Sekolah Victory Plus
“Red, yellow, and blue are great alone, but when you mix them you create something beautiful. This is how lasting friendships are formed. Two individuals coming together to create something beautiful -FRIENDSHIP” – Maribel Siems
Our current central idea is about tolerance of different characteristics supports people to interact with others and build friendships. Therefore, we conducted an activity where the students could work together and explore science in an artistic way. It is amazing to witness how one activity can stimulate five trans disciplinary skills.
- Social skills
Students learnt how to work together with their friends to create a beautiful artwork: friendship wreath. They placed their hands on one primary color and then held hands with their friends to create new color.
- Self-management skills
Students learnt to play safely, not to smear the surroundings and their friends.
- Thinking skills
Students thought of different colors they could make using those primary colors. They also
learnt how to make a certain color brighter or darker.
- Research skills
Students were curious to find out what color would come if they mixed certain colors.
- Communication skills
Students communicated to each other and to their teachers about the result of the color mixing.
At the end, they might not remember what the lesson was, but I believe they remember the joy they had when they learnt.
Sheila Widya Laksmi
Homeroom Teacher of EY 2 Jupiter – Sekolah Victory Plus
To help students connect to the unit: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities, we started with students’ prior knowledge and experiences. This is what we called “tuning in” stage. The aim of tuning in is to get students thinking about what the unit is about.
What did the students do at the “tuning in” stage in this unit? This is what they did; they were asked to move to other classes. They had to gather with different teachers and students from other classes. In the new class, students studied with their new friends and different homeroom teachers.
The next day, students were given a chance to choose which class and activity they want to join. After they had finished with the activity, they came back to their own classroom and shared their feelings when they were forced to move to other classes and when they chose where they wanted to be.
Finally to get students to tune in is to reflect. Some guided questions were given to help students shared their feelings and experiences. Below are the questions:
- How did you feel when you were forced to move?
- Why did you think it happened?
- What were the changes?
- What did you do to adapt to the situation?
- How did you feel when you have a freedom to choose where you want to be?
Most of the students said that they were shocked, confused, and sad when they had to move to other classrooms. But when they were given freedom to choose where they wanted to be, they were so excited. They also were able to come up with ‘migration’ in our class discussion. Bravo kiddos!
Students did a reflection about the tuning in activity.
Homeroom Teacher of Grade 5 Barito
SEKOLAH VICTORY PLUS (SVP)
Displays have the ability to create a rich environment that is both engaging and welcoming – displays can be bright and colorful or scientific and intriguing – either way, if they are done correctly they can really influence children’s learning.
A sense of belonging is really important in any classrooms, especially in primary school. If each student has at least one piece of their work on the wall then they will feel more at home in the classroom. This promotes a sense of pride and team spirit which is essential in any class.
Display boards also give us the opportunity to teach the class through the art of creation. By decorating the boards together with the class they will feel a great deal more involved in the overall project and remember the information the teachers are teaching them.
Here are some wonderful class displays in Grade 5 classes.
Homeroom Teacher of Grade 5 Barito
SEKOLAH VICTORY PLUS (SVP)
The first week of school is the most important week of the school year and it is always be exciting for both teachers and students after the holiday. This is the time for teachers and students to make an adjustment. Everything was well prepared to welcome those days. Everything was made to attract the students to play and learn
At the first week of school the students made their agreement. They wrote their agreement on a big piece of paper and put their colorful hand prints on it. We called it ‘Give Me Five’
- Respect each other
- Take turn
- Keep ourselves and others safe
We tried to make our days more relaxing and less stressful with fun activities that required arts and games. We read stories, created our ‘jar of stories’, played together at the big playground, made friends and shared holiday experiences. We sang IB learner profile using ‘twinkle-twinkle little star’ tune. We used movements to represent the profiles. They loved it so much, for it’s easy listening.
The students also explored and created IB learner profile in the classroom. They made it using their understanding and of course their language. They discussed, wrote, and put them on the window so they could see and read it everyday.
Our first week of school was awesome. Students enjoyed their times to play for learning and of course they had fun.
“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.”
