School: General Information and Academic Administration
Name of School: SMP Telkom Makassar
Form of Education: SMP or Sekolah Menengah Pertama (Junior high school)
NPSN or National Principal School Number (School ID): 69938800
Ownership Status: Yayasan (foundation)
SK Operational Permit: 421.2/085/DPK/I/2016
Date of SK Operational Permit: 29 February 2016
School Address: Jl. A.P. Pettarani No.4
Village: Gunung Sari
Province: South Sulawesi
Postal Code: 90221
The Vision of SMP Telkom Makassar is “Realizing Information and Technology based education to create people of faith, creativity, innovation based on local wisdom and values”.
The Mission of SMP Telkom Makassar are the following:
1. Organizing technology and information based education;
2. Realizing sustainable coaching system to shape behavior that is in accordance with faith, talent and interest;
3. Develop a workable extracurricular activities effectively and efficiently;
4. Become a school that is clean, modern, comfortable, beautiful and healthy.
Academic support system
The SMP Telkom Makassar have educational facilities that is a great help in the student’s learning such as the library, air-conditioned classrooms, computer laboratory, and science laboratory. Not only educational facilities are present but they also have facilities for the principal and faculty members like the Principal’s office, administration room, curriculum affairs room, student affairs room, teacher’s room. In addition, they also have facilities for recreation like the hall, mosques, cafeteria, gymnasium, and open basketball court. Since this school is connected to Telkomsel their is a free internet access inside the school vicinity for the students, teachers, and even for guests.
From Monday to Friday the students are expected to learn just inside the classroom. Every Monday the students are expected to come to school at 7:00 am to have their Upacara Bendera (Flag ceremony) for approximately 40 minutes. The class starts at 7:15 am from Tuesday to Thursday. During Friday the students are expected to join their Senam Bersama (exercise) for 30 minutes and their Jum’at Bersih (cleaning time) for 15 minutes. From Monday to Friday they start the class with reading the Qur’an or they call it as Literasi Kitab Suci for 15 minutes. In the morning, from Monday to Friday, they have 40 minutes Istirahat (break). While from Monday to Thursday only during noon time they have 40 minutes Shalat Dhuhur (prayer).
Materials and other learning sources
1. Mosque. This place is where the teachers and students pray.
2. Classroom. The classrooms they have are air-conditioned, and is provided with white boards (in class 7 they use glass board), LCD projector and white screen (used to project the image from the projector).
3. Library. The library is where students can stay to study and even some faculty members stay here to rest and sleep. This room have books from the government available for the students and teachers alike, they also have internet access inside the library.
4. Laboratories. Computer and science laboratories is equipped with the laboratory equipment like computers and science equipment used in experiments.
5. Court. The school have an open basketball court where students can play the sport they want, the teacher use this place to teach sports, and even the school use this during their Senam Bersama every Friday.
Measurement and evaluation system
The school measures and evaluates student’ learning based on the curriculum provided by the government. Each teacher is given the academic freedom to choose what type of assessment he/she will use inside his/her class. In the case of my cooperating teacher, she uses the Google Classroom to conduct her daily test once or twice a week to check if the students understood the lessons clearly. They also have summative test to check if the students understand the overall concept of the chapter or the lesson given to them.
The school uses the K-13 or the 2013 curriculum which is the curriculum valid in the Indonesian educational system. This curriculum has four aspects of judgment which are the following: knowledge, skill, attitude and behavior. The K-13 is an IT-based curriculum which will not require the students to sit in class for computer subject but encourages to learn it outside the classroom. In line with this, the subjects like mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and religion will be added with one hour each.
Components of their Lesson plan:
1. Core competency
2. Basic Competency and Competency Indicators
3. Purpose of Learning
4. Learning Materials
5. Learning Methods
6. Media/Tools, Materials and other sources.
7. Steps in Learning
8. Evaluations, Remedial Learning and Enrichment
Teaching Methods that I observed
During my observation in Class 8G, The teacher uses scientific learning method. According to Kemdikbud (2013) and Hosnan (2014) there are five steps of applying the scientific learning method or the scientific approach in teaching learning process, which are the following: observing, questioning, experimenting, associating, and communicating.
