Every now and then, the traditional classroom framework needs to be augmented. Not because it is lacking, but because we all need that additional support to accelerate our way to the top. As such, Your Tutorial Center (YTC) teaches the children not just the academic matters, but also inculcates them important values and attitudes that they can use to achieve their goals.
“I felt that I needed a different kind of support and guidance when it came to math and YTC made sure that they found an approach that would interest someone like me. Because of this, math made more sense. And now, I even love statistics and quantitative data,” she added.
The staff are professionals and experienced teachers. They used different methods of teaching depending on the needs of the student to assure that they learned what they need.
“YTC’s teachers are approachable. Even the staff value education and the safety of the students. They are kind and very enthusiastic, and made learning easier, fun, and more manageable. They made sure that students are equally attended to, and they don’t bother in giving extra assistance or time to those who needed it more.”
relationship with the teachers. It was not just a teacher-student relationship, they were like a mother and a big sister,” Guzman said. “They understand the challenges of the students but they will push you. They won’t allow you to be lazy in studying and finishing the lessons. You really have to exert effort. “
YTC also helped Guzman in reviewing for the entrance to her dream university in college. She is now a graduate of De La Salle University (DLSU) with the course Interdisciplinary in Business Study, and currently works with Cebu Pacific.
“My career now is really far from my course, but success for me is to meet different people from different culture and region. More than helping me develop my communication skills, YTC inspired me to reach my goal through hard work and determination.” Guzman ended.
Sharing the brighter future out of the book
These students believe that more than the book based lessons and subject matter discussed. YTC encouraged them to strive hard, equipped them with the right qualities and attitudes and to value the importance of education in attaining their bright future.
“Education has definitely prepared me for my goals. Without it, I would not be able to achieve what I want and YTC has taught me that all things are manageable when you try to give it a bit more time and effort. Nothing comes easy, but with effort, you can achieve anything,” Enriquez ended.
No wonder, these two ladies also share their wonderful experience under YTC through recommending it to their family members and friends.
“I recommend YTC because of their style and approach. It is like a family with parents looking out for you and siblings to help you enjoy your school works. YTC makes learning fun and not a chore. But more than that, it made me feel that learning is for everyone” Enriquez concluded.
In celebration of its 16th anniversary, Your Tutorial Center (YTC) rolled out series of community programs aimed to arm more Filipinos to enjoy and share the bright future.
“It is our way of giving back to the community, to reach out to those who cannot acquire quality education,” said Christine D. Santos President and Center Head of YTC. “We’d like to provide them the opportunities to learn and let them feel that education is important.”
These series of community programs were specifically designed to touch underprivileged children who have no access to education and to teach them good moral values.
Around 140 children ages four to 12 benefited from these. Teachers from YTC extended their hands to impart their knowledge and academic expertise.
In Barangay Roxas, Quezon City (QC), children learned the fundamental of education- alphabet- as they brought out their creativity putting color to every letter, fruit, and animal. They all sang together as they discovered the difference between vowels and consonants.
“We are very thankful to YTC. This type of program makes our constituents become aware on the importance of education. In a depressed area like this, parents are more concerned to engage their children to work in order to help their family, rather than sending their kids to school,” expressed Atty. Evangeline Lozano-Endriano, Brgy. Councilor, Brgy Roxas Committee Chairperson on Education and Youth Development.
In Quiapo, Manila, street children were brought together at the chapel of Holy Face of Jesus (HFJ). They watched the video of “How Did the Tiger Get its Stripe,” a story that taught them the significance of humility, contentment, and self-acceptance.
“We really appreciate this, the kids really like the animated video. They (YTC teachers) were able to catch the attention of these kids and maintain that. They were behaved. Usually, these children have a really short attention span,” explained Sister Josephine Salas of HFJ.
But aside from children, YTC also collaborated with teachers giving them new tips on how to share the bright future to their students.
