This week was the second week I did my Teaching Assistance program at SMAN xxx Jakarta. On this week, I focused on teaching experience. I taught at class X-1 with Septi and Ester. We taught mathematics lesson with the topics were quadratic functions (day 1) and quadratic inequalities (day 2). Before teaching, my group needs to make a lesson plan for each topic and consult it with the master teacher. I got new knowledge about how to make a good lesson plan from the consultation with the master teacher, like how to make a worksheet and how to create the activity based on the indicators.
When I reflected with the models of learning, I knew that the learning model on that class was reception. The master teacher always uses Teacher-Centered Learning (TCL) method and gives routine assignments. She said that the culture of X-1 students was very passive. They didn’t like to do a discussion or group work and rather to work individually. The background family was the main reason why they became like that, because most of them came from the rich family. So, the master teacher suggested us to use TCL method too. She was afraid that the students will be shocked and give negative responses if we use different method.
About my teaching, the effective sides of it were on the way I deliver the materials, ice-breaking and personal approaches. On both days, I delivered the materials as simple and clear as I could. The master teacher supported me. She said that my performance was good; appropriate gesture, clear voice, systematical explanation and gained students attention. The ice-breaking was a ‘seven bomb’ game with a bit improvisation to make it related with the materials. I gave it at the 1st day and I could feel that the atmosphere became more alive after that game. The way I did my personal approaches was effective too. I walked around the class and helped the students if they still didn’t understand with the materials. Last, the master teacher also highlighted on the way I made the students engage with the learning activity. She said that it was good to engage the students by giving some questions, asking them to do the example, etc.
There were also ineffective sides on my teaching experience. Surprisingly, I felt that ineffective things only at the 2nd day of teaching. Those were on my intonation, time allocation, and video. The master teacher reminds me to improve my intonation when deliver the materials. There were some parts that need to emphasize, so the students know that it is important and give more attention into it. For the time allocation, my group didn’t use time wisely at the 2nd day of teaching. We spent too much time in explanation and haven’t done the reflection yet. Last, the master teacher said that video that we gave was OK but not effective enough. It will be more effective if we explain it too, so the whole class will be more understand.
Overall, I really enjoyed those two days of teaching. It was my first experience to teach as the real teacher. I felt so nervous at first, but I could handle it and there’s nothing wrong happened. This experience extremely strengthened my motivation to be a teacher. I learned a lot from all that happened in this experience and I’m sure that it’ll help me to be a good and effective teacher. 🙂