Last January 30, 2007, the Xavier Grade School and High School administrators attended a one day workshop on Classroom Management and Motivation at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo City.
Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., school director opened the day with the Jubilee Prayer followed by a short overview of the day. He stressed in his opening remarks that the workshop primarily aimed at developing a training program for teacher based on the Research for Better Teaching (RBT), and to develop a language for teacher training.
The first two modules presented that day focused on Classroom Management with the first module focusing on Time, Space and Momentum, and the second dealing with Attention and Discipline. Meanwhile, the last module tackled Motivation which included Expectations, Personal Relationships, and Classroom Climate.
After each module, an evaluation was conducted not only to measure if the modules were engaging but to solicit the suggestions of the participants in tailoring the workshop for the teachers as well.
The facilitators’ who incidentally designed the modules themselves utilized various means of getting the attention and participation of the audience. Videos, podcasts, voiceovers, PowerPoint presentations, and a lot more truly made the day both engaging and educative.
After the presentations, Fr. Go, synthesized the day’s discussions and pointed out the areas that can be improved and reflected upon like the school’s grading system and the discipline code.
To end the day on a lighter note, Father Director gave a “special award” to the group which presented the most engaging and educative module. The participants were asked to cast their votes and the group of Mrs. Estrelle Nabua was eventually given the prize.
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