1.1 School Profile
Name of institution: Sekolah Islam Athirah (Athirah Islamic School)
Founder: H.M. Jusuf Kalla
Athirah school was named after the mother of the founder H.M Jusuf Kalla at the same time H.M Kalla is the current Vice President of Indonesia.
Become a superior school that is characterized by Islam, national spirit and global outlook.
Develop a learning system that is able to equip students with spiritual intelligence, emotional intelligence, and intellectual intelligence.
Anggun, Unggul, Cerdas
Anggun (Islamic behavior and being humble)
Unggul (Excellent in quality and achievement)
Cerdas (Smart in Sciene and Technology)
A Journey to an Effective School
Worship Work, Costumer Appreciation, Faster, Better and Active together
1.2 Academic Support System
In Athirah, teachers are the main support for their academic system. Teachers in Athirah provide a real-world activities and lessons for their students. Sometimes, they also used environment awareness as their materials in teaching.
Athirah Islamic School’s administration also take a look in the needs of the school like the equipment for instructional materials such as LCD projector and mini sound system which are being fixed in every class of Athirah that made the process of teaching for the teacher easier if ever some of the materials are not available in their place. Part of their academic system is the safety of their learners also, that is why every corner of the school has a CCTV that is being installed, even in their classrooms where the principal can monitor the teachers. These are their ways have an effective teaching-learning process.
1.3 Teaching System
Athirah’s teaching system uses “thematic approach”. Thematic approach is a way of teaching and learning. It is being integrated with a theme. For example, the grade 2 classes have the theme “Parts of the house” and for grade 3 classes have the theme “Traditional Games”. Those themes are being encountered in the everyday lives of the pupils. This approach also sharpened the vocabularies of the pupils regards to what they encountered.
In Athirah, there were pupils who are in the bracket of Special Needs Education, but they were in a regular class with their assistants.
1.4 Materials and other learning resources
For the learners to be holistically and academically developed, Athirah has an area for studying Quran, Praying Center, Musical and Dramatic Center, Cookery, Training ground for sports and Library, prepatory room and baby room.
For things or teaching can be easily prepared, they have modern technological materials such as computers, laptops, printers, photocopy area which is free for all, sound system for Drama purposes. Each classroom has a fixed LCD projector, screen, microphone and mini sound system for teaching purposes.
1.5 Measurement and Evaluation System
At the end of the class, the teachers in Athirah always evaluate their learners how far they have mastered the lessons through paper-and-pencil test. They had daily tests. The pupils are being given with worksheets to evaluate if they absorb the topic or not and for the teachers to know if they will proceed to the next topic or not. The teachers also reinforced the topics if the learners did not do well in their lessons before they proceed to their final evaluation in every theme.
The Curiculum in Athirah is based on the Curriculum 2013.
Curriculum 2013 develops a thematic approach that benefits students’ cognitive abilities.
Learning methods in this curriculum are based on culture values of the province. The development characteristic of this curriculum emphasize on the equality of spiritual, social, curiosity, creativity, knowledge and psychomotor collaboration.
In Athirah, their curriculum is focused on their Islamic behavior for they always follow their praying time and always has a class of their Quran in their study area.
Their curriculum is also focused on their culture for they celebrated their traditional festival also through dance, wearing of traditional attire and putting up booths for showing the different products made by their own land.
In Athirah, they have 1 year for Pre-school at the age of 5, 6 years in elementary from ages 6-12, 3 years in Junior High School from 13-15, and Senior High School from 15-18.
1.7 Teaching Plan (of your major)
As an elementary student teacher, the teachers in Athirah and I have some similarities in their planning and teaching. The teachers set first the mood in their class, before they moved to their motivation by showing video clips or they called some students to demonstrate what they said to get their learners’ interest and attention. After the motivation, they went to their lesson proper where the teachers and the learners interact each other for their discussion. After discussion, the learners had their worksheets already.
For my teaching plan, I always include the application and generalization. Whereby the application, I will let my learners mastered the lessons by themselves and I am just their facilitator at that time.
“Salim”, the one that I will never forget in Athirah. Salim is one of their ways to greet and show respect to their teachers. When I was in Athirah, whenever and wherever my pupils always run into me and do the Salim. When they did that, it was not only to greet and show respect but for me, that shows how they accepted me as their teacher, sister and friend. I love the way they call me “Miss Jesah”.
