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Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman

Date: January 12, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. Students will get a chance to read I think it is a good idea to make
15 minutes every day to improve students read at least 15 minutes every
their reading skills. day. Children nowadays are more into
gadget and rarely have an eagerness to
read. In this class, fortunately, my
cooperating teacher said that her
students love to read. Every time they
get a chance to read, they will happily
read.

2. While reading a story, teacher I really like this method. By asking


explained every part and asked question while reading story, teacher
trigger questions that are related will be able to gather students
to the story line. attention and make them think
critically towards what they are
listening. In this case, they will think
critically about the story they are
listening instead of only listen for
pleasure or fun.

3. Teacher chose the student who The popsicles will help the teacher to
can answer the question, using not only choose the same students over
popsicles sticks that have their and over again. Most of the time, a
names on it. classroom will have those ambitious
students who are able to answer any
questions. It makes the struggling
students lose their chance to answer.
The popsicles make all students get
chance to answer.

4. Teacher collected all students I actually disagree with this method. It


school supplies and will just give is true that third graders are, most of
it to students when they need it. the time, careless but if they keep
doing this, the students will not learn
how to be responsible with their
belongings. Both teachers and parents
need to let the students learn what are
the things that they should bring to
school instead of managing school
supplies for the students.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: January 19, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. Star Students, rewards for those Reward is one of the best motivations
who have a good attitude. to trigger junior students in working
better. But as the students grow older,
teacher needs to stop giving physical
reward like stickers or stars and trained
them to gain intrinsic motivation to
finish education.

2. Teacher let the students to watch Video can be a really effective


video for a long time. educational media but if it is more than
what it supposed to, it will make the
students lose their focus and start to
play by themselves. In the future, the
teacher maybe can start give just a
short and then an activity after the
video or cut a long video into some
section and put some activities in
between the video. Therefore the
students will keep putting their focus
on the lesson.

3. During story-telling, teacher let In some points, letting student to sit


the students to sit anywhere they anywhere they want maybe well for the
want. students because they are all have
different ways to concentrate. On the
other hand, it will be hard for the
teacher to check whether all the
students listen to her story or not
because they are all scattered in the
classroom.

4. In my lesson, I gave them the In my next lesson, I will not give them
material for the game first before the material first before I give them the
I gave them the instruction. full instruction and make sure everyone
understand. Students tend to lose their
focus on the teacher when they have
got their own toys.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: January 30, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. In my lesson (Devotion), there are I need to improve my time
some parts that I could not cover management. Some of the activities
because of the lack of time. were too long and sometimes the over-
time activity was not the main activity.

2. The teacher have not done This is one the best aspects that the
assigning the students literature teacher has. The teacher could think
circle, therefore she gives the fast and came up with an idea when she
students an activity in order for can work and at the same time, do not
her to finish her work while all have to control the students. It is
students were working. better she is more well-prepared but in
this case, I was amazed with how the
teacher could think fast.

3. Indonesian students cannot speak It was my first time joining Bahasa Class
Bahasa well even though Bahasa is and I was surprised with the students
their mother-tongue. Some Bahasa skills. I was expecting that they
students know more advance can speak Bahasa very well but I found
Bahasa words. out that they need to translate some of
the words in Bahasa into English. The
teacher maybe can push them more in
using Bahasa as their main language
even though the school uses English
more by giving them vocabulary list
that they need to use in everyday life
on every Bahasa lesson.

4. In Biblical Studies, the teacher Telling analogy might be good for the
was talking about how God told students but teacher needs to pay
Abraham and Lot to leave their attention to the message especially
place without telling them the when they tell it to a special student.
destination. Then the teacher told
an analogy; the story was like if
somebody told us to go to
Disneyland but did not tell us
which ride to ride. One of the
special students lost his focus
after the teacher told the
analogy. Instead of talking about
Abraham, this student talked
about Disneyland.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: January 31, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. During one of the lessons, Personally, I did not really agree with a
suddenly there was a boy from teacher who shouted or yelled to the
another class, got into the class students even though that student was
without knocking the door. The not come from our class. If I was
teacher was surprised and teacher, instead of yelling at them, I
shouted from the place where she will try to just be calm and ask whether
stood which is about 4 meters that particular student needs anything
distance to the door. from our class.

