University of the Philippines Los Baños
Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

UPLB’s Math Division trains teachers from Metro Manila, Southern Luzon


For three days, the learners who will occupy UPLB’s Math Building Lecture Hall are not the typical students. They are, in fact, professional teachers who will momentarily assume the role as students during “MATHTEX 2017: teacher training on calculus” from Apr. 22 to 24.

The said training program for junior and senior high school mathematics teachers has attracted around 180 participants from CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and the National Capital Region. Now on its sixth year, MATHTEX is an extension program of the Mathematics Division of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics’ (IMSP).

“This training aims to help teachers upheave the context and pedagogy of teaching mathematics,” said Dr. Editha Jose, deputy director of IMSP, during the training’s opening program. “This activity is our commitment as a National Center of Excellence,” she added.

IMSP, together with UPLB’s Institute of Chemistry and Institute of Biological Sciences, are considered National Centers of Excellence in the Basic Sciences based on the Executive Order No. 889 signed in 1983.

Catherine Espectacion, a junior high school teacher from Occidental Mindoro’s San Jose National High School, sees the significance of participating in the said training program. “As a teacher, it is very important to attend this training in order for me to improve my proficiency in teaching calculus,” she said.

Faculty members of the Mathematics Division will serve as lecturers in the training. Assoc. Prof. Alleli Ester Domingo will talk about conceptualization of calculus, while Asst. Prof. Ariel Babierra will discuss the limit and continuity of a function.

On the other hand, Dr. Ranzivelle Marianne Roxas-Villanueva will tackle qualitative and quantitative research. Asst. Prof. Anthony Cueno is in-charge of the lecture on tool on graphing. Dr. Jean Loyola and Prof. Rolando Panopio will discuss differential calculus and integral calculus, respectively.

After each topic, the participants will have discussions and exercises in smaller break-out group.

MATHTEX has trained more than 700 teachers since 2012. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)