In the Philippines we have the “Mano”. Mano shows respect to our elders.
1.1 Teaching Methods
Athirah’s teaching methods are traditional and progressive. Traditional in a way that teachers in Athirah are the sole source of teaching. They discussed very well the lessons. They also have the progressive teaching method, where the learners participated very well in their class as they express themselves by questioning, answering or by adding some information from their teachers’ discussion.
1.2 Learning Materials and Innovation
Learning materials and innovations are of great help for achieving an effective teaching and learning. Each classroom in Athirah has their own Library corner with books on the bookshelves. Information boards can be seen in each room also. Alphabet letters are being pasted on their wall for vocabulary purposes too. Athirah has different areas in acquiring knowledge. They have their Praying Room, Library, Dramatic area, Modern Musical Instruments Room, Cookery, Training ground for Sports and their Study area for Quran. They also have an area for kids who are 3 years old below and a preparatory room for ages 4 to 5.
1.3 Sources of Learning and Technology
Teachers being the over-all director on the process of teaching make them the main source of learning.
Teachers are planners, instructors, facilitators, managers and encouragers. Just like the teachers in Athirah, they did prepare well their lessons and materials for the learners to absorb the topics very well. Prescribed books are also given to the teachers as their references in teaching.
Teachers also used Internet to add some information for their lessons. In Athirah, they have a strong network connection. Since the owner of the school is the vice president of Indonesia, he is the biggest source on the facilities being used by the administration, teachers down to the leaners.
1.4 Authentic Assessment
Authentic assessment means the students are asked to perform real world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills. – Jon Mueller
Athirah uses and conducts performance tests and hands-on activities. For example, my mentor, Miss Yanti called some pupils from grade 3 class to demonstrate how to do the “rock-paper-scissor” because the topic of grade 3 was traditional games in Indonesia. So from that, the psychomotor domain is being involved from her teaching.
Bachelor in Elementary Education- General Education is my "Core Curriculum".
Core Curriculum is a set of courses that are considered basic and essential for future class work and graduation.
This curriculum taught me how to be an effective elementary teacher someday. In this curriculum, I will hold learners at their young ages, from 5-12. In this course also, we need to finish 4 years of studying including our practice teaching. We had 8 semesters and 2 summers after our second year and third year level in College.
All the subjects in Elementary are all my majors like English, Mathematics, Science, Filipino, ESP, History, TLE, Values and others that our curriculum included.
1.2 Teaching Plan (related to your major)
For my one-week observation, I really planned what strategies and objectives I should implement for a more interactive class. Since I was teaching pupils at their early ages, I made my application, part of my teaching plan, to be their “play-time”. Through playing, they will master the lesson.
1.1 Procedures of Teaching
After my observations for a week, I prepared my lesson plans for grade 2 and grade 3.
These are my procedures for my teaching practice:
1. I greeted my pupils “Good morning” in Bahasa, English and Filipino. It was like a give-and-take part. I learned theirs and they learned ours.
2. I set the mood in the class by singing a warm-up song entitled, “Where is daddy?” with hand movements through the use of fingers as family.
3. I went to my motivation by using video clip of my topic, “Parts of the House” for grade 2 and “Traditional games” for grade 3.
4. I proceeded to my lesson proper. I served as their instructor and facilitator. Being their instructor during the interactive discussion and being their facilitator on the part of application. For their application, I gave them an activity that everybody participated.
5. By using their activity on application, I used that as my generalization too. After generalization, I gave them their worksheets.
1.2 Time management and Organizing Activities
Seeing the pupils’ differences, I made my teaching plan suitable and appropriate for the grade 2 and grade 3. For grade 1, I assisted my cooperating teacher.
Every Sunday, I always check on my schedule on what to do for the whole week. Last January 30, 2019, I asked my cooperating teacher to not report in Athirah because I needed to prepare my materials for my teaching. For my final evaluation in teaching, I prepared my materials from February 3, 2019, so that I would not be nervous in front of my pupils.
To be honest, “communication” was the hard thing I’ve done in class. During my teaching practice in class, I looked for the simple words for them. I also translated from English to Bahasa Indonesia in some of the important parts of my lesson through internet and the help of my cooperating teacher. Like the following:
Parts of the House- Bagi-bagian rumah
Living room- Ruang Keluarga
Dining room- Ruang Makan
Bathroom- Tamar Mandi
Bedroom- Kamar Tidur
Praying room- Ruang Sholat
I also used Psychomotor skills for them to understand the topic.
