Summary and Suggestions

1. Purposes of Practicum
For almost four academic years that we are honed inside the institution, we are buckled with pedagogical knowledge and skills that we did apply during the practice teaching. The purpose of Teaching Practicum is to prepare the student in his or her profession in the future and to develop one’s capability.

2. Procedures of Practicum
These are the scenarios happened throughout the practicum:
First day: Observation day but became the start of my teaching practicum
Second Day to Fourth day of the first week of my stay at SMP Labschool UPI: I taught my students an example of modern dance titled “Closer”
Fifth Day: Together with my co-SEA Teacher, we lead the Zumba held at their gymnasium.
For second and third week, I discussed a new subtopic about modern dance and made activites to motivate the students. In the final demonstration, I taught the students an example of a Philippine Folk Dance called “Carinosa” and they did enjoy dancing.

3. Outcomes of Practicum
Even though I traveled for miles just to experience this practicum and left my family in my country for almost a month, I gained numerous benefits from this SEA Teacher Project. Throughout my stay at Bandung, Indonesia, I learned a lot from their culture, and I respect all of them. I met different people from different nations and with that, I gained another knowledge and their great cultures also. In teaching, I have learned many Bahasa and Sundanese words. Teachers and students at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia taught me some Bahasa and Sundanese words. Thus, while I am teaching, I used some of the words I know, and I can see from the faces of my students the smile of triumph for they saw the aftermath of their doings- my students teaching me their language.

I did it!

4. The challenges of practicum

“Hey dear,
Let yourself be free
From anxiety and fear
Take on the challenges
Enjoy the progress of the work
Live through every second.” -Jasmine Curtis Smith

We can’t stop problems and challenges in our lives. Problems can make us stronger and become better in the future. We use them as weapons in order to continue good living.
There are still certain problems that came during my stay and teaching at Sekolah Menengah Pertama Sekolah Laboratorium Percontohan Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. First, I did not bring any materials in making authentic instructional materials. Thus, I bought materials in different places at Setiabudhi, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. I spent less than a hundred thousand Indonesian Rupiah because of materials in printing test papers. It doesn’t matter if I spent a lot just because of the things needed in my teaching. It is normal and it is for my students. I will do everything for my students for them to learn better. Second, the language barrier. Not all Grade 7 and 8 students at Sekolah Menengah Pertama Labschool Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia are fluent in English Language. Some students need translations from their classmates who know how to speak English. Thus, the duration of my discussion is limited because there are still problems in communicating with my students. I will impart the lesson, one of my students will translate it. These two are the challenges I met during my practicum but these problems mold me to become tougher and better.

5. Overall Impression
Pre-service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia or the SEA-Teacher Project established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) had given me the greatest opportunity that every student in the whole Asia is willing to participate. Indeed, I am a lucky one. I never imagined I will have this opportunity to become one of the SEA teachers and have the chance to work with different nationalities. This program really helped me in honing my teaching strategies and interact with different people from different countries in Asia. There are the challenges involved but they give me the courage to fight and stand strong in the battle. I used the pedagogical knowledge and skills I have learned for almost 4 years of being a student at Mariano Marcos State University. Indeed, Mariano Marcos State University gave me this opportunity because they know I will be able to win in this battle. Through this project alone, I came to discover that teaching profession is not a joke. From preparing the lesson, your materials to be used in discussing your topic, in engaging with your students and from the environment. I gained new experiences and saw several scenic spots that I really admire the moment I stare each of them.
The learning that I gained from this project will serve as my weapon in teaching my next students and for future purposes. I will surely use them. It gives a sense of pride to be one of the SEA Teachers and I am glad and honored.

6. Suggestions for future improvement
Students of SMP Labschool Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia are good in participating every activity in the school. They are active and jolly and, great dancers. Nevertheless, throughout my teaching at SMP Labschool UPI, I noticed that only two or three students only know English language. Some students are depending on the translations by their classmates that are fluent in English. So far, that is only the problem that I met during my teaching at the said school but overall is that all the students are great and have good morals. Thus, I suggest for future improvement is that try to insert English as their subject or try learning English language for future purposes and it will be an advantage for them also when they will me foreign people.