Learning Materials and Innovation
The teacher uses the learning materials present in the Teaching plan which is based on the K-13 Curriculum of Indonesia. The regular learning material is composed of the following: facts, concepts, principles, and procedures. The learning material for remedial and enrichment is taken from the regular learning material. The difference between remedial and enrichment is that for remedial, the teacher explains the material again the basic competencies that have not been completed then the students are asked to study the material and ask questions about the topics that they do not understand and after that the teacher will give oral or written test to reassess the students mastery of the basic competencies. However in enrichment, the students who mastered the material will work on the enrichment questions prepared by the teacher in the form of multiple choice questions in the book from the teacher’s guide.
Sources of Learning and technology
a. Ministry of Education and Culture. 2016. Student Mathematics Subject Book Jakarta: Ministry of Education and Culture.
b. Ministry of Education and Culture. 2016. Mathematics Teacher’s Book Jakarta: Ministry of Education and Culture.
c. Modules/teaching materials
e. Other relevant sources.
1. LCD Projector
2. Hand phone
Authentic Assessment used
The teacher uses the following forms of assessment:
2. Daily Test
3. Formative Test
4. Mid Formative Test
5. Summative Test
The teacher uses a teaching plan based on the K-13 Curriculum which is the curriculum valid in the Indonesian educational system. This curriculum has four aspects of judgment which are the following: knowledge, skill, attitude and behavior. This curriculum puts emphasis on scientific approach as well as problem-based learning, discovery-based learning and project-based learning. The objective of this curriculum is to create productive, creative, innovative, through strengthening the affective attitudes, skills, and integrated knowledge for Indonesian learners.
Mathematics Teaching Plan
Parts of the Lesson plan:
1. Core competency. In this part, the teacher will put the competencies based on K-13 curriculum which focuses on the values that the students are expected to achieve.
2. Basic Competency and Competency Indicators. It is where the teacher puts the specific competency that the students will acquire in his/her lesson still based on K-13 curriculum.
3. Purpose of Learning. This part focuses on what the teachers’ objective for the students and what attitudes the students should manifest in each meeting she will conduct.
4. Learning Materials. The materials that the teacher will use whether it is for regular, for remedial or for enrichment.
5. Learning Methods. The teacher usually uses the Scientific Approach, Problem-based learning, ATM Technique, group discussions, question and answer and assignment.
6. Media/Tools, Materials and other sources. The teacher uses, LCD Projector, Laptop, Speaker, Whiteboard, Marker, books form the Ministry of Education and Culture, modules, teaching materials, internet. and other relevant resources.
7. Steps in Learning. This part shows the step-by-step process of the teaching-learning process inside the classroom in each meeting.
8. Assessment, Remedial Learning and Enrichment. In this part the following are seen:
a. Assessment techniques namely spiritual attitude competency assessment, social attitude competency assessment, knowledge competency assessment, and vocational competency assessment.
b. Remedial learning
Procedure of Teaching
During my teaching practice in SMP Telkom Makassar, I was allowed to use the 4A’s lesson plan we usually use in the Phillipines. The method that I opted to use inside the class is the Deductive Method wherein I give first the general rule or the concept of the topic that I am teaching and then give examples to the students. The material that I used in teaching is the book given to me by my mentor named Matematika SMP/MTs Jilid 2A Kelas VIII Semester 1 . To my surprise the book was in Bahasa Indonesia but with the help of my buddies and Udictionary I was able to understand the book. In teaching, I use the LCD Projector and my laptop to show my power point presentation. Each slide that I show has two sides: left side for English language and the right for Bahasa Indonesia. After I have taught the lessons in one chapter, I gave the students a quiz using their notebook and a test using the google classroom.
Time Management and Organizing Activities
The time given to each class for each subject is 40 minutes. For this 40 mins, I managed to completely cover all the things I have put in my lesson plan. But there are times that one class has two hours, so for the remaining time I conduct activities that would capture the interest of the learners like showing them videos that would connect to my lesson. It was not hard for me to organize things like their notebooks because the library provides racks for all teachers to use. I also did not have to make my attendance sheet because it is already provided by the school.
