School Experience Program

School Experience Program is a program which given to the students of Faculty of Education, Sampoerna University as part of learning. Those experiences are expected help the students to apply and relate what they have learned in lectures to the real learning activities at school. In this first year, I had a chance to do “School Observation” where I need to observe teaching and learning activities directly and absolutely with the school that has been determined.

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, me and my group had a chance and experience to do the second observation in SMP Yasporbi II, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. Different with the school which I observed previously, teachers and students in SMP Yasporbi II were very kind and responsive. When my group explained about our aims to do observation, we were welcomed by the teachers so much. We were seek a class fits to our study program, so that we can be more focused to do observation.

In the first observation, I observed a class which is VII-A. They learnt about supplementary and complementary angle. The teacher (Miss Nanik) deliver the materials using formulas and step by step. In the first 5 minutes of class, she wants the students to collect their gadget, because probably she do not want the students’ learning interrupted. After that, she asked about the students’ notes in the previous meeting. She making some review to check their understanding. Then, she continued the new materials about supplementary and complementary. She engaged the students to discussed it together in case of they have any difficulties in understanding the materials. She then asked the students to read and understand the same materials in the given book, and she explained it again. After that, she gave them some problems related to the materials from the book, but with the different numbers for each student and solved the problems using the given formulas.

According to my observation, the teacher does not apply mathematical problem solving yet to solve the problems. She only used the formulas to solved without knowing the origin of the problem. Besides that, she does not made the students engaged in class because the students looks like lazy to learn. Moreover, problem solving is one of the important things that we need to do in Mathematics classroom in order to improve students’ willingness, self-concepts, to solve problems (Ayaz, 2015).

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