The teacher as learner, in Ayala Foundation’s Training Institute

The most effective teachers are also constant learners. Each moment can serve as a learning experience; their desire to understand the world around them inspires children—even adults—to become more open to opportunities for learning.

As our contribution to keeping the fires of learning alive in our teachers, Ayala Foundation stepped up our Training Institute program this September, coinciding with the nationwide celebration of National Teachers Month.

The Training Institute conducted learning and mentoring sessions for a total of 172 teachers, principals, and district supervisors from Sagay, Negros Occidental; Cagayan de Oro City; and Iloilo City.

The Training Institute focuses on four essential elements for lifelong learning—classroom pedagogy, development of critical thinking skills, values clarification, and use of technology in the classroom. Aside from intensive sessions, the Training Institute offers year-round mentoring for the teachers and principals. Since its inception, the Training Institute has been brought to seven schools, and have reached over 500 teachers and principals.

“As a new principal, it’s my first time to attend a training conducted by the Ayala Foundation—very heartwarming!” said Mabel Magallon, principal of the Father William F. Masterson Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro City. “It reminded me of myself that I am a teacher and will always be a teacher and not only a principal. I am a servant leader. I am a mentor and a coach, too. As educators, we play a big role in breaking the chain of poverty by molding the future learners.”


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