A Video for all of you!

Just wanna share this video to all of you which summarizes my activities and experiences during the SEA Teacher programme.

It was our Second Semester when I heard the big news I’ve never thought I can hear in my life. I was chosen as one of the five students in our college to represent our university in an exchange program. With the help of our Lord Almighty, my parents, our Dean of the college, Dr. Eliza T. Samson, our university faculty and staff and our advisers it was possible for me to join the program.

It was dawn when we arrived to this beautiful country, Indonesia and we are welcomed by Mr. Purnama and Mr. Komara faculty and staff of UHAMKA our receiving university. After staying for two days at UHAMKA we drove to Bekasi together with my fellow SEA Teacher batch 6, Kayla and Crismae, Bu Ahmel head of the PAUD UHAMKA and our Indonesian buddy Umi. When I went out of the car, I saw a colorful school, that’s when I knew it’s KB/Teka Sabilina our practicum school and in front of it are children who were holding drums together with their teachers with smiles written on their faces. It was a heart-warming welcome and I feel honoured. They even gave us our very own “pashmina. “ They toured us around in the Kindergarten as well as in the Elementary School. After that, we went to see the house that we will be staying. The founder of Sabilina opened the doors of her home to us. I really feel happy and grateful at the same time.

We started our observation the next day. I was assigned to Class Amanah which means trust in Arabic. I handle children with an age range of 5-6 years old. Classes start at 7:15 am and ends at 12:00 noon so we must be at the school before 7:15. Before starting anything, the teachers must always have this early morning circle time where they pray and this will surely help to condition their mind and body. After that, we must prepare the pupils journal in which the pupils draw anything they want and when they are done they must show it to us or the teacher assigned to them and they will tell us what they draw. The journal also serves as their attendance. The challenging part for me is that our pupils used Indonesian terms for the things they draw so I need to ask the teachers to translate it to me. But everyday I’m making progress and little by little I tend to understand the things they are saying. I’m also getting used to the school routine and because of that I can assist the teachers with all my best. The pupils are much disciplined and well organized. They know where to properly put their shoes, they know how to fall in line and they listen well to their teachers. The school uses six centers, which are the dramatic center, blocks center, preparation center, science and nature center, worship center and art and creativity center. The teachers’ activities for the pupils are hands-on, that way the pupils are learning by doing.

My teaching and assisting period are one of the highlights of my stay here. This period is really enjoyable. It’s fun to really engage myself in talking to the pupils as well as to the teachers. Of course there is a language barrier but that can’t stop me from doing my duties and responsibilities as a student teacher. I used gestures and facial expressions to communicate to them. I learned basic Indonesian words and I never stop learning every day.

I can say that my stay here is really memorable and full of fun. I remember myself together with my two (2) fellow Sea Teachers helped weighing, packing, and counting all the meat that is to be distributed on the “feast of sacrifice” or Eidul Adha. It feels really good to be helpful to people. Truly, we had a lot of holidays and we tried lots of Indonesia’s savoury food like beef rendang, Arabic rice, lontong, sate, fried mushrooms that taste like fried chicken, several soups and not to forget that we drink tea almost every day. I also tasted the 86 year old Italian ice cream. We learned one traditional dance which is called “Sabilulungan” through the help of Bunda Ida a teacher in Sabilina Elementary School together with her daughter in which we are given the opportunity to perform it in front of our pupils parents on a weekend. Speaking of weekend, the teachers in Sabilina specially Ms. Syarah and Ms. Nurul always make it a point to tour us to several must visit places here in Indonesia. We visited Bogor where I saw the Presidents Palace, Kota Tua the old town of Indonesia, Monas the National Monument of Indonesia, the biggest Cathedral in Jakarta, Masjid Istiqlal the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia and we also visited Taman Mini.

I learned a lot in my short period of staying here. As a student teacher, I must be sociable and must easily adapt to new environment. I learned that communication serves as one of the prime factors to building a relationship with new people in new atmosphere. I also learned that no matter how diverse your cultures are, constant communication and open-mindedness absolutely break the barrier. Most of all, time alone does not make firm relationship between you and the others around you but time, respect and broadmindedness do.

