First Week of School

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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’

  1. Respect each other
  2. Take turn
  3. Caring
  4. Keep ourselves and others safe
  5. Share

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

 

Mamik

EY 2 Teacher

Sekolah Victory Plus

Nurturing Self Regulated Learner

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“Study skills really aren’t the point. Learning is about one’s relationship with oneself and one’s ability to exert the effort, self-control, and critical self-assessment necessary to achieve the best possible results–and about overcoming risk aversion, failure, distractions, and sheer laziness in pursuit of REAL achievement. This is self-regulated learning.

Linda B. Nilson, Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students Self-Awareness and Learning Skills

We, at sekolah Cikal believe that learning should begin with the end in mind. Therefore, upon developing our curriculum we begin with the subject of the learning: children. And we think of what the output of the learning that we wish to achieve, which is an individual with commitment, self – reliance and the ability to reflect.

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What does a self regulated learner looks like? At one time and another, we have observed self regulated learners. Self regulated learner is goal-oriented, capable to commit to his/her goals, and in doing so, he/she  is enthusiastic and eager to keep developing him/herself in many aspects. You may spot these learners arranges his/her priorities in completing duties. They respond with curiosity and efforts to setbacks or challenges, and are able to discover successful strategies to work independently and adaptively. More importantly, they understand what needs to be improved and how to do it.

In the effort of nurturing and building the dispositions, some challenges may occur. Often, the challenge revolves around making the decision to interfere and when to stand aside. For example, allowing a child to face setbacks and solve problems on their own such as separation, puberty, peer conflict and increasing academic expectations is always tough for parents. At these times, maintaining a sense of trust is crucial.IMG_20160816_111523

In school context,  we train these young minds to be the master of their own learning through various channel, from classroom activities such as daily reflection journal,  home projects and goal setting activity to school-wide program, such as peer mediator, student librarian and club activities.  In the journey of learning every single initiative counts,  and often it’s a matter of quality rather than quantity. We ask rather than tell, listen rather than talk, are involved rather than judge.

Indriyati Herutami

Principal, Sekolah Cikal

Establishing a Democratic Student-Driven Classroom

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The first week of new school year is usually the most enthusiastic time of the year for all school community members.  It is the time of year to reset new spirit and energy and get along with new surroundings.  It is also the most crucial time to establish a conducive learning settlements for groups of learners in their new chapter of their learning journey. We would like our learner to feel welcomed, engaged, and independent of their own learning.  Here are some pointers to ensure the success of that journey, which is strongly dependable on the effectiveness classroom management set in this crucial week:
1. Let the students be mindful of their new surroundings.  Let them get to know their new classroom as well as the people they will be spending their school days with.
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2. Lead them to decide how they would like their learning environment to be, and set agreement.
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3.  Give them more roles in organising the classroom (everyone learns best when they know they are in charged).
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Good luck for the new school year! Let’s use this year to create meaningful experiences for our learners.
Karen Karina Kawilarang, S.Hum
Grade 3 Teacher and Year Leader,
Homeroom Teacher of Grade 3 Bangsa
Sekolah Victory Plus

21st Century Education A Comparison between Finland’s and Sekolah Victory Plus’ Education System

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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.

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Introducing Indonesian Education and Technology

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:

 

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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
Bekasi- Indonesia

 

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