Jollibee Foods Corporation Employees’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (JFC Coop) in partnership with the UP NISMED Elementary School Mathematics (ESM) group conducted a 3-day training program titled “Training Program on Upgrading Elementary School Mathematics Teachers’ Competence in Teaching Geometry and Algebra.” The training was attended by 30 teachers of Palatiw Elementary School, Pasig City. It was held on 3, 10, and 17 September 2016 at UP NISMED.

The objectives of the training were for the teachers to gain a better understanding of concepts related to geometry and algebra, develop and implement lessons in geometry and algebra using the teaching through problem-solving approach, and improve their ability to critique activities and lessons in geometry and algebra.

The training program included a lesson implementation modelling the teaching through problem-solving approach. Also included were sessions on assessment, selected topics in Geometry and Algebra, and a workshop. In the workshop, primary grade level teachers (Kindergarten – Grade 3) were grouped together and so were intermediate grade level teachers (Grades 4 – 6) to collaboratively develop a lesson in either Geometry or Algebra based on the K to 12 Curriculum using the teaching through problem-solving approach. These lessons were implemented and post-lesson reflections and discussions (PLRD) were conducted after each implementation. In the PLRD, input on content as well as comments and suggestions on how to further improve the lessons were provided by the teachers themselves, the school principal, and the ESM facilitators.

The teachers rated the training program favorably. They expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to attend the training program as well as their desire to attend more trainings of such kind in the future.