I really consider myself lucky to be a part of this program where I met new people, lived in a new environment, made friends and made memories that I will surely treasure in my heart forever. The experiences which hone me to be who I am today and what I can be in the future, the skills that are enhanced for me to be a productive citizen, I owe all of those to the people who helped me in every way they can. I wanna thank UHAMKA and SABILINA for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents and other skills in teaching. Truly, this is a wonderful experience.

SCHOOL PROFILE

Student Name: Erica Mae E. Calaustro

Home University: Mariano Marcos State University

Receiving School: Universitas Muhammadiyah Prof. Dr. Hamka

Blog Address: ericacalaustro.home.blog

 

  1. School General Information and Academic Administration
  • School Profile
  • Name of institution : TK Islam Sabilina (Sabilina Islamic Kindergarten)
  • NPSN : 69926410
  • Established in             : February  1999
  • Address
    • Name of street                         : Jl. Cendana Blok Rt.4 Rw.15 Kranggan Permai
    • Urban Village (Kelurahan) : Jatisampurna
    • Sub-district (Kecamatan) : Jatisampurna
    • City             : Bekasi
    • Province             : Jawa Barat
    • Phone Number             : 021-8455760/0813 8389 0432
  • School status             : Private
  • School Principal             : Khusniyati Masykuroh
  • VISION

Building a Generation that is Faithful, Knowledgeable and Noble

  • MISSION
  1. Grow a sense of love for Allah Swt.
  2. Establish noble character that puts forward the example of the Prophet Muhammad.
  3. Grow love for the Qur’an and Sunnah as a guide to life.
  4. Develop the potential of children to become independent individuals.
  5. Providing complete and educational learning facilities so that children become creative.
  6. Involve parents, children and the community as learning resources.

 

  • GOAL
  1. Students have the character of faith and devotion as a sense of love for their creator, Allah Swt.
  2. Students have a love for the Holy Quran which is reflected in daily activity.
  3. Students behave like the morality of the Prophet Muhammad.
  4. Students grow and develop healthy, balanced and age-appropriate.
  5. Students have resilience in adapting to the environment and subsequent development.
  6. Students have the basics of knowledge, ability, and skills to continue their education at the next level.
  7. Making schools as learning centers where parents and communities are involved in the education process.

 

  • Teaching System
  • Sentra or Creative Curriculum is a teaching system that balanced between teacher’s guidance and children’s initiative.

 

  • Materials and other learning sources
  • Blocks
  • Art materials
  • Lego
  • Natural materials
    • Measurement and evaluation system
  • The teachers evaluate the performance of the pupils through the use of Authentic Assessment. They provide activities to the learners that they can manipulate and count the number of objects that the learners manipulated.
    • Curriculum
No The Program

 

The innovations that have been made Year
1 Young entrepreneurs Building Children’s Entrepreneurship through activities:1. Small Farmers (planting-harvesting)Give children the opportunity to plant simple crops, recognize various types of plants and vegetables, care for and harvest crops  2011 – 2015
2. Processing of cropsYields are processed and packaged for later sale on market day 
3. Making works by utilizing used goods 
4. Market DayChildren and teachers learn to plan what products will be sold based on market themes and interests. Speaking skills, courage and confidence in interacting with others, and applying the character of the Prophet when trading are skills that develop in this activity. 
2 Sabilina loves to learn Quran Building the Habits of Children who love to Learn through Little Hafizh (A person who memorizes the Holy Quran) activities and Introduction to Hijaiyah (Arabic) Letters

 

2011 – 2015
3 Sabilina loves the earth Building the Characters of Children who love the Environment through activities:

1.  Donating Tree / Ornamental Plants

2011 – 2015
2. Donating Family Medicinal Plants
3. Garbage Bank
4.Visit to Garbage Collector

 

5.Utilizing used goods as learning material
6.Used Clothing Creation Contest

 

7. Educational Props Contest from Liver Rubber Waste

 

8. Collaboration with WWF (World Wild Foundation) to organize the activity “I Love the Earth”

 

4 Sabilina loves to read Building children’s reading interest through activities:

1.      Book Day

2012 – 2015
2.     Mobile Library
3.      Story Telling
4.      Story Reading
5.      Parents Storytelling
6.     My favorite book
7.    Visit to “Community Reading Park”
8.    Book donation from World Bank
9.    Donating books
5 Sabilina loves to write Building children’s writing interest through activities:

