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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Olongapo Teacher from NEBES is an outstanding teacher

Nellie E. Brown Elementary School Teacher Ms. Eva B. Imingan won in the Metrobank Foundation's Most Outstanding Teacher of the Philippines.

“Outstanding teachers are like the Biblical treasure hidden in the fields.” says METROBANK Foundation Inc. president Aniceto Sobrepeña.

Mayor Bong Gordon presented a plaque of commendation and medal of excellence to Mrs. Imingan during the city's flag ceremony held at Rizal Triangle

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The country’s most prestigious award for teachers, the 2009 Search for Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines formal awarding will be on September 4 and will be the highlight of the 47th anniversary celebration of Metrobank.

There are four winners each in the primary and secondary levels and two in the tertiary level. Each winner will get P300,000 cash, part of which will go to faculty development of his/her school, plus a medal and a trophy.

A total of 173 teachers joined the 25th edition of the search that gives “special recognition to teachers who manifest profound commitment to the development of the youth through exemplary competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and an effective educational leadership.”

The finalists were interviewed by the final board of judges co-chaired by Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Muntinlupa City Representative Rozzano Rufino Biazon.

Members of the board of judges included Ricardo Saludo, chairman of the Civil Service Commission; Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez; Dr. Ma. Cristina Padolina, president of Centro Escolar University and former higher education commissioner; Cecilia Lazaro, president of Probe Productions, Inc.; and Dr. Cecilio Pedro, chief executive officer and president of Lamoiyan Corp.

Each finalist was asked a set of questions, such as: What makes you proud to be a Filipino? What do you think should be the main education agenda of the next President of the Philippines? Why have you not left your job for greener pastures? Why should a teacher spend time on community development?

Before the panel interviews, the finalists were asked to write a short essay on why they deserve to win the Metrobank Foundation award as one of the country’s most outstanding teachers.

The semifinalists were asked to make a 15- to 20-minute teaching demonstration of their respective subjects.

The 20 national finalists were chosen from 40 regional finalists who were selected based on personal qualities and character, instructional competence and teaching effectiveness, as well as community involvement.

The city is proud to have such a teacher as Ms. Imingan, and this writer is proud to have had a chance to participate in such worthy endeavor.

Kgd. Piano tackles ‘skill development’ to 50 kids

“Dream big for yourself and put them into action.”

This is the theme of the story entitled “A Beautiful Dreamer” which City Councilor and Olongapo Skills Training Center Director Edwin J. Piano, had retold to some 50 school children of Nellie E. Brown Elementary School (NEBES) during the Read-Aloud and Storytelling Session held at the school Extensive Reading Center (ERC).

The NEBES Read-Aloud and Storytelling Session is a monthly reading-aloud activity where professionals and other community leaders are invited to read or retell stories that could inspire the schoolchildren.

A PDI-Inspired Activity

This reading program was introduced to the school by Mrs. Eva B. Imingan, the District English/Reading Coordinator which aims to promote genuine love for reading among children through reading-aloud strategy – an idea that was inspired by the Read-Along Session of the Philippine Daily Inquirer where celebrities / community leaders were invited to tell stories to schoolchildren in the public schools.

Meaningful Reading Project

This reading project seeks to enhance children’s reading experiences by presentation of literature of various genres by the invited guest storyteller; with connection to the content subjects they have in their classroom.

This activity was made possible through the support of the school principals Mrs. Reolita R. Ecura and District Supervisor, Dr. Ramil G. Gonzales.

Said program of the school is now on its second year of implementation with the approval from Dr. Ligaya B. Monato, the Schools Division Superintendent.

A Reader today is a Leader tomorrow

The story, “The Beautiful Dreamer” – a Chinese fable, tries to share and point out the value of hard work and perseverance in reaching out for one’s goals in pursuing dreams in life. It is also about learning the necessary skills to be able to survive the challenges of life in these times of economic crisis. Unemployment is just one of the many problems that affect our country and so please must learn the skills needed to best the odds and uplift their lives.

“We need to be persistent in developing our talents and abilities. This is the only way that we can make a difference in our families and to the community as a whole.” Kgd. Piano admonished to the crowd of eager listeners. “One should not stop from reading and learning. Everyone must strive for personal excellence in order to be productive; and practice always make perfect results,” added.

“It is timely and an eye-opener for all children,” said Roma Angela Manuel (VI-I) regarding the suitability of the book.

The children had taken part in reading the story with Kgd. Piano and they were all delighted while listening and reading the story in a power point presentation.

High Hopes

Mrs. Reolita R. Ecura, the school principal, hopes for the continuous implementation of this activity in the years to come. “I think this one is a worthwhile reading activity to be done in our school for the benefit of our children. A reader today is a leader tomorrow.”

“We hope that more children will be inspired to read books and become just like our guest storyteller who shares with us the noble advocacy in educating the youth through reading. “She pointed out with optimism.

By. Melody M. Gonzales
Grade IV Teacher
Nellie E. Brown Elementary School

DepEd kicks off search for outstanding reading teacher

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus announces the 2009 Search for Outstanding Reading Teacher (SORT) to honor the country's top reading teachers and their important contribution to the field of literacy.

“This will motivate the teachers to excel in their field and encourage them to share their best practices in teaching Reading,” Lapus said.

DepEd is currently implementing various programs to improve reading with comprehension of children in public schools. One of these is ECARP or Every Child a Reader Program, which aims to make children from Grade 1 to 6 able to read as expected at their level.

DepEd has likewise directed schools to beef up school libraries and implement different reading strategies to instil among school children the love for reading at an early age.

“When children can read and comprehend what they are reading, it is easier for them to understand other lessons in school. Learning really needs a solid foundation in reading,” Lapus added.

SORT is open to all public elementary school teachers from Grades 1 to 6. The nominee should be a full-time public elementary school teacher with at least three years of teaching experience in Reading. All public schools are encouraged to submit nominees to their DepEd division offices, whose Division SORT Committee will determine the Division winner and submit to the Regional SORT Committee.

The Outstanding Reading Teacher will be chosen from the three national finalists who emerged from the regional search.

The criteria for the contest are: demonstration teaching = 40%, interview = 20%, essay writing = 20 % and document = 20%.

The winners will get their awards during the ceremony to be held on October 16, 2009.

Top three placers will get cash prizes of P75,000, P50,000 and P30,000 respectively. Top awardees will also get trophies, books for their schools while their school, division and regions will also be recognized with plaques.

All regional finalists will be conferred P10,000 cash prize and receive plaques of recognition with their respective schools, divisions and regions.

Meanwhile, Lapus also announced that the National Read-A-Thon (NRAT) contest will also be held together with the SORT. This is conducted to determine the best individual and team readers among elementary pupils in public schools.

For this school year, the contest is in Filipino for grade 3 pupils and English for Grade 5 pupils. Schools, divisions and regions can conduct the Read-a-Thon for all grade levels in both English and Filipino.

The NRAT has three contests namely Best Team Readers, Best in Story Retelling and Best in Oral Reading Interpretation. NEWSBREAK

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