Lumajang, East Java – Wildari didn't used to be a cheerful child. As one of the grade-3 special needs (SN) students in SDN Bondoyudo 02, Sukodono sub-district, Lumajang, she used to cry a lot and feel inferior to her friends. Bu Eko Ariningsih, the teacher of grade 3 at SDN Bondoyudo 02 had tried several ways so that Wildari would be able to develop enthusiasm for learning and mix with the other students, but without success. After attending PAKEM training from USAID PRIORITAS, the teacher who is familiarly called by the name of Bu Eko, got inspiration.
“I apply PAKEM teaching and learning in the classroom where the students sit in groups and I asked each student to make a presentation in front of the class, including Wildari,” she said.
Bu Eko's efforts started to have results. Gradually, Wildari's confidence to appear in front of the class increased. She started to associate and to be willing to chat with the other students. When her work was displayed in the classroom, Wildari even smiled proudly. Now Wildari has develop enough confidence to appear in a school art event and the school carnival. In terms of learning, Wildari can now read fluently and can participate fully in lessons. (Rad)