1.      Writing Competition for teachers

2013 – 2015
2. Writing Competition for parents
3.      Publishing Teachers Books
4.        Publishing Parents Books
5.      Publishing Children Books
6 Sabilina loves to share Building children’s emphaty and enjoy sharing through activities:

1.      Socialization of Sabilina’s Saving Box For Sharing Purpose.

2011 – 2015
2.      Social Service to Orphans around the school
3.      Social Service to Elderly around the school
4.      Free health check-up by parents to elderly around the school
5.      Social Service to Foster Children around the school
6.      Sharing skills for poor moms around the community
7 Sabilina loves Indonesian Culture Building children’s nationalism by respecting national culture through activities:

1.      Introduction to regional songs and dances

2011 –

2015

2.      Cultural Performance
3.      Getting to know cultural figures: Puppeteers and dancers
4.      Sundanese Sabilina for Thursday
8 Sabilina loves to save money Building economical character and likes to save through Bank Day programs. Collaborating with BNI (Indonesian National Bank) every month to save money. Children only need to save Rp. 10,000 or more to save money through BNI officers who come to Sabilina Islamic Kindergarten. 2011 – 2015
9 Brother Teaching

 

Building friendship and brotherhood with Sabilina Elementary School Islamic brothers and sisters through activities:

1.    Futsal with Brother

2012 – 2015
2.    Fun Science with Brother and Sister
3.    Dancing with Sister
4.    Fun Games
5.    Storytelling , etc
10 Sabilina Award

“Assembly for Students”

Giving appreciation for the progress experienced by children.

 

2013 – 2014
11 Sabilina’s Great Parents Class Schol Sharing forums for parents to discuss child growth and development. Giving basic parenting materials as an effort to equalize the frequency and point of view of childcare, so that children can grow and develop optimally.

 

 

2011 – 2015
12 International Day Introducing children to a variety of cultures in the world, in the form of clothing, songs, languages, games, dances, and food.

 

2012
13 Mother Day Presenting a mother figure in school activities, giving appreciation to mothers as partners in educating children and providing motivation regarding the importance of the role of mothers in preparing excellent generations.

 

2012, 2013, 2014
14 Center Learning Settings Dividing the center of learning interest into 6 activity centers by providing a variety of activity posts that vary in each center, children have many choices and the freedom to start activities according to their chosen interests

 

2011 – 2015
15 Moving Class Every day the child learns in a different place, to create a new atmosphere, prevent boredom and encourage children to move (according to the child’s age development)

 

2011 – 2015
16 Motor stimulation throughout door games

 

Children develop their motor skills every day while playing in the playground. To improve the quality of physical motor stimulation of children, it is continuously carried out renewal and the addition of facilities to play out the door

 

2011 – 2015
17 Morning Journal Providing various activities for children as emotional transition from home to school, and developing aspects of child development

 

2011 – 2015
18 Introduction to computers Introducing computers to children starting from getting to know computer parts, maintaining, turning on, operating, and shutting down the computer.

 

2011 – 2015
19 Sabilina Cinema

 

Use of LCD in the learning process. Presenting an interesting learning process by utilizing technology in the learning process

 

2011 – 2015
20 Internet Utilization The internet as one of the teacher’s learning resources in finding new ideas and references in the innovation of learning activities (google, you tube)

 

2011 – 2015
21 The Peak Theme The peak theme serves as a concrete picture for children that connects the interweaving of activities in the theme being studied.

 

2011 – 2015
22 Children’s Exhibition Children are given the opportunity to sort out which works are worth displaying at their stands. Children learn to sort and classify objects, appreciate the success of themselves and others, and build pride and self-confidence. The presence of parents is a reinforcement in the appreciation of the achievement of each child’s success.

 

2012 – 2015
23 Visit to the Orphanage Children are brought directly to see and interact more closely with the lives of children who are materially and non-materially disadvantaged. By providing a very effective direct experience to build empathy and sensitivity of children as well as parents in seeing the needs of others and learning to accept and be grateful for the gift of Allah Swt.

