Action starts with sharing
By Ella Bonilla
(Ella, a BS in Development Communication student of Central Mindanao University shares her thoughts on the kind of information sharing that could transpire at every level between the teacher and the student, then to the parent. This story is a result of their visit to Corazon C. Aquino High School [CCAHS], one of the partner-schools of the Infomediary Campaign in Tarlac.)
As a student, I know it’s better to apply the knowledge I gained in school through communicating to my parent. This was evident in CCAHS.
It all started with the bearers of the information – their teachers. Educators have to make decisions every day on what kind of instructional materials is best to support their students’ learning.
In CCAHS, the agri-teachers did well in combining lecture and practical activities to provide an effective learning environment for their students. The content highly engaged the students especially in activating their interests and aspirations at a pace that works for agriculture. They used the actual technologies on rice-based farming to encourage meaningful student participation and improve their experience.
For this reason, the sharing cycle did not end in the students’ notes; rather they collaborated with their parents so that their farmland can be maximized. During our classroom visit, the students eagerly shared their individual successes in sharing new farming technologies to their parents. The snowballing exercise made me realize that these farmers’ children are actually critical thinkers. They wanted to deliver the message to their parents in order to save time and money.
The information could only go as much. Parent participation is a critical influence on every student’s success. When it happens, the experience can be liberating for both the parent and the student.
We found that many of their parents applied what the students shared to them. It was really inspiring. The children’s learning is their key to success while paying for the hard work of their parents.
With perseverance, they will have an improved farmland in the future at least with the help of the teacher-student-parent interaction. This kind of personalized learning boosts engagement and achievement. It helps the students and the teachers optimize their educational efforts for agriculture and for the farmers.