马尼拉 - A multigrade classroom, where learners of various ages and grade levels are combined, especially in geographically challenged areas and where enrollment rates are low, is not exactly the ideal nor familiar set-up for learning and teaching.
For 40-year-old Reycel R. Jugo, however, multigrade teaching is not only the greatest challenge in her career as a teacher; it is also her most fulfilling and significant accomplishment.
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Teacher Reycel did her homework and so much more. She read a lot of books for her to understand how multigrade teaching works. After voluminous readings and consultations with other teachers who handled multigrade classes, she was able to fine-tune her teaching style.
As she immersed herself in the community where transportation is not favorable, she became even more determined to master her craft so she can make a difference in the lives of her learners.
“Being a multigrade teacher is like having special powers,” Teacher Reycel shared. “You target several competencies in one execution.”
Being a full-time classroom teacher with several ancillary tasks, she still devotes time to integrate the latest technology in her multigrade classroom despite the remoteness of their school, which relies on solar panels.