1.4 Classroom Management
Before I proceed to my discussion, I set a one rule and that was to raise their hand if they want to answer. From that rule, I could monitor those who participated, and for me to identify those whom I can help in class.
1.1 Purposes of Practicum
To show diversity of different cultures among the Southeast Asian countries, The SEAMEO has this SEA Teacher Project to let the Student Teachers go into another place to teach and to learn new things to their assigned country.
I am being delighted to be involved in the SEA Teacher project of the SEAMEO. It is one of their best projects where us, the students like me, went in Indonesia for a one-month Practice Teaching.
Practice teaching is one of our compliances in our 4 years’ education in college. The practice teaching is our witness how far we will apply the things we have learned from our home school. Through this, we also learn the different methods and strategies for an effective teaching-learning process.
SEAMEO gave me opportunities to experience others’ culture- their ways of living like the Indonesians.
1.2 Procedures of Practicum
These are the procedures of my practicum:
1. The Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM), our receiving university welcomed and oriented us in their school for our first week of staying in Makassar City. On that week also, we had our micro-teaching.
2. For our second week, we went to our assigned school, Athirah Islamic School, the place we had our practicum. They also welcomed and oriented us about Athirah. After that, we officially reported to our cooperating teachers. I have Miss Yanti as my cooperating teacher who teaches grades 1, 2 and 3 in English subject. We also had our observation for this week.
3. For my third week, I did my actual teaching already.
4. For my last week in Athirah, I did my final teaching and being evaluated by our supervisor, Dr. Widyah Karwila Sau-A and my cooperating teacher, Shariyanti. I thanked God for it was successful and the pupils participated very well.
5. We also had our farewell program in Athirah and we proudly wear our national attire from the Philippines.
6. And every weekends, our buddies always tour us around Makassar which served to deepen our knowledge in Indonesia through the City sightseeing.
1.3 Outcomes of Practicum
The practicum taught me how to handle a class very well. During my practicum, I have encountered pupils’ differences, whether needs or interests. I learned to be an observant and understand pupils through their eyes. Each class there will always be an afraid pupil to express himself/herself, that is why during their worksheets I approached those pupils first to check on them.
For a one month stay in Indonesia, I already loved how to embrace people with different cultures, languages and races. Because of this practicum, I personally met Thai people, half-Indonesian and half-British student in Athirah and of course I met thousands of Indonesian people.
1.4 The Challenges of Practicum
To be honest, I was challenged by “communication skills”. For me, I went there to teach and to be involved with them, that was why I adopt or should I say, I learned Bahasa-Indonesia also so that my pupils and I will understand each other. Not only for my pupils, but also the Indonesian people around me like our driver, La Macca hotel’s receptionist, the sellers in the canteen and others.
And there was a time that we were running out with water in our hotel, so went to the school without taking a bath and we only used wipes.
As a future teacher, I needed to learn new things and accept difficulties for me to be better and well prepared in the field of teaching.
1.5 Overall impression
For my practice teaching, though communication was sometimes the barrier, I can say that my pupils and teachers in Athirah sincerely accepted as part of their lives also. I saw in the eyes of my pupils how excited and happy they were when they saw me. Whenever I was around Athirah, they always do the Salim to me and that is what I am missing right now.
For my one month stay in Indonesia, the people around me like our buddies, supervisor, coordinator, receptionists, guards and many more, did really accommodated us with their whole hearts.
Indonesians are friendly, happy, humble, hardworking and they have a long patience for everyone.
1.6 Suggestions for Future Improvement
I am really proud how Indonesian people loved and protect their own language, “Bahasa”. But since we are living in a world with differences and one is the language, I can say that they will include English as their second language for international communication purposes.
In Athirah, they have this motto, “Anggun, Ungul, Cerdas” which means Humble, Excellent and Smart which they always do for themselves and for others. So for their academics, I can suggest more authentic assessment for the learners so that they can easily find a solution whenever they will encounter problems in this real world. Some needs hands-on activities for the three domains of learning be achieved- the cognitive, psychomotor and the affective for unending education.
For the SEA Teacher Project headed by the SEAMEO, more participants will be involved so that more people will learn from each other and enjoys other companies’ despite of the differences.