PALS, Inc. in partnership with the Division of Pangasinan II conducted a Seminar-Workshop on Developing Mathematical Thinking and Lesson Study on 19-21 January 2018 which was held at the Mangaldan Municipal Building in Mangaldan, Pangasinan. It was attended by 240 elementary school and high school mathematics teachers.
The speakers were Professor Shizumi Shimizu of Teikyu University, Japan, Dr. Erlina R. Ronda and Guillermo P. Bautista Jr. of the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED) and Ms. Maylani Galicia of the Department of Education-Albay.
Prof. Shimizu discussed how to develop mathematical thinking in the classroom. Dr. Ronda, on the other hand, talked about lesson study as a professional learning activity system. In addition, Mr. Bautista presented a framework for classification of mathematical tasks, while Ms. Galicia shared her experiences and challenges in forming communities of practice in Albay through lesson study.
Two teachers also implemented a lesson in an open class, one about Pythagorean Theorem and the other one about Parallel Lines and Transversals. An open class is an implementation of a lesson by one teacher and observed by other teachers from inside or outside the school. After the open class, a post lesson reflection and discussion was facilitated by Professor Shimizu and Dr. Ronda.
The seminar was concluded by awarding of certificates led by Fr. Onofre Innocencio, Presdent of PALS and Mr. Redentor B. Aquino, Education Program Supervisor of Mangaldan, Pangasinan.