BATU, EAST JAVA – Qoriatul Azizah, a district training facilitator and teacher at SDN Punten 02 Batu, has just been awarded outstanding teacher rank III for the Province of East Java in 2016. She has acknowledged that being selected to be a training facilitator and attending a number of trainings organized by USAID PRIORITAS played a major role in her winning the award. "I obtained a lot of knowledge from the USAID PRIORITAS training courses, including how to conduct teaching and learning that cater to the differences between individual students in the classroom," she explained.
There were two students with special needs in her Grade IV classwho had learning difficulties. It took extra expertise and patience to handle the students with learning difficulties during a normal lesson to enable the students to cope with the lesson.
Azizah had some specific strategies, one of which was to make a variety of picture cards and letter cards. When the two students did not understand what was being taught in the lesson, Azizah drew pictures on the cards and showed them to the special needs students. They also found it easier to spell and understand writing when Azizah gave them letter cards. As a result, the two students were able to take an increased part in the lessons. This different strategy for handling special needs students interested the jury evaluating outstanding teachers and Azizah was ranked third. (Ida)