Being a teacher requires a lot of problem-solving skills and I think being a Mathematics major helped me a lot in dealing problems inside the classroom. One incident is when I found out that the book Ibu Irma gave me was all in Bahasa Indonesia at first I was planning to translate it word per word but my buddy Jhuly gave me her mathematics bilingual book and that solved my problem. Second incident is when my laptop was low battery and I was not able to bring my charger, instead of using the projector I just use the white board and wrote the necessary words in my lesson.
In a classroom we meet diverse learners and with diverse attitude and characteristics and as a teacher our big challenge is that how can we control their behavior while protecting their right as a learner. One encounter I had was when my student told me “Shut up Bitch”, at first I was shocked to hear him say that but because I have to control my boiling anger, I just sat down and composed myself. While I was checking their attendance I stopped at his name, grabbed my hand phone and texted my buddies his name. I do not know if that made him nervous but I gave him a stern look and pretended to text Ibu Irma. I think he did got nervous because he said sorry after the class.
Purposes of practicum
The main purpose why I join this SEA Teacher program was to gain teaching experiences that is different from my experiences here in the Philippines. Aside from enhancing my skills in English language I wanted to enhance my skills in teaching mathematics. I think this purpose was not only met but the experience I had during my stay in Makassar is more than my expectation.
Procedures of practicum
Before I was able to teach in Makassar, Indonesia we undergo different types of test to check if we are qualified for this program. First stage, we had an interview with the batch 7 students of our University. We were asked a lot of questions and I honestly answered all of them. Second stage was an interview with the CTE faculty heads namely Dean Jocelyn, Sir Phyll, Maam Maribel and Maam Palma. The answered questions we gave in the interview will give them an assurance that we are financially, physically, and emotionally prepared to participate. Third stage is the lesson plan making. Fourth stage is an interview with Pak Yasser, our Coordinator, he asked things about my health and the food that is not good for me. Fifth and last stage, the blog tutorial with SEAMEO.
Outcomes of practicum
After my teaching practice, I have learned many things such as self-control and patience. The experiences that I have molded me to become a flexible teacher and a life-long learner. A flexible teacher is the one who is capable of adapting to changes and a life-long learner is the one who can voluntary motivate himself for the pursuit of knowledge. The teaching practice that I rendered in almost a month in SMP Telkom resulted to me being open to changes to myself and the environment. It gave me the realization that communication is one of the most important aspect in the teaching-learning process. Also, I gained a lot of friends not only the students but also the faculty members of SMP Telkom.
The challenges of practicum
During my teaching practice, I encountered so many challenges that shaped my character and attitude. First, the challenge about the differences in language used inside the class because I used English as my mode of instruction while some of my students does not understand English. I am thankful that I have Ibu Irma by my side to translate everything I said to the students inside the classroom. Second, the classroom management is one of the hardest part for me but I managed to practice it while I was teaching because I encountered different types of students like attention seekers, inattentive students, unprepared students, the flatterer, angry students, discouraged students and many more. One incident I will not forget is an encounter with a student who dominate most of my discussion or the attention seeker. I started the discussion by telling the class that I want all of their ideas but when he still answers all the questions I will suggest to the other students that they are free to participate even if they answer in Bahasa Indonesia.
My experience in this SEA Teacher Program is one of the most memorable thing that happened in my life. Not only did I experience a lot of challenges and struggles while teaching but I still I gained a lot of realization about life. I will bring these realizations with me as I continue my journey to becoming a successful teacher. I may not be a licensed teacher yet, but the people in SMP Telkom and UNM did not made us feel that way. Even though we are still student teachers they constantly give us the same treatment they give to teachers in their school.
Suggestions for future improvement
I would like to thank the people who made this experience possible, to our faculty members and dean in UM and even in UNM, and to the staffs and head of SEAMEO. Thank you! I suggest that the program should not only give welcoming to the participants but they also should put emphasis on the send-off. An event wherein all the participants are gathered (if not possible in person it could be online) and participants are given acknowledgement that they finally finished the SEA Teacher Program. It would be a wonderful experience for us to see our co-SEA Teachers from all the participating countries.