 

2011 – 2015
24 Performance Day Giving children the opportunity to regularly appear on the mini stage, witnessed by friends between classes to learn to manage emotions while in public. Children learn to manage their feelings, attitudes and expressions continuously until eventually they will get used to and be able to overcome these feelings, so that the courage and confidence in the child grows

 

2013 – 2015
25 Eating Education Building eating habits in children and gratitude for God’s blessings on the dining table, introducing various tastes, shapes, textures and colors in various types of food.

 

2011 – 2015
26 Praying Dzuhur and Dhuha Education Building obedient character on children and introducing prayer as an expression of gratitude to Allah Swt.

 

2011- 2015
27 Parents Observation Giving parents the opportunity to see children’s activities in school, how teachers teach and handle children, with the aim of building synergies in children’s education when at home and at school

 

2011 – 2015
28 Cooking Mama Giving parents (mothers) the opportunity to become guest stars in activities with children. Mothers become Sabilina master chef, introducing children to the food and how to cook it.

 

2012 – 2015
29 Camping Class Giving children the opportunity to live independently with basic life skills that they need to master. Give children the opportunity to feel the sensation of sleeping with friends in school without parents. Children learn to plan and prepare all the needs needed when traveling and staying overnight. Children learn to cooperate, stand in line, be patient waiting for their turn, orderly agendas, and independent learning. They also manage themselves while sleeping separately with their parents. Children learn basic life skills needed in later life

 

2014 dan 2015
30 Fun Cooking Giving children the opportunity to try cooking as a life skill, fostering a sense of respect for children in Allah’s food. They also learn to respect their mothers or cook staff who have prepared food for them.

 

2011 – 2015
31 Fun Science Giving experience to children to explore various objects, both living things and non-living things that are around them. Children learn to find the symptoms of objects and symptoms of events from these objects. Fun science also trains children to use their five senses to recognize various symptoms of objects and symptoms of events. Children are trained to see, feel, smell, feel and hear. The more involvement of the senses in learning, the more children understand what is learned. The child acquires new knowledge of his senses with various objects around him.

 

2011 – 2015
32 Independent Hajj Manasik (Simulation of Hajj) The Sabilina Islamic Kindergarten organizes children ‘s Hajj rituals independently. Children learn one of the Pillars of Islam about Hajj through the story of Prophet Ismail, Ibrahim AS and practice demonstrating the procedures of the Hajj together. To strengthen children’s understanding, each class project related to Hajj rituals

 

2011 – 2014
33 Sport Day Introducing children to various types of sports, both in the form of equipment and how to play

 

2014

 

  • Teaching Plan
TIME ACTIVITIES
07 :15-07 :30 ·         Students Arrival
07:30-07:50 ·         Morning Journal

·         Reading Holy Quran

·         Morning Free Play

·         Cleaning Time

08 :00-08 :15 ·         Circle Time
08 :15-08 :45 ·         Morning Activity
08 :45-09 :00 ·         Snack Time
09 :00-09 :20 ·         Outdoor Play
09 :20-11 :15 ·         Designated Center
11 :15-11 :45 ·         Lunch Time
11 :45- 12 :10 ·         Brushing Teeth/Take Ablotion
12 :10-12 :20 ·         Dzuhur Praying
12 :20-12 :30 ·         Preparation on Going Home

 

 

  1. Pedagogical Concepts
    • Teaching methods
  • It is both a teacher-directed and child-centered approach wherein the the teachers facilitate the learning of the children and the children are given the chance to do the activity on their own and to choose what activity they want to do first.
    • Learning materials and innovations
  • The learning materials are blocks, lego, art materials and natural materials.
    • Sources of learning and technology
  • The sources of learning and technology is through donations.

 

  • Authentic Assessment
  • The children are given different set of activities that develop them in the different domains of development.

 

  1. Teaching Plan
    • Curriculum
    • Teaching plan related to your major
  • Since I was assigned to learners which aged 4-5 years old, therefore I teach the 3 primary colors which are red, blue and yellow. I also teach the learners about shapes that are appropriate to their age, level and learning pace.
  1. Observation on Teachers
    • Planning for Teaching
  • The teachers planned and prepared the activities that they will introduce to the learners because there is a teacher that is assigned to every center.
    • Preparing lessons and materials
  • In preparing lessons, they need to see to it that the activities or lesson will develop the child in the six programs that stated in their program which are physical, moral, cognitive, language, arts, and socio-emotional. For the materials, it is already prepared in which teachers just chose the materials inside the classroom that they will use in the lesson.

