BANYUMAS: MBE Spreading Fast
The sub-district education office in Baturaden want-ed to be first off the mark. They held training for primary schools in the sub-district, which show-ed that the Education Office in Baturaden was taking steps to be ahead of the others. The training was carried out between 23-24 January and was the first training given to schools outside the MBE sub-districts in Banyumas district. Below you can see one of the activities in the science class.
SMPN 1 Wangon was keen to learn all about PAKEM. At training which they ran for themselves on 13-14 March all the teachers in SMPN 1 Wangon enjoyed learning from the Banyumas MBE district facilitators. On the right you can see a group of teachers planning the arrangement of furniture in their classes.
Teacher Exchanges Very Effective
Bpk Sukardi, a primary school supervisor in Kebasen, who is also an MBE facilitator, is committed to his work both as a supervisor and a facilitator. Hoping to make progress and develop MBE across the whole of Banyumas district, especially in Kebasen sub-district, he has implemented a program whereby teachers from outside MBE primary schools went to work in MBE primary schools.
The program took place from 6-25 February 2006. At the start the participants kept asking 'what's PAKEM?". Now they already have a good idea because they have observed and practiced it directly. The facili-tators actively supported the participants and held discussions with them.
Above: One of the teachers taking part in the teacher exchange doing practical teaching. All the children in the class are active.
The Students have Fun in Class
The children of class 2 in MIM Pandansari are weighing two different objects using a simple balance that they have made themselves. They discover that an eraser is heavier than a plastic ball. They are also using non standard units to measure. They are measuring the length of the table in hand spans.