Following last year’s curriculum review in Tagaytay City, members of the PSHS System’s Curriculum Review Committee and teacher-writers from the 11 PSHS campuses nationwide re-convened on February 10-14, 2013 in Cavite.
This activity tagged as “2013 PSHS System Curriculum Development and Writeshop” was conducted to re-modify the Grade 7 curriculum and to finalize the Grade 8 curriculum.
As proposed by the Office of the Executive Director’s Research, Policy and Academics Division (OED-RPAD) under Dr. Jessamyn Marie O. Yazon, the Curriculum Development and Writeshop will consist of five phases to be conducted within the year, namely: Curriculum Development and Writeshop, Consultation with Curriculum Experts, Revision and Finalization, Curriculum Implementation, and Evaluation of Curriculum Implementation.
On June 2012, the new secondary curriculum was piloted in all PSHS schools in the country where the first batch of Grade 7 PSHS students entered into secondary education under this new system of formal education. As this first batch of scholars moves up to Grade 8 on June 2013, the newly drafted Grade 8 curriculum will now be utilized, hence, the need to review, modify and finalize it. Likewise, the Grade 7 curriculum needs to be evaluated and reviewed for a second roll out next school year.
Before the end of school year 2012-2013, the RPAD conducted a Curriculum Evaluation of the new curriculum based on surveys among students and teachers. Achievement Tests were also given to Grade 7 students in six (6) subject areas by each PSHS campus to their scholars. Results of these tests were utilized to re-write the Desired Learning Competencies (DLCs) for the Grade 7 curriculum during the Write-shop. Then, the outcome of the Curriculum Evaluation was used as bases in finalizing the strategies and methods to be employed, and the resources to be used by the teachers.
Day 1 of the February 2013 writeshop involved the presentation of curriculum evaluation results and draft of the Grade 8 curriculum. Grade 7 teachers also shared their experiences in the implementation of the new curriculum.
Days 2 and 3 were devoted to reviewing, re-writing and critiquing of the Grades 7 and 8 curricula per subject area to re-formulate the DLCs. Curriculum writers identified the relations of the Grade 7 curriculum to the Grade 8 curriculum per subject area, as guided by the curriculum consultants during the review process.
On the last day, outputs were presented in a general assembly comprising all subject teachers and curriculum experts, and then submitted to the Curriculum Review Committee.
“By the end of March 2013, the PSHS System would have undergone Phases 2 and 3 of the curriculum development and revision program,” said Dr. Josette T. Biyo, PSHS System Executive Director. “Phase 2 is the critiquing of the proposed curriculum, which will involve the Curriculum Review Committee and the curriculum consultants. Once finalized, details of the revised curriculum will be presented to the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees for approval.”
“In support of the implementation of the new curriculum, the OED plans to provide future training programs to the PSHS faculty members. Training for Integrated Science teaching with resource persons from Singapore and the Philippines is scheduled on May 20-25, 2013,” Dr. Yazon added. “Teacher workshops on approaches and best practices for teaching computer programming for Grade 8 are also planned for May 20-23, 2013. Aside from the finalization of Grade 7 and Grade 8 curricula, the PSHS System will commence curriculum review for Grades 9 and 10 before the end of 2013.”
(Armi Flor Santos, Information Officer)