 

  • Teaching in class
  • Before teachers will start to teach, they will have a circle time to condition their mind and it is called ‘zero mind process .’ Teachers first have their greeting time on each other and then they will sing a song. The children and the teacher sat on a mat in a circle form. The teacher is all smiles while teaching the children which makes the learning environment friendly and non-threatening. Second, the teacher has changed of tone of voice just like when she is doing a storytelling.  In behaviour management, the teacher will get the attention of the learner. Teaching in class is more of a play that enable the children to have fun while learning. Teachers first introduced the activity like showing something that would represent the topic and from there she would start asking questions. Then, she will implement the lesson through different activities. While presenting the activity, teachers show, demonstrate and tell what to do. Then, lastly the .processing in which the teacher asked again the things they have learned.
    • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Children are evaluated through the activites given to them whether they can draw, color, paste and cut. Also the teacher will count the number of materials that the learner manipulated.
    • Others
  • Teachers is very friendly to the children wherein they treat the learners as their children and also the teachers are close to each fellow teachers.

 

  1. Teaching Practice
    • Procedures of Teaching
  • In teaching it should be carefully well-planned and prepared for a better delivery. I made and used activity plan to teach since they are kindergarten. Before I introduced the lesson, I greet the learners by saying it in Bahasa since I already know some of the greetings in Bahasa. The procedure of my teaching goes this way. My activity plan has three parts, first part is the introductory part, in here I introduced the activity either in a form of of a song, game, picture. It depends on how the teacher wants to introduce the lesson. In my first teaching I used a song to introduce the lesson then the second is by showing a picture. I asked the children to tell the kind of shapes that is being shown. Second is the implementation part in which in my first teaching is I grouped the learners and they will form the puzzle. My second teaching is I instruct the learners to jump if I say red, clap if I will say blue and stomp if I will say yellow. Third is the processing part in which I asked question if what did they learn .In my first teaching I showed pictures and real objects and they will tell the shape of it. My second teaching is I also showed pictures and real objects and they will tell the color of it.

 

  • Time management and organizing activities

Time management is an important aspect of teaching so that the teacher will ensure that all the parts of the lesson are able to discuss. I make a table to follow for my teaching.

 

Time Minutes Activity
8 :00-8-05 5 Greeting song
8 :05- 8 :15 10 Introductory Activity
8 :15- 8-30 15 Discussion
8 :30-8 :40 10 Introducing the activity
8 :40- 8 :50 10 Working time
8 :50- 9 :00 10 Processing time
9 :00- 09 : 15 15 Snack Time

 

  • Problem-solving
  • The problem that I encounter in teaching is about the language barrier because all of the learners don’t know how to speak and understand English language. But thankfully, I have the teacher to translate everything so that the learners will understand it. Moreover I also used gestures to teach the learners.
    • Classroom management
  • A good teacher must have the knowledge about classroom management. Based from my observation, children want to learn in a friendly classroom so I make sure that I have a cheerful disposition in class. I am smiling to them and appreciating their answers.

 

 

 

  1. Summary and Suggestions
    • Purposes of Practicum
  • There are so many reasons to join in this kind of program. First, through this program I can get experiences in other country based on their culture, religion, perspectives and others. I can learn on how to deal and handle young learners based on their different learning styles and behaviors. Moreover, I can develop my social skills and widen the friendship of Filipino people to Indonesian people. In addition to that, I can share may experiences, learning, teaching styles and the Philippine culture to Indonesia.
    • Procedures of Practicum
  • As I have my almost one (1) month practicum in Indonesia, there are some procedures that I have to follow based on the guidelines in the SEA Teacher Project. Wherein our first week is for observation. Second week is for assisting. Third week is for teaching and the last week is for evaluation.
    • Outcomes of Practicum
  • At the end of the practicum, I have so many experiences. I learned about the education system and teaching styles in Indonesia which they use in teaching. I also gained self-confidence in teaching and to be an independent individual. Another one is I learned on how to become more patient in handling the learners based on their behaviors and learning styles. Moreover I developed my social skills and make friend with Indonesian people despite of having a different culture and beliefs.
    • The challenges of practicum
  • There are a lot of challenges during my practicum in Indonesia such as learning their culture just like, I have to sit whenever I drink and others. Moreover about culture shock. Another one is the food that we ate, knowing that Indonesia loves to eat spicy foods. Especially language barrier because some of them don‘t know how to speak English. However, despite all of these challenges I overcome, adjust, experienced and learned a lot of things that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

