Teacher Aljean intentionally planned the day’s session by giving an interactive learner-centered activity on the concept of “Parts of the Body”. She made use of blank manila papers, markers and other coloring materials. She grouped the class and with her assistance, each group traced the actual body of a specific member. After the body has been traced, the group drew and named its parts according to how they see it in their classmate’s body.
Teacher Aljean acknowledges that the traditional method of introducing the lesson by showing flashcards may still work but she also knows that lengthy class discussions where the teacher presents/feeds every information would bore the class. When she was facilitating this learner-centered activity, she had all her pupils’ engagement from the start until the end. Her pupils shared their stories about their bodies, they asked questions, suggested some ideas and even cheered for each other. When their outputs were being posted on the classroom wall, their eyes lit up as they felt a great sense of pride and joy over their accomplishment/creation. And the best part of this activity is that the higher order thinking skills of her pupils were developed and at the same time, she got to know her pupils through their fruitful conversations in the classroom.
T. Aljean is a Junior Casa adviser in the Bearcub and Joey sections. She has been in MDSF for 3 years. She loves to be surrounded by people who are pure in heart in spirit a.k.a children. One day, T. Aljean hopes to continue her education by enrolling in graduate school and learn more about early childhood development and teaching strategies.