CENTEX teacher-training highlights significance of ‘weaving connections’

Eighty-four teachers from Talipanan Mangyan Elementary School, Buklod Bahayan Daycare Center, Food for Hungry Minds School, the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) in Batangas and Manila took part in this year’s teacher-training program, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and Co., Prospero World, and Ayala Foundation Inc. 

Entitled “Weaving Connections,” the three-day training focused on developing critical and caring thinking skills, and sustaining a network of collaboration among the teachers where best strategies and methodology on teaching can be shared.

Speakers included University of the Philippines Professor Zosimo Lee who focused on the importance of developing critical and caring thinking skills.  Now on his second year as trainer for CENTEX, Dr. Lee led the workshop in developing materials and resources to aid teachers in using the Philosophy for Children in the classroom. CENTEX Program Manager Mariecar Fernando facilitated the discussion on 21st Century Learning Design.  Other best teaching practices and how these have impacted achievement in the classroom were also discussed.

In the midst of the many challenges teachers face, CENTEX also saw the need to help them maintain balance.  Ayala Foundation Director for Strategy, Communications and Partner Care Nature Marie Calderon led the session on developing mindfulness.

The annual training ended with an inspirational message delivered by Rebecca Presentacion, principal at Talipanan Mangyan Elementary School in Puerto Galera.  She emphasized the need not only of the mind but more of the heart in understanding the child.

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