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This is second meeting of MMSEL (Motivation and Management of Students for Effective Learning course. Ok, now I will reflect what is happening on the second meeting. Before we started the class, we did game about remembering friends’ breakfast. Let’s guess whether I still remember about my friend’s breakfast? Hmm, Ms. Lydia ate cheesecake, mba Desy and Evik were not breakfast, Ayu ate ketupat sayur, some of us ate Bakwan, Jo ate singkong, Huda ate jo’s breakfast, ratih ate nasi uduk, Bubur ayam for Mita (not yet) haha, Eki cheetos. Others? Ah sorry I forgot their breakfast *:p*What a funny game I think. The way to remember students name is unique, use a simple game.

After that, we presented our group work like a gallery work. This gallery work was about theory of Motivation. All group’s work were put on the wall, some students stay on each group work and some students stray. We learn 5 different kinds theory of Motivation, behavior theory, cognitive theory, sociocultural, social cognitive, and humanistic theory. Sometimes, I can’t differentiate between social cognitive theory and sociocultural theory.

After go to gallery work, I get some points of social cognitive theory. That are learning theory based on the ideas that people learn by watching what others do and that human thought processes are central to understanding personality. There are personal qualities, behavior and environment for the achievement motivation of social cognitive theory. And for Sociocultural theory, there is an important concept in sociocultural theory is known as the zone of proximal development. According to Vygotsky, the zone of proximal development “is the distance between the actual development level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under adult guidance or in collaboration with more capable peers.” Essentially, it includes all of the knowledge and skills that a person cannot yet understand or perform on their own yet, but is capable of learning with guidance. So, main point of this theory is about learning with Guidance from environment to improve potential development of the students. Can you share with me about differences of sociocultural and social cognitive theory of motivation? So, I can understand more about that.

After that, we learn about Humanistic theory. There are 5 level hierarchies of needs by Abraham Maslow, physiological, safety, belongingness and love, esteem, and self actualization. The level depends on the needs of human. The basic is physiological and the highest is self actualization, the need to develop potential talents and capabilities.

Then, we learn about the need for self Determination through role play from different groups. There are 4 needs, the need for competence, autonomy, relatedness, and preserve self worth. Each group did role play that present different kinds of need for self determination. My group presented about the need for self worth. It’s about an emotional reaction to or an evaluation of the self. Do you still remember words “I’m a genius! I’m a genius!” Yes, that is one of emotional reaction. All of us can learn each other from the role play and I think this activity is effective enough to learn about new material. That’s funny, effective and also interesting right? So we can get the main concept by learning from others.


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It was my first time to join the Motivation class with Ms. Lydia. Yes, Ms. Lydia is the lecturer for Motivation and Management of Students for Effective Learning (MMSEL) course. When I entered the class, I was curious what we will learn about motivation? Something like Educational Psychology course or what? I want to know more about that. And actually on the beginning, Ms. Lydia leads us to think what make us come and join her class. Of course I want to know more about Motivation. As we know that motivation is so abstract and difficult for me to build my motivation by myself. That’s we called intrinsic motivation, involvement as a means to an end. But, we also need other people to build our motivation and we call it extrinsic motivation.

I’m interest with the question from Ms. Lydia about why do you want to be a teacher? Do you know my reason? Nothing reason in my mind! Actually before I entered SSE, I don’t really want to be a teacher even though I love teaching. It’s just because I don’t like to stand in front of many people and to be on the spot light. After I did school experience in some schools and learn about pedagogical skill in SSE, I can know that to be a teacher was interesting and so fun! We meet many students that have different characteristics of learning. I am not only teaching the students, but I can learn many things from them. Being a teacher make me feel “useful” for others. And I admit that I love teaching and I love being a teacher! 🙂

If I have to choose teachers whom I admire most, I will choose one teacher from movie “Taree Zameen Par”. The teacher in this movie shows the best care to one student that has dyslexia. That student study in general school, not special school. So, that student feels difficult to understand the lesson. Luckily, the teacher really shows care, always try to teach and motivate him until he gets his expertise in drawing lessons. What a great teacher I think. The personality of the teacher like that can motivate me to be a great teacher.

After sharing moment, we discuss about theory of Motivation in group. There are 4 theorist of Motivation, that are Behavioral, Humanistic, Sociocultural, Cognitive and Social cognitive. My group get Sociocultural theory. This theory say about “all in this together”, how history and society impact the way of humans develop and learn. From this theory, we can apply how the students increase their motivation from the society, especially motivation and support from their family, school, and environment. So, build the motivation of students is so important for learning process and I conclude that MMSEL course is important for me as candidate teacher. Do you know why? Because the students have different motivation in learning and in this course, I can learn how to build up motivation of the students. Thank you for great first meeting, ms. Lydia. 🙂

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