2. In my own lesson which is English, I realized that I am still struggling in


I was not able to finish all the time management and it is my biggest
activities. I tend to be panic and challenge in teaching. On the next
make the lessons phasing become lesson, I will bring my own timer and
very fast. for activity that I do with my students, I
will use the timer in order for me to be
easier in controlling the lesson.

3. The student was not able to The book was actually easy to be
understand the story that I have understood but the theme of the book is
read to them. too artsy and imaginative for them.
They can picture every character that
the book mentioned but they cannot
connect each storys part. Somewhat,
the story was not make sense for them.
In the next occasion, I will try to read
the book first before I decide to read it
aloud to my students.

4. Teacher was not able to explain I found out that grade 3 students
the instruction clearly and forgot understand better how to do the
to model the activity. activities if the teacher models it first.
Some students are still struggling in
understanding verbal instruction
without model or demo.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: February 1, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. We had a fieldtrip to Hakka This was my first time experienced this
Museum, a museum about Chinese kind of situation when teacher needed
Indonesian community, in Jakarta. to know every single thing that the
We went there by bus. On the way students do and bring. I learned how
there, student could watch a teachers role as a parent in school
movie using the DVD player in the was really applied in this school. Back
bus. One of the students brought to my school year, teacher was just
a DVD but before they played it, somebody who taught us new things but
the teacher needed to check rarely checked our behavior.
whether the DVD is age-
appropriate for them or not.

2. Teachers split the class into two Splitting the class into two smaller
smaller groups. One teacher will groups and put those on two different
handle one smaller group. Each starting points were the best solution to
group started from different level avoid chaos in a school fieldtrip. About
therefore there will be no groups the content of the fieldtrip itself,
that will meet and make a noisy because fieldtrip is a class outside the
situation. There was no tour school, the students need to learn
guide, therefore the teacher something. If each group does not have
needed to read every explanation a tour guide that is an expert of the
on each of the object in the museum, it will make students learn
museum. The students asked nothing from the trip. In my opinion, to
many questions to the teacher. overcome this kind of problem, it is
Most of the time, the teacher better for the teacher to do research
could not answer because she is about the location that they are going
not a Chinese Indonesian; she did to or the content of the museum that
not know the history of Chinese they want to visit.
Indonesian.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: February 2, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. In Biblical Studies Lesson, many In giving instruction to primary
of the students kept asking about students, teachers need to be more
the reflection assignment they explicit and model it. They are still in
just got even though the teacher preoperational stage, based on Piagets
had told them the instruction theory, in this stage; children cannot
over and over again. understand an abstract idea. That is
why teachers need to be explicit. In my
Bible class, I thought I had explained
their task clearly. In fact, I have no
explained it clearly because many
students still asking me about their task.
There are two main faults that I made.
First, I did not check for their
understandings. Second, I did not model
what they are supposed to do. In the
future, I will always remember to check
for their understanding and model all
kinds of assignment.

2. One student got mad when he This is one of the highlights during my
did not get an author that he practicum. I never imagined I would be
wanted for his library project. He in a chaotic situation. From this
cursed and was mad at another experience, I learned that third graders
student who reported him to the are actually realized what they are
teacher. This situation made the doing and they can actually do a self-
whole class became very noisy in reflection for anything they have done
library. The librarian got mad and especially if they were making trouble.
punished all the students by Because when my cooperating teacher
making them stay longer in asked them to raise their hands if they
library instead of going for lunch. were the one who made the librarian
After lunch, the homeroom mad, all of the students raised their
teacher talked to all of the hand. I learned that sometimes
students and she asked all of the punishment is the most effective way to
students who did wrong to raise control the class especially when our
their hand. All of the students students is having a bad behavior.
raised their hand.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: February 3, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. In the Bahasa Indonesia Class, the I came from a school that speaks one
teacher was speaking a formal hundred percent Bahasa Indonesia.
Bahasa Indonesia in any kind of Therefore, I never mind about not using
activity. The students had a very very formal Bahasa Indonesia in the
low level of Bahasa Indonesia classroom. My teacher back then never
vocabularies. used formal Bahasa Indonesia because
formal Bahasa Indonesia made the gap
between teacher and student larger.
Even though Indonesia has a high power
distance culture, my teachers were all
trying to make the gap between them
and the students smaller. However, in
this school, where they applied low
power distance culture, the teacher
needs to speak in formal Bahasa
Indonesia. The reason might be because
almost all of the students in regular
Bahasa Indonesia class do not have
many Bahasa Indonesia.

