Last week was my group turn to become facilitators in MMSEL course. This was a wonderful opportunity for us, why? It was because we could learn one step ahead of our friends. We had to understand the material before the other friends of learning. Actually, we had difficulty that when we searched for the source material. We had a trouble in finding the right material to be shared to our friends. We also did some preparation the days before the course, we discussed the methods that will be used and divided our tasks when we facilitate our friends.
Actually, the material that we convey was not difficult to be understood, because these materials have a very close relationship with the real situation in the classroom.
The material consists of several important sub-topics, namely:
Introductory Focus: Attracting Students’ Attention
Introductory focus is a lesson beginning that attracts student attention and provides a conceptual framework for the lesson (Marzano, 2003b).
Personalization : Links to students lives
Personalization is valuable motivation strategy for several reasons (Strong, Silver, Perini, & Tuculescu, 2003; Wortham, 2004).
Involvement : Increasing intrinsic interest
Involvement is the extent to which students are actively participating in a learner, result in increased interest and learning (Hidi, 2002; Lutz, Guthrie, & Davis, 2006).
Feedback : Meeting the need to understand
Feedback is about learning progress that essential for both learning and motivation. Feedback follows a formative assessment, exercise to guide teaching and the student’s learning. When feedback indicates that competence is increasing, self-efficacy and self-determination both improve, and intrinsic motivation increases.
Assessment and Learning : Using feedback to increase interest and self esteem
Butler and McMunn (2010) said that Assessment is the act of collecting information about individuals or groups of individuals in order to better understand them. The purposes of assessment are to provide feedback to the students and to serve as a diagnostic and monitoring tool for instruction.
I said that this material is very easy to understand because it is highly related to our experiences in the classroom. When I was in high school, I was very pleased when learning math with teacher A because teacher A could teach the material by connecting it to the real-life examples. It was very easy for me to understand it. While providing the result, teacher A not only provided numbers only. He always gave me feedback so I knew my weaknesses and my mistakes. In addition, I could learn a lot from the feedback then I couldn study harder to get better grades.
The figure of teacher A made me inspired to become a teacher who can make the students motivated in learning.