In every quiz competition, we expect a lot that our students will bring home the bacon. But the moment the result was announced our expectation turns into disappointment because of the poor performance shown by our students. We always felt disappointed every time our student did not make it even just in a final round. Often we blame our students for their poor performance, but, who is supposed to blame them? Are we not the ones to be blamed for their poor performance. As a teacher coach, what have we done for us to expect them to win? Is their preparation enough to make them win? If only we reflect on why our students showed poor performance during competition, there, we will be able to realize that no one to be blame but us.
Quiz bee is really a battle of preparation. It lies in how we train and prepare them ahead of time for the competition. Thorough preparation is a must. Constant solving of numerous math problems will help a lot. Cramming is an ineffective way to prepare as it makes it harder for our students to absorb and retain information. Often time, we train our students two weeks before the competition. As the result, our participants did not make it to the final.
It is a known fact that Muñoz National School-Annex is just the third choice of those students with high honors in their respective schools in the nearby barangays within the community. They are usually enrolled in a school that offers a science curriculum. With the talents of the students, it is hard to win over the school with high-caliber students. With the desire to win, hard work, the dedication of the teacher-coach, and with the determination of the students, bringing home the bacon as possible. Prove of this was the 2018 Division Integrated Quiz bee where their Grade 10 and secondary Sudoku emerge as the champion and was able to represent the division in the Regional Festival of Talents.
The hard-earned triumph gave us enormous joy and pride in our hearts. Especially when we think of the countless effort and sacrifices in training our students. The endless search for the possible solution to some problems given in the MTAP quiz bee that even the coaches cannot solve. The continuous learning and constant solving of different problems just to improve the mastery level of the students and to improve their chances of winning Those times when we even sacrifice our time with our family just to have a training session with them. The countless effort we made just to make sure our students will be ready in time of competition. And above all, the continuous motivation and encouragement of our Principal to prepare ahead of time.
As teacher coaches, we will not stop pursuing our goal to win over the favorite. If we fail. let us do our best to make it the next time around. We will just work harder and change our way of preparing our students. Set our goals and focus on the competition. As the saying goes,” If you can’t reach your goal, adjust your action not your goal”. The search for the elusive gold in MTAP Mathematics Challenge is not yet over. With greater dedication, hard work, and determination, for sure, someday we will be able to achieve victory.
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