Making Simple Yet Effective Learning Kits
Written by Indra Setiawan, Tanoto Foundation Riau
Effective learning kit does not have to be expensive. There are many kits that do not require a lot of money to make. To make a simple yet effective learning kit, the most important factor is the elements of the kit. All of the elements must be organized in a way that would enable the information or knowledge to be conveyed to the recipients easily. To support this process, an educator or a teacher is expected to be creative to use materials from his or her surrounding to make and use this type of kit.
As part of Tanoto Foundation’s efforts to improve teachers’ capacity in class room, Tanoto Foundation has carried out training sessions so teachers could make and use simple learning kits. Bapak Adrisman, a teacher from SDN 025 Talontam Riau, used these training sessions to make his own simple learning kits.
As one of the local facilitators for Tanoto Foundation programs for partner schools, Bapak Adrisman is expected to share knowledge and information with other teachers. He is also expected to apply the knowledge in his class rooms.
To support the students to study the principles of Physics, Bapak Adrisman asked the sixth graders of SDN 025 Talontam to bring items from their home: used soap box, used sandals, rubber band, and wooden stick. These items were then assembled for the students to learn about the principles of Motion and Force, using the implementation of spring system. The students found this exercise fun yet effective as they were able to understand the Physics principles easily.
Tanoto Foundation has been training teachers as part of the effort to improve the quality of education. To date, more than 4,400 teachers have been the beneficiaries of the programs at school level in Riau, Jambi, and North Sumatra.