DepEd innovates in preparation of lesson plans

An August 23, 2012, press release from the Department of Education

All public elementary and secondary school teachers will have more time to prepare learning supplements and devote more time student-centered activities as the Department of Education adopts flexibility in the preparation of daily lesson plans.

Secretary of Education Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that beginning this school year, Teachers’ Guides (TGs) have been prepared for teachers of Grades 1 and 7 under the K to 12 curriculum. TGs will also be prepared for succeeding grades each year. Parallel to this, Teachers’ Manuals (TMs), textbooks, and supplementary materials are made available to teachers in different year levels.

“With the TG and TM made handy for our teachers, they can now spend more time on other equally important teaching–related tasks such as preparing instructional aids, assessment of learners’ performance, and conducting learning interventions,” said Luistro.

DepEd has rolled out the K to 12 Basic Education Program when Universal Kindergarten was implemented in all public schools in 2011 followed by the enhanced Grades 1 and 7 curriculum beginning school year 2012-2013.

DepEd Order No. 70, series of 2012 sets forth guidelines on the preparation of daily lessons. It says that teachers, who have been in the service for more than two years-private school experience included, shall not be required to prepare detailed lesson plans. Instead, they may adopt the daily lesson logs containing the lesson, learners’ material used, remarks on the number of learners within mastery level or those needing enrichment, plus other activities, including interventions given to students who did not master the lessons.

On the other hand, teachers with less than two years of teaching experience shall be required to prepare detailed lesson plans that include objectives, subject matter, procedure, assessment, and assignment.

Luistro added that teachers can make modifications or deviation from the TGs/TMs to suit the learners provided that the learning standards and competencies are met. “We also encourage our teachers to come up with activities that will induce and develop the higher thinking skills of the students,” he explained.