A presentation on “The Art of Teaching” was conducted last January22, 2019 at IT12C-IT Bldg. from 12:00-1:30 P.M. It was organized by the Information System (IS) section of IT Department led by Dr. Abhishek Dubey, the Head of the section. The event is geared for participants to see their best potential and value the essence of seeking room for improvement in their ways of teaching.
The event formally started with welcome remarks by Dr. Abhishek Dubey, followed by an inspirational message given by the Head of IT Department, Dr. Fatima Al Shanfari.
The presentation covered relevant topics which were enthusiastically and generously delivered by selected members of the IS section.
Mrs. Marian Malig-on shared her piece on before class preparation. She emphasized the significance of preparation and planning and how it becomes a critical factor of effective teaching and student learning. Also, she presented important points as teacher’s guide for effective class preparation and planning to ensure lesson aims are met at the end of each class and achieve the overall course objectives.
Mr. Rogelio Gutierrez, on the other hand, focused in his presentation on classroom environment as one of the most important factors affecting student learning and in achieving effectiveness in instruction. He discussed five (5) elements of a positive classroom environment and how a teacher can apply these elements in toning and setting up a classroom for better students learning.
Mrs. D. Lincy Grace Kanagaselvi took her turn and continued the presentation on teaching methodologies. The speaker mentioned variety of teaching methods where some of these are contemplated as teacher centered focused and/or student engagement is limited. Hence, the speaker introduced the flipped classroom, an instructional strategy considered as one of the better options to shift instruction to student centered learning and redefine in-class activities by delivering instructional content in variety of forms outside of the classroom utilizing varied educational technologies.
Integrating technology in the classroom was the core of Dr. N.R. Wilfred Blessing’s presentation. The speaker stressed out how the emerging technologies can be used as a tool to shape how student will learn and how teacher can improve his/her teaching. He cited EZvid, a free software intended for screen capturing and video making useful for practical courses. Further, he made a demonstration on how to use the said software.
Before the event concluded, Ms. Josie Del Valle lightened the mood by giving a fun filled ice breaker where participants got the chance to recall and enjoyably share their teaching experiences. Moreover, Ms. Josie emphasized the benefits of ice breaker in integrating it in class as a way to put students and learners at ease in their learning process.
Finally, the special guest Dr. Darwish Abdullah Al-Kalbani, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs expressed his appreciation on the activity and shared words of encouragement and motivation to everyone.
The presence of the participants and guest, full support of the Head of IT Department, teamwork of the members of IS section and anchoring prowess of Dr. N.R. Wilfred Blessing made the entire activity a great success.