Education Congress 2015 (EDSOC)
The Education Congress 2015 of Education Society was held on Jan. 28-30, 2015. It involved linkages with Assumption College Makati, Clayton Learning School, Makati SPED Center, Ortho-Pedagogical Institute (OPI) and St. Andrew’s School Paranaque. It comprised of storytelling for pre-kinder and kinder students, seminars where professionals were invited to share their knowledge and expertise on classroom management and brain fitness, and the much-anticipated SpEd Olympics where children with special needs engaged in games and tasks that appropriately met their individual differences and abilities. Most of the games these children played involved motor skills, such as forming a pyramid from plastic glasses, a 50-meter dash, buttoning a shirt or tying a shoelace. Students who participated had visual impairment, hearing impairment, autism, ADHD and intellectual disabilities. As a whole, it was a very successful congress. The education majors learned about BrainFit program and practical tips on classroom management. The congress also provided these students an up close and personal and authentic experience of interacting with special children and being responsible for them. The special students all had a very good time; they were brimming with energy and laughter and did impromptu song and dance performances. All they could talk about was coming back next year. Parents and teachers fully supported the event and were elated with the experiences their children and students had. They felt the Olympics provided these children the opportunity to enjoy themselves and just have fun, but at the same time, develop functional skills. Being a pioneer in orchestrating SpEd Olympics, we say thank you for another year of learning, sharing, and experiencing. That in all things, in the eyes of these children, God really is glorified!
By: Ms. Rowena Go
Moderator, Education Society
Photos from: Jeanne Margaret Chua & Denise Elefan