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Paola Angela Cortes



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The essence of teaching is partly rooted to the materials used in class. It should align with the institution's philosophy, mission, and vision because they become aids to translating institutional learning outcomes and core values to both general pupils and students with special educational needs. It is also good to note that these materials are expected to be developed by teachers. Below are some challenges I've discovered: 1. Most Filipino teachers rely on textbooks available in the market out of convenience. Some actually aspire to deliver its contents from cover to cover because it gives them structure. Most textbooks assume a one-size-fits-all format, which isn't the case for schools catering to students with special educational needs. There are some who utilize ready-made worksheets and handouts because it saves them time. Such comforts stifle their creativity, hinders them from bringing their own flavor in the lesson materials and cater to the educational needs of the students. 2. Not all subject matter experts are excellent writers. Most teachers are better speakers, but materials development requires good command writing in English and Filipino. 3. Despite the huge amount of information in the internet, most teachers lack digital curation skills to effectively mine resources from multidisciplinary fields to meet the educational needs of 21st century learners. My challenge is to reexamine materials development and leverage technologies to help teachers write and curate context-appropriate materials to meet the educational needs of both general and special learners.

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