 

  • Overall impression
  • In my almost one (1) one month of staying here in Indonesia, I developed and enhanced some of my personalities to be a better teacher. Just like having patience with the pupils eventhough they are naughty. In addition to that is to be strong in every struggles and problems that I may encounter because my parents were not here to helped and guide me. I also learned to become more independent in every way because not all the time there is someone to help me. Moreover, I went to beautiful places in Indonesia. I also learned to speak some of the Bahasa words in Indonesia.

 

  • Suggestions for future improvement
  • I would like to suggest that the school should communicate always with the sending university because we have a conflict in the schedule. They thought that we will stay there until September 20, 2018. But we settled it immediately and organize the events into earlier time frame.

Flying Back Home

September 7, 2018

It felt surreal that I went here. I learned a lot in my short period of staying here. As a student teacher, I must be sociable and must easily adapt to new environment. I learned that communication serves as one of the prime factors to building a relationship with new people in a new atmosphere. I also learned that no matter how diverse your cultures are, constant communication and open-mindedness absolutely break the barrier. Most of all, time alone does not make firm relationships between you and the people around you but time,respect and broadmindedness do.

Goodbye Indonesia. I’ll come back soon! Thankyou for the memories! So lucky to be part of the SEA TEACHER PROGRAMME!

Visiting the Public Speaking Class of Ma’am Syarah

September 5,2018

The pupils at the public speaking class of ma’am Syarah are Grades 5 and 6. We are here today to help boost their confidence in speaking the English language. Some are shy at first but became active in asking questions as the conversation went on. We told them that we are going home the next day so they asked why do we have to go? They still want to spend time with us. I smiled and answered, that they shouldn’t worry because someday in the future we will meet again. After the session, we are asked to go to the principals office and we are grateful for the presents they gave us.

Farewell Party

September 4,2018

I woke up feeling different emotions today. I’m happy but at the same time wondering why staying here is like a blink of an eye. I wore my yellow and green Filipiñana. Bunda Imaz, our principal and the founder Ibu Maftu have been teary-eyed giving their messages to us. Telling us that they wish us well and that we will be successful teachers in the future. I’d be lying if I say I didn’t cry hearing their messages. The pupils entertained us through a dance number and I was wondering how i didn’t see them practicing the dance the time i was here. I even cried when I watched the video they made for us. I didn’t know they were taking photos and recording our activities here. They gave us presents. I was moved because they know each one’s favorite color. We hugged our teachers and said our goodbye’s to our pupils. I met the student teachers from UHAMKA, our receiving university.

All of us formed a bond that I know will never break although we are going to be apart and not see each other as often as before. We found a family at Sabilina. And yes I left a part of my heart here.

Class Visit

September 3,2018

It’s a good day to talk with the pupils at Sabilina Elementary School today. Ma’am Syarah arranged a 30 minute talk with the pupils of the assigned sections of Sabilina Elementary School.

The purpose of this is to enhance their English speaking skills and to eliminate their fear of talking the said language. Pupils eagerly and actively asked questions to me like, what’s my favorite indonesian food, place and what are the indonesian words I know. They also asked about my country, the Philippines like what is the curriculum we are using. Some of the students even gave me a letter saying they will miss me. 1 section even asked for my signature.

I enjoyed all the conversations i had with them. I hope to see those kids being successful in their chosen careers in the future. I know they will.

My Last Sunday in Indonesia

September 2,2018

We went to the church at 7:30 because the mass will start at 8:00am and ends at 9:30. After that we are picked up by the Hana and Miss Irma.

Today we are going to Taman Mini also called as the miniature of Indonesia. Taman mini consist of villages and temple that represents all the provinces in Indonesia. One day isn’t enough to visit all the places here. It was really wide and at the same time magnificent. We are accompanied by our teachers. We talk about a lot of things and they also have a good sense of humor. We went to a souvenir shop and bought things there.

Skyworld

Soldier’s Museum

Science and Technology Center

China Town