Held at Demetrio Tuazon Elementary School at QC, YTC conducted a two-day seminar for elementary public school teachers with the theme: “Celebrating Teacherhood..” More than 40 teachers from D. Tuazon ES and Ramon Magsaysay ES joined the forum. They learned new classroom insights for the growing demand of K-12 program, such as the art of questioning, effective communication inside the classroom and the challenges of teaching Filipino as a subject.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity. This is a way of refreshing and reminding the teachers of the importance of fun and enjoyment inside the classroom,” said Jimmy Bocalbos, Master Teacher I and Officer in Charge (OIC) of D. Tuazon ES.
“This program is a celebration of teacherhood; a tribute for the teachers, who teach passionately. They play a crucial role in building and molding the bright future of their students,” Santos ended.
As they celebrate their continuous growth, YTC wants to continuously share the bright future with every individual- from the learners up to the educators by inspiring them, and making them realize the true meaning of quality education.
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With the implementation of the K-12 Curriculum comes an introduction of a new approach to teaching and learning. The spiral progression approach will open more rooms both for mastery of the subjects and academic excellence.
Inspired by Bruner’s model of the spiral curriculum, this innovative approach will introduce first the basic or simple concepts then add more complex details as the student is promoted to the next grade. Compared to the disciplinal approach wherein one subject (discipline) is tackled in one grade level, the spiral progression approach builds on content and competence from one grade level to the next. These are revisited at each grade level with increasing depth and difficulty. Students will learn best by building on their current knowledge. Thus, students will develop mastery of subjects and improved retention. Say for example, students need not wait for junior and senior high school to learn concepts and their applications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, With the spiral progression approach, these subjects will be discussed starting at the elementary level, beginning with simple concepts and skills to more complex as the student reaches the higher grades across the K-12.
This new approach may be difficult for most students especially since the Philippine education system has been using the traditional, disciplinal approach in the curriculum for decades now. Without mastery of the simple and basic concepts, most students could find the more complex lessons and skills difficult to cope with. The good news is there are a number of groups who provide learning support programs to face the challenge of coming up with a continuum of standards and competence.
Your Tutorial Center (YTC), a 3-in-1 education center which offers Tutorial, Review and Language programs, provides K-12 aligned ACADEMIC TUTORIAL and review programs from Kinder to college all throughout the year. All lessons offered, especially in math and science subjects are aligned with the spiral progression approach to help students adapt with the new curriculum. Moreover, YTC tutors are updated with the spiral progression approach and trained to facilitate the teaching-learning sessions for the students to achieve hots (higher order thinking skills) critical for the spiral progression approach.
YTC is one with the K-12 curriculum to produce Filipino graduates who are holistically-developed with 21st century skills through its programs and services geared to prepare kids and teen for higher education, middle-level skills development and entrepreneurship.
The world is undergoing unprecedented changes brought about by rapid advancement in information and communication technologies, trade liberalization, globalization.
– UNESCO, 2010
Change is inevitable and adapting to change is another thing. In its pursuit to improve the Philippine education system, the Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented a major education reform known as the K-12 Curriculum.
The education program includes mandatory preschool education for five-year old children before entering the 6-year elementary school as well as going through additional 2 years in the high school or secondary education. Aside from this new structure, the medium of instruction from kindergarten to Grade 3 will now be mother tongue-based. This means that the K to 12 student will be taught the core learning areas using his first language. The National Achievement Test (popularly known as NAT) will still be administered as an end-of-grade 6 assessment but this time will serve both as an exit examination from elementary and entrance examination for Grade 7. Grade 10 students will also go through an assessment to qualify for senior high school and their chosen track. The end of Grade 12 examination will not only be the end of K to 12 exam but also serve as entrance exam for university.
These significant changes, initially, may be difficult for kids. As parents, there are a number of things to help your child or teen to prepare and embrace this transition. Parents can help their child to mentally organize and emotionally process the child's feelings such as fear of the unknown. By being a support system to your teens, you could help them cope with "anticipatory change jitters." Aside from these tips, there are private educational sectors who can also help you and you kids adapt to the new K to 12 curriculum.
“This is not a perfect curriculum. There is much for us to work on. There will be learning curves that we will need to meet and challenges to be resolved. But with everyone’s help, we will be able to roll out the program that we can keep improving over the next couple of years.”
-Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC Deped Secretary