Like last week, MMSEL Course led by our friends. The difference was that we were facilitated by Fredy, Synta and Pienta in that time. There were interesting things in the learning process in which we learn through discussions, presentations and games.
In this discussion we divided into several groups, which I gather with Lega, Sabrine and Anggi. Appropriate material that is given facilitators, we focus on discussing about the “Order and Safety”. Initially, we were confusion in defining the word “Order” because our group has two definitions of the word, namely command and continuous sequence. Finally, we agreed to define the word “order” was a command that has been used as a constant habit. For example: in an elementary school, we saw the teacher put a stack of papers (student worksheet) on the table. Without ordered, the students come up directly to the stack of papers is because they already understood that the stack of sheets of paper it is their job they should take and do.
Actually, the word “order” can also mean laws or regulations. The teachers usually make an agreement with the students at the beginning of the school year. This Agreement is intended to create classroom rules to be followed and implemented by students during the learning process.
In accordance with the original definition that “Safety” is Security. We define the word Safety as security to be created in a classroom. The correlation between Safety and Order is that both have a goal to make the class as a safe and peaceful place to learn. Eggen and Kauchal (2010) defined the Order and Safety as a climate variable where teachers and students work together in creating a predictable learning environment. The aim is to support the learning of students with physical and emotional security.
After discussion, each group must present what they have learned in front of the other groups. In this session, we could learn from our friends, I called it as “learn from the learner”. The benefit of this presentation was that we couldn’t learn from what was discussed by other groups. From the others group, we learn about Success, Challenge and Task Comprehension.
- Success is a climate variable that can motivate the students in learning process. Success is not only about getting high scores on assignments then a student who has a mistake don’t indicate that the student are not successful. Success indicated by learning process and accomplishing task. The aim of success is to develop self-efficacy of the students.
- Success will increase motivation to learn if the tasks are challenging. Success depends on challenge involved in the learning task. Thus, self-efficacy of the students will increase when they succeed on challenging task.
- A challenging task will not increase motivation to learn if the students do not suppose that the task is meaningful, important and worthwhile to understand.
This was the most exciting sessions, where we worked in groups and must define TARGET through a grueling game. Actually, TARGET is an acronym for Task, Authority, Recognition, Grouping, Evaluation and Time. We were given time to explore on TARGET. After that we had to match the definition of the word TARGET with sentences that have been provided. In this game, we should not look at our records or cheating of any other group. Unfortunately, my team lost the game. I and my friends had difficulties in defining sentences that we should match with TARGET. The sentences were very complicated to understand. Although we lost and did not get a prize (Choki-choki) but we had no regrets because we have gained something more important than the prize, it was about TARGET.