2. I was not able to finish the lesson I taught them about Intro to Decimal
base on the lesson plan that I and the activity was they needed to use
have made because she was lack fake money to buy some stuff that they
of time. I spent too much time on could choose from the catalogue.
the games rather than content. However, they were having too much
Besides, closing activity was not fun and it made me forgot that the
clear and connected with the time was running out. I was not able to
activity. conclude my lesson. In the future, I will
try to bring a timer or assign time on
the computer, therefore the students
will realize that they do not have much
time to do the activity.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: February 6, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. In the devotion, students played The devotion was my lesson and I
a telephone game. They were thought game will be one of the best
separated into groups of 5. During openings for the day because it will
the game, there are some of the make them awake and get ready for the
groups who complain because next lesson. Unfortunately, during the
they did not get a chance to game, I did not realize that I only paid
answer the question. attention to the groups that sat on my
left side. The right side groups were
raising their hands but I was not paying
attention to them. Next time, I should
pay attention to the whole class
especially in a game because it is
related with which group, or person,
win the game.

2. It was the first day of swimming It was a great thing to know how
week. Teachers assigned them to teachers in SPH are very concern with
sit based on the swimming line. students safety especially the girls.
There are three teachers who Maybe in the future, the school can try
were assigned to stay in three to look for a female sport or swimming
locations around the swimming teacher instead of depending on the
pool. They need to supervise the teacher to only supervise them.
whole swimming activity. One of
the teachers told me to pay
attention more to the girls
because all of the swimming
teachers are men.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman

Date: February 7, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. The teacher was trying show I learned how sometimes lesson can be
video about Ishmael but the video out of our planning and that is the
did not work. It took some times teachers job to have another plan or
for the teacher to finally decide back up plan. In this case, because it is
to stop trying and move on to the related with technical issue, it would be
new activity. better if she prepare another lesson
without any technical element. In my
Alignment 1 class, my professor once
said that sometimes it is better for us to
not have any technology element in a
lesson, except in technology class.
Because most of the time, technology is
the one who always causes a trouble.

2. In Bahasa class, teacher kept In my opinion, that was a good idea


giving clue for every answer that because it helps students memory and
she wanted the students to then they will remember the answer
answer. next time because of the clue that the
teacher gave.

3. I taught Biblical Studies but I learned a lot from this Biblical Studies
during the activity, some students lesson. I learned that I should model any
did not get my instruction and kind of activities that I want my
those students who understood students to do. It would be easier for
my instruction, they had done the them to copy what we did rather than
activity and I did not have any interpreting teachers instructions.
extra activity. Also, I learned that I should have extra
activities for those fast learner and
doer.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: February 8, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. During the Grade Level Physical Teachers behavior is also a part of the
Education, all the grade 3 things that I want to learn from my
teachers had a meeting to talk practicum because behavior defines
about the next unit. During the your professionalism. Coming from a
meeting, some teachers are country with high power distance
eating heavy meal and there was culture makes me confused with many
one teacher who sat on the table. things in my practicum place, especially
if it is related with teachers
professionalism and behavior. I was very
surprised when I saw a teacher was
having a heavy meal during meeting,
meanwhile from my background, it is
not appropriate to eat in a formal
meeting. Moreover about sitting on the
table. I come from the background that
said it is rude to sit on the table.
Therefore, I conclude that a
professional teacher is the one who can
adapt with the majority culture.

