Many Indonesian teachers wish to know about innovations in education including Contextual Learning - Active, Creative, Joyful and Effective Learning (PAKEM). They visit schools which have started to implement PAKEM. The thing they often notice most is that the chairs and tables are arranged in groups. Then the teachers go back to their schools with the idea that PAKEM is just group work, and that all tasks should be carried out in groups so that there are no longer any individual tasks. They fail to understand that PAKEM is about the tasks the children do, not how they sit. These tasks should be challenging and develop skills and competencies like creative thinking, expressing children’s own thoughts and solving problems independently.
The benefit of sitting in a group is that it encourages interaction with other students. They can discuss problems and compare their work. This is important for developing certain skills. But is is important to recognise that only some tasks are suitable for carrying out in groups. Tasks which are suitable for work in groups include:
Children exchange ideas about a problems or a story which they are going to write;
Ref: Suara MBE 3
- Children solve a problem together;
- Children do practical work which cannot be done individually, as it
- needs discussion or because of a limited amount of equipment available
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