Dra. Siti Nasrah, Kepala SMP YP PGRI Makasar:
SMP YP PGRI has been a DBE3 partner for one year. So far, we have consistently applied all programs which have been developed by DBE3. We have had positive results as we learned more from DBE3. Now we use learning methods which encourage students to work in groups to solve problems.
There are some changes in our schools, thanks to DBE3. The changes include seating arrangement in classrooms. We have many students in classrooms. Some even have 48 students. To make more space in the classrooms and to give students access to interact with each other, we arrange the seats in a U shape. This has proved to be effective.
Teachers play a crucial role in the learning processes. Students can be more active in learning when teachers know how to conduct lessons effectively. To support good learning, we give certain support to teachers. We provide flip charts, books and other tools. We encourage students to write reports on what they learn and present them in the classrooms.
Siti Nasrah with Anwar Holil in the school library.
People put a trust in us, though we are just a private school. Every year we have to reject hundreds of students who enroll in our school. Our focus now is to improve the quality of learning in our school. For that, we are counting on the DBE3 develop-ment program. I can say that SMP YP PGRI will be totally committed to improving the quality of learning.
Drs. A. Lutfi, MM, Kepala SMPN 2 Sedati:
Now, teachers in our school are regularly implementing Contextual Teaching and Learning (CTL). DBE3 has trained and assisted us in implementing CTL in the classrooms. I can see that there is a cooperation between teachers and DBE3 facilitators, resulting in some good progress.
There are some significant changes at SMPN 2 Sedati, thanks to DBE3. The classrooms are now better managed. Students have opportunities to work in groups to discuss things and learn in a better environment.
Teachers do not just give theories and concepts but also real examples. Students have opportunities to display their work in the classrooms. To us this is a big improvement.
We are using team teaching in our school. In accordance with rules, teachers should teach 24 hours in a week. With team teaching, teachers in our school can satisfy the rules. Team teaching is also effective in helping students learn.
To ensure the effectiveness of team teaching in our school, we ask other teachers to monitor its implementation.
When teachers participate in a workshop or training, we ask them to share what they learn from the workshop with their colleagues.
We also have applied ICT in the classrooms. We use laptops, LCD projectors, learning software and TVs in our lessons. We are doing it to improve the quality of learning in our school.