost a month since classes opened, only one LM was sent to our school, EsP (Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao). No TGs (Teachers’ Guide) no LMs (Learner’s Material) in other subjects so far… We resort to working on our LPs thru the computer, printing the pdf files of our TGs and LMs at our expense. Wow.

The Division Office is financially broke. Woe to the teachers!

So we have to do what we have to teach our learners.

When do we get our resources to be more inspired to implement this curriculum? Next year?