by: Frene W. Monsalud
Head Teacher III
School: Francisco S. Brosas Memorial Elementary School
In education, curriculum plays a crucial role in determining the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning process. It serves as a roadmap for teachers, outlining the essential knowledge, skills, and values that students need to acquire. The curriculum acts as a guide for teachers to ensure that they cover all necessary content and objectives within a given timeframe. Furthermore, a well-designed curriculum reflects the educational goals and values of the school, aligning them with the needs and aspirations of students.
For school heads, advocating for a strong and comprehensive curriculum is of utmost importance. It ensures that students receive a well-rounded education and are prepared for success in their future endeavors. With this, the MATATAG curriculum can be viewed as a valuable tool for school heads – with their teachers — in their pursuit of educational excellence.
According to DepEd, MATATAG stands for “Make the curriculum relevant to produce job-ready, Active and responsible citizens; TAke steps to accelerate the delivery of basic education services and provision facilities; TAke good care of learners by promoting learner well-being, inclusiveness learning, and positive learning environment; and Give support for teachers to teach better. This framework emphasizes the importance of ensuring that the curriculum is relevant, responsive, and tailored to meet the needs of students.
By implementing the MATATAG curriculum, school heads can ensure that their schools are providing a high-quality education that addresses the needs of their students and prepares them for success in the 21st century. As an instructional leader, your role is to ensure that teachers have the necessary support and resources to effectively implement this curriculum. It includes providing professional development opportunities for teachers to enhance their instructional practices, monitoring the implementation of the curriculum and offering feedback and guidance to help teachers improve.
As school administrators, it is necessary to take steps to accelerate the delivery of basic education services and the provision of facilities to create optimal learning environments. This can include improving infrastructure, ensuring the availability of necessary resources and materials, and implementing strategies to improve access and equity in education. For instance, we must prioritize the procurement of textbooks and other instructional materials, the enhancement of school facilities, and the provision of technology resources to support effective teaching and learning.
It is our responsibility as school heads to ensure that learners are well-taken care of and that their well-being is emphasized. This includes promoting inclusiveness, creating a positive and nurturing learning environment through establishing support systems and implementing strategies that prioritize the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of students. A thing to remember here is that students’ well-being is not just limited to their academic performance, but also encompasses their social and emotional development.
Above all, it is important for us — school heads — to provide effective and efficient leadership in the core operations of schools, such as teaching and learning. Giving support to teachers, promoting collaboration, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement are all essential in ensuring that schools achieve academic excellence. Teachers are the backbone of the education system, and as instructional leaders, we must empower them and create an environment where they can thrive professionally.
MATATAG curriculum is a comprehensive framework, that when utilized effectively, can enhance student learning and eventually lead to improved academic achievements. It is our duty as school leaders to be the beacon of knowledge and set the example in implementing the MATATAG curriculum.