University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 23 April 2018 12:01

Training of Math teachers sustains UPLB’s public service commitment


It is through sharing their expertise to high school mathematics teachers in Southern Luzon where the faculty members of the Mathematics Division of UPLB found the core of their service to the community.

At MATHTEX that has been running for seven straight years now, the Math faculty members teach higher and deeper understanding of branches of mathematics to junior and senior high school teachers.

“We believe that it is important for us to always be steps ahead of our students to be able to teach them more effectively and efficiently,” said Diane Carmeliza Cuaresma, assistant professor and co-chair of the organizing committee.

This year’s edition, which focuses on Algebra, has attracted around 120 teachers from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, for the three-day training that started on Apr. 21.

In her welcome address during the opening program, Dr. Chrysline Margus Piñol, director of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP), expressed appreciation to the Mathematics Division, one of IMSP’s units, for initiating the annual learning and public service event.

“I am grateful for your foresight that even before K-12, we have people who have thought of a program that could actually produce K-12-ready teachers,” said Dr. Piñol, who, aside from her college teaching duties at UPLB, has also been teaching physics at the UP Rural High School-Senior High School.

“It is not easy to teach high school students: young people are more enthusiastic and they ask more questions. Some of the questions, I haven’t thought of in a long while, but I am thankful that I got the chance to interact with them before they enter the university,” she shared to the participants.

Belinda Nazareth, a BS Statistics graduate of UPLB, grabbed the opportunity of gaining additional and new knowledge from the training as she will soon teach senior high school students at the Camp Vicente Lim Integrated School in Calamba City. “I am a banker and am a non-teaching staff of a college before, so I have to learn more and go back to learning,” she said.

The topics that were discussed in MATHTEX 2018 include the History of Algebra, Set of Real Numbers, Algebraic Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities, Software for Solving Equations and Inequalities, Algebraic Functions, and Flipped Classroom. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)