by: April Joy Locsin – Bacolod Philippines
Last May 19-21, 2016 I joined the Pueblo Science seminar at Ateneo de Iloilo. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to experience it. My passion for science was awakened. I was very inspired by the Pueblo Science trainers’ personalities; they were very humble and intelligent. To do my part after the training I enthusiastically volunteered to share what we had learned from Pueblo Science during our In-Service Training in the Department of Education. Our principal wanted us to provide insights and do activities that would make the first day of class enjoyable and exciting. My co-teachers were all fascinated by and interested in the science tricks that I showed them. Our principal mentioned that if other teachers would present the way I did the students would surely be motivated to learn. I replied that the credit goes to Pueblo Science for teaching us.
In the Philippines teachers are encouraged to create their own style of presenting the lesson in a fun way. This is to help attain the Department of Education’s aim of achieving zero dropout rate and 100% promotion rate. Since students’ attendance and motivation to learn rely on how the teacher presents the lesson, teachers like me are responsible for inspiring the students to acquire and keep the desire to finish school. I am very excited to present the lessons I have learned from Pueblo Science to my students. There will be a change of attitude among them for sure. They will find out that science is not a difficult subject to learn even if laboratory facilities and apparatuses are inadequate. Instead, they will learn that it is something that is enjoyable and that learning can be very effective using materials that are readily available in our community. I look forward to Pueblo Science’s next workshop in the Philippines. I hope to learn more fun-filled science activities and other science tricks.
Thank you so much!