‘Galileo’ pedagogy ditches Math-phobia

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, newmedia specialist

Caption: MS. MA. ROWENA TAMBUNTING JUAN-MATTI, chief executive officer of Galileo Enrichment Learning Center with GT Northeastern Academy president ENGR. LEONORA SALVANE.

LILOAN, CEBU, PHILIPPINES (January 10, 2015) — Unique Telescopic Approach complemented by Galileo Enrichment Learning Program’s methodology and service are seen to develop Filipino kids to be independent, lifelong learners.

Ma. Rowena Juan-Matti, chief executive officer of Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, Inc. highlighted Math and English as the foundations for all other subjects in school including Science and History.

“Studies have shown that having a strong understanding of both subjects helps kids become more systematic, organized, disciplined and confident,” Matti pointed out in a media briefing during the program’s launch at the GT Northeastern Academy (GTNA) here, its 36th center nationwide.

“It takes a village to educate children, especially children who have shun from Math because of so-called accompanying difficulties in understanding and application of principles and methods. So before children could develop such fear on tackling numbers problems, Galileo program deepens their understanding rather than encouraging them to memorize formulas,” Matti accentuated.

“Enrichment is more proactive than tutorial in the sense that the learners’ numeracy and literacy skills are already strengthened before they get to face the problem and the fear that goes with Math learning,” she expounded. “Young learners are taught practical life skills such as manners, socialization, responsibility towards others, awareness of their environment, and appreciation of nature.”

Traditional approach utilizes blackboard, paper and pencil. Whereas, Galileo’s best pedagogy is reflected in the use of flash cards for speed and accuracy, board games, blocks and other manipulative materials; instructional materials to train kids on mastery of the topics covered; reading materials that promote actively an appreciation for literature; and Information and Communications Technology software games.

Galileo’s Telescopic Approach was inspired by the contribution of the famous Galileo Galilei to science – the telescope. “Like the telescope, we find and focus on the individual learning needs of children by providing different learning activities to bring out the genius and discover the star in every child,” Matti shared further.

As this was developed to cater to the different learning pace and style of each child, taking into account one’s need for an encouraging and positive learning environment, the digital education-ready GTNA facility in Tayud, Liloan town becomes its first center in Cebu and in the entire Visayas region.

GTNA makes use of Digital Light Processing projectors for interactive learning and an ID system wherein parents get notified of their students’ entry and exit via SMS. It has a class size of 20-25. Rooms, offices, library, canteen, chapel, and even the waiting lounge are all fully airconditioned.

According to GTNA president Engr. Leonora Salvane, on the launch today of the said cooperation here, they share in the Galileo project as an advocacy. She said that Galileo “supplements the high regards we set for quality education.”

She finds the program as an effective tool in addressing the learning gap that many children are forced to brave on their own. She shares in the mission-vision to help develop character and social skills among children, enhance physical development, promote self discovery, increase self awareness, encourage self mastery, and boost academic readiness.

Galileo is for children three years old to 12 years old. Students go to the Galileo Center twice weekly for 30 to 45 minutes per session. The student works closely with a teacher-facilitator and is given fun activities to supplement the lesson for the day. Homework is given so that learning is continuous even outside the center. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged. This comes with seminars for optimum parental assistance.

Monthly rate is P1,860 per subject (English or Math). Registration fee of P500 (one-time only) includes a starter kit and a Galileo bag. The program supplements DepEd’s K to 12 (Basic Education Reform) Curriculum implemented in 2012.

GTNA can be reached through (032) 424-4901.###