‘Birdbox’ Education: Teacher asks students to wear blindfolds during recitation

Kerwin Membrado’s students and Membrado himself. Photos: Membrado/FB
Kerwin Membrado’s students and Membrado himself. Photos: Membrado/FB

A teacher from Agusan del Sur has devised a unique recitation method for his online classes — by asking his students to wear blindfolds.

Instructor Kerwin Membrado said he was inspired by the Sandra Bullock movie Birdbox, which he rewatched on Monday night. The Netflix-produced dystopian film is about a woman and her children who seek shelter with their eyes blindfolded, in order to protect themselves from a mysterious force.

Membrado, 22, told his students at Saint Francis Xavier College the next day that they had to recite with their eyes blindfolded during their online classes. The announcement left the teenagers completely shookt.

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Photo: Kerwin Membrado/FB
Photo: Kerwin Membrado/FB
Photo: Kerwin Membrado/FB
Photo: Kerwin Membrado/FB

“It is through blindfolding them that I can assure the reliability of their performance. The task was to recite the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) with 7 domains and 37 strands,” he told Coconuts Manila.

The PPST, according to the Department of Education, seeks to establish “well-defined career stages” for public school teachers. It also wants teachers “to actively embrace a continuing effort in attaining proficiency” while applying a “uniform measure” to assess their performance in the classroom.

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Membrado said that the recitation was a “success.”

“Throughout the recitation period, I found that some are anxious, some are relaxed. But most of them had a good performance. I was surprised that our learners today are ready to take on different surprises and challenges to meet the demand of our time,” he said.

He said that he might repeat the same method in the future.

“Teachers in this time of pandemic should be very creative so that all lessons are exciting [for the students],” he said.

Filipino schools have been conducting distance-learning classes since the start of the pandemic because President Rodrigo Duterte has prohibited face-to-face sessions unless a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. The government, which is still waiting for the delivery of vaccines, has yet to start its inoculation program, unlike neighboring countries Indonesia and Singapore.


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