Every October, we honor the education front liners: our teachers. The theme of this year’s National Teachers’ Month (NTM) celebration, “Gurong Pilipino, Dangal ng Sambayanang Pilipino,” truly captures the appreciation and respect we have for every Filipino educator. Despite the limitations of the country’s education system, teachers continue to make learning accessible and meaningful for their students. By molding them to be the best they can be, teachers make it possible for students to reach their dreams, and for our country as a whole to progress in development and nation-building.
Having worked in the education sector for the past 23 years, the Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) has actively participated in the celebration of NTM in different ways and capacities. KCFI is one of the first members of the National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council (NTMCC) and, since its inception, we have consistently conducted events and initiatives to honor teachers during this very special celebration.
KC TINN program
This year, we celebrated NTM through a series of activities conducted through our different platforms and programs. We launched a video greeting online and on air, where I joined the hosts of Knowledge Channel’s online shows to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all teachers.
Our three-day teacher training program, Knowledge Channel Teaching in the New Normal or KC TINN, trained in September and October more than 450 public school teachers from Cavite, Davao Oriental and Bukidnon. This program trained on modules such as effectively using engaging approaches and technology in education, the Knowledge Channel teaching and learning sequence, growth mindset and stakeholder engagement, among others.
On Sept. 28, we conducted technical training on the use of the Knowledge Channel Portable Media Library or KC PML to 10 teachers in Cuyambay Elementary School that caters to the Dumagat community in Tanay, Rizal.
Through the “Lingkod Kapamilya, Panalo ‘To!” segment in ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo, we shed light on the stories of the teachers we have worked with in the past. Through this, we provided them with a platform to have their voices heard and our viewers an opportunity to support our teachers and celebrate their victories and successes.
Importance of growth mindset
Another NTM initiative was Knowledge Channel’s participation in this year’s Manila International Book Fair. We partnered with NTMCC in an event called “A Celebration for Teachers.” I delivered a talk, “The Power of Yet: Growth Mindset in Learning and Education with Knowledge Channel.” I spoke about the importance of a growth mindset in learning and discussed the specific strategies teachers may try to bring this into their classrooms to inspire their students to treat setbacks and challenges as opportunities for growth. To make the celebration even more exciting for the teachers, our “Wikaharian” host, “Teacher Michelle” Agas, conducted our “Knowledge on the Go” quiz show. The winners received exciting prizes from KCFI and NTMCC. “Wika harian” is a Knowledge Channel show that aims to develop the reading skills in Filipino of young children. We are grateful for this privilege to thank our teachers in person for the work they do.
Finally, in one of our online shows, “Art Smart,” host “Teacher Precious” Jewel Gamboa helped our student-viewers create their own “Thank you, Teacher” pop-up cards. Seeing the submissions of our young viewers was heartwarming for us and, for sure, it was even more so for their teachers.
This year’s celebration of NTM might have ended, but our commitment to supporting teachers and their school communities will remain. In the years to come, Knowledge Channel will continue to be relentless in helping bring transformative education through our videos and training programs to the schools that need them the most.