SAN FERNANDO CITY- A training on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching (PDET) in the context of new normal, was conducted by the Legal Unit (LU) of the DepEd Regional Office I, held at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines-Region 1, on April 4 and 5.

Joining the two-day enhancement training on PDET were around 50 in-person and 280 virtual principals, school heads, guidance counselors, and designated guidance counselors from La Union and San Fernando City schools divisions. 

Said training aimed to enlighten the participants on the use of positive and non-violent approaches to discipline learners and to train them about classroom management in the context of new normal.

“Before the pandemic, I believe many teachers were already using positive discipline in their classrooms, this session serves as a refresher for all of us in the academic community to truly make the school a welcoming environment for all,” Arturo Quiban Jr., Principal I in Sacyud Elementary School and La Union National High School- Sacyud Annex, said.

He added, “it’s comforting to know that there are excellent ways to reprimand a student without inflicting injury or committing child abuse on the teacher’s part. As educators, we need to learn more about how to use a positive disciplinary strategy to handle behaviors.”

Atty. Rosemarie M. Wailan, Attorney IV and head of the LU, discussed on the DepEd Child Protection Policy and other related laws on child abuse.

Other topics include: “Managing online behaviors using positive discipline approach and use of positive discipline in problem solving” by Elmer S. Belmonte, Guidance Counselor III of Tagudin National High School and “Guidance and Referral System” was presented by Education Program Supervisor (EPS) Mary Ann Grace Dulay.

“Warmth and Structured Teaching: Powerful Tools of Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching” by EPS Johnson Sunga and “Understanding How Children Think and Feel: Recognizing Individual Differences’ by EPS Melisa Del Prado.

A PDET Virtual Training will be conducted by the Legal Unit on April 11-12, 2022 which will also be attended by school heads and guidance counselors from the 12 other division offices in the region.

By. Glaiza S. Leonen, ORD- Legal Unit