SMA PRADITA DIRGANTARA (Boyolali) – As a form of academic responsibility during the Covid-19 pandemic which has a direct impact on the teaching and learning process in schools, SMA Pradita Dirgantara holds a Webinar with the theme “Engaged Teaching and Learning Across Curriculum” (Teaching and Participatory Learning Across Curriculum). The activity took place on Friday (09/10/2020) through the Zoom Meeting application and also through the live broadcast of SMA Pradita Dirgantara’s Youtube channel. This webinar is held to commemorate World Teachers’ Day, which is every 5 October.
The General Chairperson of the Ardhiya Garini (Yasarini) Foundation, Mrs. Nanny Hadi Tjahjanto, gave a speech and opened the webinar event which was attended by around 400 participants. In her speech, Mrs. Nanny said that teachers have a noble duty in building the nation so it is important for teachers to position themselves as lifelong learners. “With the holding of this webinar I hope that it can open discourse that educators are not just a process where teachers fill learning by giving students material in teaching materials and students are only recipients, but education is a process of collaboration between teachers and students in creating knowledge,” added Mrs. Nanny.
Mrs. Inong Fadjar Prasetyo, General Chairperson of PIA Ardhya Garini in her speech also said that developed countries are countries that place education as the highest priority. “There must be collaboration between educators and students because the role of students is important in creating an attractive learning atmosphere,” said Mrs. Inong. On this occasion SMA Pradita Dirgantara held a Webinar by presenting the speaker Dwi Agus Yuliantoro, Ph.D. (Director of the Pradita Dirgantara School Development Directorate), Zulfa Sakhiyya, Ph.D. (Head of the Center for Literacy Studies, State University of Semarang) and Irfan Prasetya, Ph.D. as a discussant.
Dwi Agus Yuliantoro, Ph.D., said that engaged in learning is learning that involves the active role and participation of students when participating in the learning process with the teacher in the daily class, so that learning occurs more dynamically. Learning is not one-way in the sense that the teacher transfers knowledge to students and students will accept what the teacher says is the truth. Critical pedagogy is more about dialogical learning between teachers and students. Knowledge is not only from teacher to student, but also from students to teachers and from students to friends. “We must realize that teachers and students have an equally important role in learning so that learning can occur successfully. Both teachers and students are the main actors in the teaching and learning process in the classroom. ” said Dwi.
In his presentation, Dwi also revealed several criteria or characters that must be possessed by the teacher, namely, the teacher must be able to engage or involve students in all subjects, the teacher must have empathy and sympathy, the teacher must be able to display good teaching patterns and the teacher must interpret that the great thing is the teacher who always thinks he too is a lifelong learner. Nowadays teachers have not been able to connect or connect classroom learning with the real life of students in everyday life, this is one of the corrections that must be considered by the teacher. Dwi also explained that in active student learning, students are required to play an active role in class, how students continue to focus on the learning that occurs. To support the success of learning activities, teachers must be able to apply various teaching techniques and vary according to the conditions and topics being taught, and according to the level of intelligence of students.
Meanwhile, Zulfa Sakhiyya, Ph.D., Head of the Center for Literacy Studies, Semarang State University, said that all types of knowledge are different, but there is only one way to mediate knowledge, namely literacy. Knowledge is likened to a building with literacy as the key, when we have the key, we will be able to open the door to knowledge. In carrying out literacy practices or activities which means there is involvement, students can not only consume but also produce knowledge. “In a pandemic like today, the most sensible way that teachers can do is through digital literacy. Digital literacy is needed to obtain or filter unstoppable information. The focus of the digital literacy movement is still consuming information. Whereas what is needed in the current era is critical thinking or critical thinking which cannot be done using only information, ”said Zulfa. According to him, students must be able to show what they know. The shift that needs to be made during the literacy teaching and learning process in a pandemic is that literacy practice must have a purpose.
Finally, Irfan Prasetya, Ph.D. (Directorate of SMA, Kemdikbud) as the discussant at the webinar on Friday, October 9, 2020, argued that the free learning policy currently echoed by the Ministry of Education, the source of the idea is from Ki Hajar Dewantara where there are 3 big ideas, namely school as a garden that lies between and tutor there. Student garden means fun at school, where the main character of learning is the teacher and students who collaborate in accordance with the nature and nature of the times, the tutor where the duties and functions of the educator are as facilitators who help students learn without determining where students should study, but when there is a problem there must be guidance and intervention from the teacher. (PR / SMA Pradita Dirgantara).