As an Education Program Adviser in Mathematics at the Department of Education Schools Division in Albay, Maylani Galicia champions the use of Student-Centered Learning (SCL) in honing the potential of her students. This teaching approach employs various instructional strategies to accommodate the unique needs, interests, aspirations and cultural backgrounds of every individual student.
Miss Galicia became an ILEP grantee in 2009. In the United States, she studied in Clemson University and interned in a secondary school for five months. “My participation in the academic course and internship program allowed me to be immersed in the US Education system both as a learner and as a teacher. I improved my understanding of the nature of a learner. Since then, I became an advocate of Student Centered Learning,” she said.
Her exposure to a diverse American community while doing coursework in Mathematics gave her many thoughts to ponder upon. “… It was quite a challenge to share the Filipino culture and welcome other people’s culture. The culture shock was not only about the US culture but the culture of the other ILEP participants as well. But I was able to make my way smooth till the end of the program,” Galicia explained.
Upon her return to the Philippines in 2010, she began to promote Student-Centered Learning (SCL) through a Regional Training Program. Its goal was to create a ripple within the local academic community in utilizing the SCL approach in different schools. The program was made possible through a small grant from the U.S. Department of State.
“Respect for different cultures is significant to building a professional learning community. I can better influence others to share my vision and work toward our common goals by improving myself first, respecting individual differences, trusting others that they too have something to share,” Galicia reflected.
“The most important thing to me is that my values should be intact wherever I go, whoever is with me. Truth is what I value the most. My values and that of my family are what would keep the fire burning for me to continuously work toward fulfillment of my mission as a Christian, as a family member, as public servant and as an educational leader,” she added.
It has been 6 years since her stint as an ILEP grantee in the U.S. and she continues to be a team player, happy person and dedicated teacher.