— Oscar Wilde, author and poet
EY 2 Teacher
Sekolah Victory Plus
Having a chance to pursue higher education in Finland is such a privilege for me since as a teacher, I am aware the importance of education for myself. As well as being birth country of Nokia, Wifi Technology and Angry Bird, Finland is well known for their high quality education. Of course studying there is not without challenges, especially the weather. Experiencing -30 degrees Celsius and going to 8AM classes in total darkness are very extreme for me personally. Still, it is totally worth the fight considering the outcome.
Talking about the education in Finland, equality and trust are factors that I believe contribute the most to Finland’s known reputation for their education quality. Let’s take a look: the main objective of Finnish Education is to offer everybody equal opportunities to receive education and this objective is well supported by having free education for everybody starting from Day Care Services up to University level. Not only that, most education and training is publicly funded, there are no tuition fees at any level of education.
If we go deeper, we’ll find that in primary education, the school materials, lunch, and transportation are provided free of charge. While, in secondary education students only pay for their books and transport. In addition, there is a well-developed system of study grants and loans; financial aid can be awarded for full-time study in upper secondary education and in higher education.
As I mentioned above, trust is one of important elements in making the education great in Finland. Teachers are given trust to develop and manage their own lesson and class activity to achieve the learning goal as there are no particular ways of learning.
Another thing that I am very please about is to see plenty similarities between Finnish Education and what we are doing in SVP:
|Teaching style and class activities||Teachers are given trust to develop and manage their own lesson and class activity to achieve the learning goal as there are no particular ways of learning.||Teachers are given freedom to manage and modified their class activities guided by the Curriculum Coordinators. Planning is being done on a weekly basis and teachers are constantly challenged by the coordinators to deliver and create engaging activities that develop the student’s inquiry.|
|Teacher’s support to student||They are aiming for equality, where everybody learns and nobody is left behind.||Differentiated learning is being implemented, because we are aware that each student has different needs when it comes to learning.|
|Quality of teacher’s education||Potential teachers are selected carefully through University selection. The Teacher Education programme is known as one of the most challenging programmes to do and graduate from. It is compulsory for Finnish teachers to have a master’s degree as their educational background.||Currently there are many teachers pursuing their master’s degree and many of them have successfully graduated with a master’s degree. The school is trying their best to support teachers in pursuing good quality higher education. For example for the past 4 years SVP have been facilitating teachers who want to pursue their master’s degree by collaborating with a well-known university in Jakarta. Teachers are able to enroll in the programme and take the class in SVP’s classrooms after school hours. Teachers are really helped in this way, because they do not need to travel far. By next year the second batch of teachers who are taking this programme will graduate.|
|Teacher training||Teacher training is provided and funded by the Government annually. Thus, most of teachers have strong research backgrounds as their base for teaching.||As a practitioner of 21st Centuries Education and Differentiated Teaching, teacher’s skills and knowledge are one of the priorities in our school development. In SVP, teachers have weekly Professional Development meetings to be up to date and continue to be lifelong learners.|
|Learning Orientation||There is no national examination for students in basic education; teachers are responsible for assessment through an ongoing process of learning instead. There is only one national examination, which is matriculation examination. This is held at the end of general upper secondary education. The test result is normally used for admission to higher education (University or Polytechnic).||The learning is more process oriented instead result oriented. In SVP, assessments are beyond test. Teachers have ongoing assessment to monitor the constant progress of the students. The school has ways of reporting the student’s learning beyond just a report card, such as learning celebrations and student led conferences.|
|Learning Environment||To achieve 21st century learning in Finland, learning is designed to be fun and engaging. They are aiming to prepare the students to be ready with challenges that they are going to face in the future.||At SVP we are implementing the 21st century education system that encourages students to be creative, collaborative, communicative and critical in thinking because learning is beyond memorising textbooks or passing exams. Education should develop students to be inquirers and lifelong learners. Learning happens far beyond the classroom and the open learning concept is being well implemented in SVP. When students go for excursions, experts are invited to share their knowledge allowing students in SVP to learn beyond the textbooks or Google, so they will be equipped with relevant information that is useful for their future.|
In conclusion, according to my experience whilst learning in Finland. SVP is on the right track to provide the best education for our students. I am glad to know we are implementing a very similar approach to a country that is well known for their Education.
By Adelina Mulyani Go
Sekolah Victory Plus