2. Grade 3 had swimming week. I think this is a very good idea. Instead
Their swimming time was after of letting them sit there, stare at their
break 1 every day. Teacher friends who are swimming, or make
encouraged those students who noises, better for them to do their work
were not swimming because they or read their assigned independent
were sick to bring their books or book. Besides the swimming activity is
class assignment to the pool area. also a part of a lesson, that was why
Therefore, they could read or did students could not play around even
assignment while waiting for their though they were not doing anything.
friends swimming.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: February 9, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. Students needed to make a We made the timeline outside the
timeline of their birthday date classroom and it makes the teacher
altogether as a class. harder to control the classroom. It
Unfortunately, there were many think, it is better for us to make the
students who were busy with timeline inside the classroom, therefore
themselves while teacher and it will be easier for teacher to control
some other students were pasting the classroom.
the birthday date on the timeline.

2. They have a combine class for I found out that it is very helpful for the
Mathematics means the struggling teacher if they have a separate class
students were combined with the between the struggling and the advance
advance students. The student because they have a very
mathematics class was talking different understanding level. However,
about rounding decimal to whole during my lesson, I knew that I could
number. When I (the teacher) did not explain more because it will make
check for understanding, a lot of the advance students bored and lose
students did not fully understand their concentration. Therefore, what I
the lesson even though I had did was, after I gave all students the
repeated it twice. worksheet to do in this lesson, I went to
each of the struggling students table
and helped them. I had also prepared
for an extra worksheet to those
students who were able to finish the
worksheet faster than others. I wanted
to make sure that all of the students
understand the concept by being able
to work on the worksheet. I think this is
one of my best lessons during
practicum.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: February 10, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. In my Bahasa Indonesia class, I It was funny to find out that my
played the same video that they students have every watched the same
had ever watched before. video before. Because I was not telling
what am I going to do to my Indonesian
cooperating, she did not tell me that
they have done this. However, my
student could not remember who the
figure that was shown in the video was.
I learned that sometimes it is fine for a
teacher to repeat her lesson twice
especially to Junior Class because they
might be forget about what they have
ever done, just like what happened in
my class. In the next occasion, I will try
to send my cooperating teacher my
lesson plan that I will use, therefore she
can check whether it is the same
activity that the children have done or
not.

2. I forgot to ask the student to One of the things that I learned from my
clean up their desk before they cooperating teacher is, they never
went out for lunch or break. forget to ask the student to clean up
their desk before they leave the
classroom or move from desk to carpet.
I kept forgetting this almost in all of my
lessons. In the future, I will try to
always ask them to clean up. I think this
is a very important trait that the
student need to remember because they
will learn how to be responsible with
their own belongings.
Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Name: Stephani Anugrahman
Date: February 11, 2017

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What could be
improved? How? What will I do differently? How does
this connect to the theory I have read from class?)
1. Students were doing presentation I was actually surprised when I knew
about their assigned author in that they got homework to make a
library. The student was just read presentation and do a presentation in
their presentation. During the front of the class. I think third grade is
question and ask time, many not ready to do presentation. As we can
students asked a question that is see the result, during the presentation,
outside the topic. Meanwhile, the they were reading the presentation,
student who did the presentation, instead of expanding the point they
most of the time could not answer made on the slideshow. Question time
the question. in the end of the presentation showed
that they are not ready for presentation
because they were not understand that
they need to master the topic before
they do a presentation in order for
them to answer their friends questions.

2. During Mathematics class, teacher Modeled the students for what they are
taught probability. She showed going to do might be the best explicit
how many combinations that the instructions that will make student
students can make from several understand better. However, I think,
item. Then the teacher modeled teacher sometimes still needs to
them how to do the worksheet. explain the instruction again if she saw
However, during the time to do that almost 90% of the class did not get
worksheet, many students did not her instruction.
understand some of the command
on the worksheet. The teacher
did not repeat the instruction in
front of the classroom again, even
though she saw many students did
not get her instruction.