Self reflection for educators/parents : we expect our students/children to gain their habit on proper reading and writing, but have we really modelled this in our daily activities whether it is at home or at school e.g. if you are a teacher who is teaching reading and writing, do you even have a strong habit of reading and writing? Do you do this also when you are not teaching? and if you are a parent, do you have the time to read or write in front of your kid when your at home or do you just watch TV and catch up on your social media? #educatormindset

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The All Time “Time Travelling” theme

Just watched X-Men : Days of Future past today in the big screen. I think this is the best X-Men movie I have ever watched, but that’s not what I’m going to talk about. What I want to talk about is the theme of the movie which is time travelling. Time travelling, hmmm? Since the day H.G. Wells wrote his masterpiece science fiction novel “Time Machine” in the 19th century, the thematic time travelling plot in novels, movies up till now has fascinated a lot of people. One of my favorite time travelling movie is “Back to the Future”, a masterpiece from the well known Steven Spielberg. The most thought provoking question when I think of time travelling is if I had the opportunity to time travel, what would I do? or if I met my younger me, what would I say?

 

Students and the necessary skills

Here’s a presentation that I did in front of Sekolah HighScope Indonesia parents explaining about the skills needed for students/children when they go into real life situation (university or work settings). 

Goals,failure, goal, and more goals and failure to solve the mysteries of the future

As an educator it is our duty to steer students to the goal of success and create them to become human beings that can contribute to the community and to the world. Seems ambitious don’t you think? Well, we ought to be. Education is at the point where it is being questioned whether the things that we are doing right now as an educator really fits with what the world needs. Are we really preparing our students to succeed or to fail in the future?

In my opinion, it all starts with two triggering word as a starting point to the road of success : goals and failure. With the right and clear goals it is easier for both teachers and students to determine which direction they want in their future, but in the case of failure, it is often seen as challenging. Why? There are two sides of actions once someone is already in the “pit” of failure , they either rise up and keep on struggling or give up. Furthermore, it all depends on the conditions. In today’s concept of education all education experts and observers such as Tony Wagner and Sir Ken Robinson always highlights this particular concept of failure in their speech. Here is one from Sir Ken Robinson “if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” and here’s one from Tony Wagner “We must focus on skills and not content,” and “to succeed in the 21st-century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure”, so what can we learn from this? I think what school need to do is create an environment where children are confident with what they are doing and develop a culture when making mistake or failing at something is a positive behaviour that leads to become more curious.

The “Why me?” effect

For years I have been looking deep down in my inner me the question that not all people will ask themselves “Why me?”. I am writing this not to tell you that “I am a messenger from God that I have been chosen to protect mankind bla  bla bla”. I am here to tell myself why do I have that feeling that I am here for a greater purpose in life, but who am I? I am a nobody right now. I am writing this because maybe someday I will realize that I am actually here for “that” purpose in life. The “That” is still a mystery and hopefully it turns out good or even better than expected. Only God knows, right?

Steve Jobs, Gandhi, Soekarno, Einstein are just some people who I know that have contributed their life and made a difference. What do they have in common when did they realize that they will make a difference and contribute to how we see the world. Yes, make a difference that’s the key! But back again to my condition, right now I have not yet made any difference and in term of contribution. What have I contributed? Not much really.

The “why me?” affect is still lingering and I am about to turn 40 in the next few years. 40! They say that life begins at 40, what does it really mean? Will I get an answer of the “why me?” question at that age?

21st Century Schools Vs. Universities

What I mean by 21st century schools are schools that have already shifted their teaching approach from a teacher-centered approach to a more student-centered approach and not to mention that these schools focuses more on the skills needed in the 21st century such as collaboration, decision making and problem solving

The title of my post describes how these schools are in contrast with the teaching method in universities. The reason? Well, if we dig deeper into these so called 21st century schools, we will find a lot of activities that focuses on   preparing students to face the real-world. One example of this is a High School in Indonesia, HighScope High School that has a class which is called Virtual Enterprise (VE). This class is not an ordinary class, because when you come  into this class the setting is like a company office setting and all the students take roles as CEOs, Marketing Manager and other positions. However, once the students graduate from high school some universities especially in Indonesia are the opposite to what they have learnt. The teaching method is lecturing (same as teacher centered approach) and the tasks are mostly individual instead of collaborative assignments. Shouldn’t the universities prepare the students for work place readiness? To be continued…

If killing was legal, who would you kill?

Has this kind of question ever crossed your mind “If killing was legal who would you kill?”. Sounds scary, right? Well, I bet all humans with their nature of being good have that dark side which is hidden beneath their mind. As a good, normal, and law abiding citizen killing is certainly the least options that they will take action. However, imagine that killing was legal. Here is a list of people of whom I would like to kill instantly:
1. Reckless car drivers especially “Metromini”, “Angkot” drivers who don’t pay attention to the rules of the street and endanger the passengers.
2. Smokers who smoke in public places especially areas which is kind of stuffy. These people tend not to care about their surroundings.
3. People who do not queue.
4. People who talk during a show in a cinema
5. People who throw away garbage improperly
6. People who think they know about education and teaching but acts uneducated

and lots more to come…