The Lopezes—Lopez Group chairman emeritus Oscar M. Lopez, Connie R. Lopez and KCFI president Rina Lopez Bautista (5th, 6th and 7th from left)—with (l-r) DepEd Usec. Rizalino Rivera, Bayan Academy’s Prof. Ed Morato, KCh consultant Dr. Fe Hidalgo, DepEd Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro and Usec. Alberto Muyot at the launch of LEEP in AprilPEDAGOGY. What is this word from Knowledge Channel’s Learning Effectively through Enhanced Pedagogies (LEEP) training program, seemingly new to our ears, that creates an innovation in education? And how does it make an impact on the lives of teachers and learners?
The word “pedagogy” is derived from a Greek word which means “to lead the child,” says Madeline Marasigan, Knowledge Channel’s educational leadership officer. With this perspective, teachers serve as guides to students as the latter embark on a journey of learning.
“Pedagogy is usually referred to as the art, science and craft of teaching and learning. In LEEP, teachers are exposed to strategies, practices and approaches that have a positive impact on student learning,” Marasigan adds.
With a significant paradigm shift, classes now are more learner centered compared to the former setup where teachers control learning.
Numerous researches have shown that students learn most effectively when they understand what they are learning, why they are learning it and how they will be able to use their new learning. The enhanced pedagogy used by teachers helps students construct their own learning. More than just depositing facts and figures, students also develop higher-order thinking skills which are more practical and relevant in real life. It does not indicate that the role of the teacher is unimportant, only that it has evolved from being a direct giver of knowledge to that of a facilitator of learning.
Through LEEP, teachers are exposed to activities and trainings that will help them become better equipped in leading their students in their journey, and helping them develop a lifelong love for learning.