Partnerships at any level help to inject excitement into your classroom and provide opportunities to share best practice principals from across the world.

Having a partner school can:

  • Can give perspectives on the world outside your immediate community
  • Give an insight into what it is like to live in other country
  • Increase cultural awareness within your class
  • Teach your class about global issues within your class
  • Teach your class about issues in a safe, stable environment
  • Help your students challenge the stereotypes
  • Develop ICT and language skills within the classroom

II. Presentation

In regards with school-to-school partnership, we are so grateful to be part of this program and to be with Longos National High School as our Leader School, headed by Mr. Juanito H. Gayola and their SBM Coordinator, Ms. Leizl M. Busmeon.

Our project title is 2TOK BASA (Tulong-tulong sa Pag-Oorganisa ng Kaalaman
sa Pagbasa). We come up to focus on reading based on the Literacy Level that shows that in Muzon Elementary School as the partner school has 22 out of 140 or approximately 16% Grades 2 and 3 pupils were identified as non-readers while 144 Grades 4 to 6 pupils fall under frustration level based on the result of the Oral Reading Inventory conducted in June 2016. The cumulative effect of this number could be alarming if not promptly addressed.

The 2TOK BASA is a school-based reading enhancement program which aims to develop the reading ability of pupils with reading difficulties in Filipino (L1), specifically focused on phonemic awareness and vocabulary development.

We emphasize it because we know that reading is the foundation on which all learning occurs. A child’s reading level at the end of grade two can predict, with great accuracy, their future literacy skill and overall educational success.

Through the partnership of elementary and secondary school heads, the program is purposely designed to help learners gain basic skills in reading that will boost their confidence so that they may actively engage  themselves in day-to-day learning process. This 4-month long program will provide the striving readers with additional time on task with a mentor, one-on-one, for strengthening and building upon the daily instruction they receive from their classroom teachers.

The objective of our project is:  first, engage the learners in interactive reading wherein they can comprehend independently and lastly is to decrease the number of non-readers in Grades 2 and 3 as well as the number of students under frustration level in Grades 4 to 6.

The orientation of the 17 teachers of Muzon Elementary School was conducted by Mr. Juanito H. Gayola last October 21, 2016.

The Capability Training last November 19, 2016, became fruitful and enjoyable which was ffacilitated by our very own Mrs. Lederma De Guzman, the author of the book entitled “Tayo Na at Magbasa Gamit ang Marungko”, the training gave the teachers a “hands-on, minds on” experience as they personally met the reading guru of the Division of Malabon City.  She also emphasized that a teacher should possessed the beatitudes “beautiful attitudes” and loving the children.

Capability Training Phase 2 was facilitated by Ms. Beatriz M. Academia last December 05, 2016. She is one of the awardees in the Division of Malabon City by her expertise in reading, wherein her pupils in Grade 1 is already a reader in both Filipino and English. She shared her styles and techniques in teaching for almost 26 years and she emphasized that a good communication can create a good learning.

The acquisition of materials is already distributed to the Partner School (Muzon Elementary School) by the Leader School (Longos National High School) by ensuring that the materials needed is really provided based on the budget that supposed to be it can help their school a lot but they sacrificed and willingly donate it to help us to sustain the reading program we had for our pupils. We feel their compassion and the sincerity in assisting us in terms of resources and word of wisdom. We want to extend our gratitude to this program for giving us a chance to be part of it, because we undergo trainings and at the same time we grow. To our Leader School for sharing the knowledge, your best practices and by providing all the materials and trainings we undergo. No words can express the feelings we feel.

III. Reflection

One of the messages that marks on us is  from our school head, Mrs. Virgie P.  Mondido is that “ no man is an island”, that’s why we have the school-to-school partnership and the 3C’s of Mr. Juanito H. Gayola, that in order to success in partnership, there should have a commitment, good communication and  collaboration.

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