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Kompas Article

My views on IB Education was recently shared in an article on Kompas.

Jangan Salah Pilih… Pahami Sistem Pendidikan Sesuai Potensi Anak! – Kompas.com

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Euforia hadirnya sekolah “berkelas internasional” makin kuat di Tanah Air. Saat ini semakin banyak bermunculan sekolah yang menawarkan sistem pendidikan berkualitas atau berstandar internasional di Indonesia. Dengan embel-embel internasional itu, beberapa sekolah menambahkan kurikulum tertentu yang khas di luar kurikulum nasional. Sekolah-sekolah tersebut menerapkan proses pembelajaran dengan ciri khas masing-masing.

In Conclusion

Motivation: Schools and teachers’ often focus what we need to learn rather than WHY we even need to learn in the first place. Is it to simply get a good job, or is it to secure a good future or to be able to attain a certain preferred lifestyle? In addition don’t forget to de well in Language, Science and Math(typically hailed as the only subjects to measure student success)! Does this even produce meaningful learning in the classrooms? Next, how do I learn best? Are learners being guided to produce an environment that will help them attain deep, intrinsic and meaningful knowledge? We need a complete rethinking of our traditional motivational paradigm to promote life-long learning. It is my conviction that the challenge for every teacher is to help students discover their own intrinsic motivation for learning.

Technology: Helping students integrate variety of emerging media responsibly into their learning processes. Navigating intelligently through the jungle of information. Demonstrate proficiency in writing and critical thinking skills, and learn to contribute effectively and meaningfully to the online community. Technology is here to stay and as teachers we need to figure out how to best integrate it into our teaching methodologies.

Modeling: It is easier said then done. We expect our kids to be hardworking, focused, honest, life-long learners and so on. And yet how much of these traits do we actually model to our kids. Assuming we choose teaching because we are passionate about it, should we not be doing most of thing we ask our kids to do? It is a bit like parenting, “do as I say, not do as  I do,”simply doesn’t work. So much of teaching and learning happens collaboratively, with the teacher being both teacher and learner at the same time. We cannot expect our kids to be anything that we are not willing try to be ourselves.

The MTM above is what guides and drives me as both a teacher and a learner. Of each of the three ideas mentioned above has its own methodologies and pedagogies that needs further consideration.

Storyteller

What do I mean when I say I am a storyteller? Or at least aspiring to be one. Firstly in my passion as a photographer, I see myself as a storyteller, capturing images, freezing time as I see the world. I become the storyteller, I create the story according to how I envisioned it, it’s my story. Please check out emaginativeGallery to see my images as I explore and grow in my interest as a photographer.

Secondly as a storyteller, I see stories as a powerful motivational tool. We all have our own stories. At this very moment, our decisions today will decide our stories tomorrow.

Ever since young, growing up, I don’t think I was aware or in most instances had the opportunity to script my own story. I was carried and tossed by the waves of the world, dictating what and who I should be. My greatest mistake was that I often succumbed to these waves even at latter stages of my. It wasn’t till 1989, I begun to take control and script my very own story. I begin to discover my passion, follow my dreams and stand up for what I believed in. I am learner and I wanted to share that passion for learning with others. I’m and educator and I love to teach…

My story has only begun and it continues… I want it to be a good one…

Educator

My name is Mano, I am an educator and I desire to be a change agent through my teaching practices. George Barnard Shaw once said this “Those who can do, do; those who can’t, teach.” He argued that most choose teaching because they can’t do anything else well. The general frustration and criticism towards schools and the teaching profession has been relentless recently and will continue to be so in the future, at least in my opinion. Ever heard this, ‘I will learn and flourish in spite of school and not because of it’? Why so many of us feel this way about school? Even reflecting on my own personal journey, sure there were some good times here and there, but on the whole I was frustrated and could not wait to get out. And now, as an adult I love learning, as though I had a ‘deprived learning’ childhood. My desire is to provide students a different environment/experience in my classroom through my teaching/learning practices, one that would plant seeds in helping them to be a life-long learner. I want them to enjoy learning, and to create opportunities for their own personal growth. Three main ideas encompass my teaching philosophy; motivation, modeling and technology. I will discuss further about each of these in my upcoming posts.

Parent

The need for effective parenting has never been more urgent than today. Sadly in many cases, it doesn’t even exist. The world is struggling in providing the proper role models to our younger generation. Furthermore, in fear of the fierce competition that their children may face in future, a lot of parenting has been directed towards academic achievement rather than the heart. Primary parenting begins at home, from the parents, not from the school, nannies, grandparents, etc; we the mums and dads are ultimately responsible. Time is such a precious commodity that children are the first ones to face the cut in receiving the needed attention. Having worked as a Parent Educator for nearly all my working life I have seen with my own eyes the crisis of parenting. Children are simply not getting the attention and the guidance that they so desperately need. One of my goals as an educator, is as and when possible to provide help to parents to enhance their parenting skills. That’s another part of my life as an educator that I enjoy most. In my previous school, I was able to set up a small group of parents who are interested in growing their parenting skills and going on to help others in the community. It was a huge success; a lot of parents are in dire need of a support group to have meaningful discussions about parenting. Prior to academics, good parenting is needed to set the stage for academic success. In saying all this, having two children of my own, it’s much easier said then done. It is a struggle at times, to be the kind of parents they need, but struggle we must to ensure they have the necessary skills to succeed socially, emotionally and academically in their chosen career.

Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE)

Recently, on April 2011, I had the privilege to attend the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) training in Saigon, Vietnam. It turned out to be an incredible gathering of 60 highly motivated educators from around the world with a common vision of improving student learning with responsible integration of emerging media. More on this later, but the event definitely triggered a lot questions and initiated several personal self-reflections. One of the key things that I wanted to put down on paper was what I want to achieve in my profession and how these are to be aligned with my day to day life. Now, what I wanted to be 20 years ago may be different with what I want to be right now, in fact it may change a few years down the road, but nevertheless it was important that I was able to put a written statement down. I’m someone who needs a destination and a flight path. I need a personal map to keep me on the path that I may be tempted to stray from ever so often. So here it goes Version 1.0 beta. I will keep working on this until I feel it’s where it needs to be…

” I will help others to be greater than me, not less. I will continually reflect on my own aspirations rather than let the world shape my thoughts and actions, whilst forgoing my fear and living my life to the fullest. By seeking, learning and sharing my knowledge, I will strive to be an asset to the world at large. I will exemplify the change I want others to be. In all the roles bestowed unto me, I will endeavor to be a little better today, than I was yesterday ”