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4-May-2012 The 1st Klasrum Adarna ECE Conference: “Defining the Filipino Early Childhood Classroom”

CENTEX teachers Divine Barrientos, Romelyn Cabugsa, Maira Sapalaran, Tin Sarigumba, and Mia Falcis attended The 1st Klasrum Adarna Early Childhood Education Conference held at SEAMEO-InnoTech, Diliman Quezon City last May 4-5, 2012. The theme of the conference, “Defining the Filipino Early Childhood Classroom.”

The 2-day conference covered various topics from cultural literacy, child psychology to best practices of progressive schools, and creativity and play. Dr. Michael Tan, Dean of UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, conveyed the importance of using Filipino languages (Ilokano, Ilonggo, Cebuano, Chabakano, etc.) in the classroom since it promotes the concept of inclusion among students. He emphasized that it is important for students to understand that Filipino is multicultural. Therefore, multiculturalism should be explored in the classroom. He demonstrated for instance, that by using indigenous materials to teach concepts of color, texture, and taste, students become aware of different cultures in the Philippines.

Workshops on various storytelling forms and devices, reading diagnosis and intervention, and music and movement were also part of the conference. A vibrant Ms. Joonee Garcia of Keys Grade School led an enthusiastic group during the Music and Movement workshop. She expressed the need for music and movement in the classroom because it nurtures a child’s creative process, develops listening skills, and promotes confidence in expressing one’s self.

An equally engaging workshop on various storytelling forms and devices was also presented by Ms. Zarah Gagatiga, Chairman of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People. She kept her audience involved through her animated approach in discussing the various storytelling techniques and strategies. Appropriately demonstrating the importance of “making a connection” during storytelling.

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