Teaching Practice

1. Procedures of Teaching
January 18, 2019 is supposedly the start of my observation but since the students of SMP Labschool UPI went for a field trip, we just stayed at our dormitory. January 22, all I thought I will start my observation, but I was shocked when my cooperating teacher said that I will start right away my class. At first, my brain cells cannot accept yet the information being told by my CT but since this is now part of reality, I started discussing my lesson and I am just lucky that the topic is all about Modern Dance. Perks of being a dancer in my college, it is an advantage for me of teaching a type of dance.

For the first week, I taught all the classes of grade 7 and grade 8 an example of Modern Dance and the title of the song that they danced is “Closer”. Second and third week, I came prepared and ready to discuss another subtopic of Modern Dance. All throughout that two weeks are all about discussing and having activities to motivate students in learning my lesson. For my Final Demonstration, I chose Philippine Folk Dance as my topic. My Cooperating Teacher suggests that as my topic because she wanted her students to learn one folk dance from the Philippines. I taught them some basic dance steps of Carinosa and they enjoyed dancing. In teaching for almost 4 weeks, I used instructional materials such as pictures printed on an A4-size paper, videos that I got from the Internet and Powerpoint presentations. These materials helped me in teaching and guiding my students.

2. Time Management and Organizing activities
First, based from the lesson plan that I got from one of the PE Teachers at SMP Labschool UPI, there is allocation of time or alokasi waktu in order to know the allotted time and I will just follow that throughout the week. Second, I did consider also the students’ differences. In the lesson plan that I made, there are three domain of learning present – Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor. There are also games evident in every meeting so the students won’t get bored and to motivate them in learning.

3. Problem-solving
In terms of teaching, I think the only problem present is the barrier regarding languages. There are just two to three students know how to speak English. Thus, in order to communicate with them, I always put translated words in Bahasa in my Powerpoint Presentation and even in their test papers that I prepared, the questions were translated in Bahasa. It’s hard but I am enjoying teaching and in return I got the chance to learn the national language of Indonesia and the local language of Bandung which is the Sundanese.

4. Classroom Management
Before teaching, I want to have a clean and safe environment so that my students will not be harmed from sharp things or deadly materials, a conducive learning indeed is all I am asking. The atmosphere promotes friendly and jolly environment and encourages fairness and equality. I want also for them to know first that before the start of my teaching, they should pay attention while I am talking and discussing my lesson. I want also for them to participate in every activity that I did prepare. All the instructional materials used are all relevant, durable and can attract each student’s attention.

Teaching Plan

1 Curriculum
The 2013 Curriculum in accordance with recommendations from the government is the curriculum used by SMP Labschool UPI. The curriculum used is the National curriculum and local content set by the school.

2 Teaching Plan

Teaching plan is every teacher’s weapon every day. He or she uses it as guidance in delivering his or her lessons so that he or she can utter smoothly the topic.

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Pedagogical Content

  1. Teaching Methods

Howard Gardner, the Harvard Psychologist and creator of Multiple Intelligences (MI) Theory, does not address intelligence as one general intelligence, but views each learner as having a whole range of individual capacities working in unison and interacting together in a non-predictable way (Gardner, 2009, 3-5).

There are several teaching methods present and were made to address the differences of the students since every child is unique. Teaching methods can offer different ways in learning and can help each student develop various presentations of his or her learning for him or her understand more the topic.

The teaching methods that I have noticed throughout my observations with Miss Yusnita Pusparagen are the following:

  1. Discussion method
  2. Cooperative Learning
  3. Problem-based learning

2. Learning Materials and Innovations

Learning Innovations carried out at UPI Labschool Middle School by applying the dual language learning system, Tauhiid class (religious class), habituation of student character, PECIMAS (Pelajar Cinta Masjid) and collaborating learning between teachers and UPI lecturers.

3. Sources of Learning and technology

The different sources of learning and technology used by the teachers in SMP Labschool UPI are books from the government, grafindo book (one of the publishers), other relevant books and other learning materials that came from the internet such us learning videos.

4. Authentic assessment used by the teachers

Types of Authentic Assessment

  1. Performance Assessment

Ways that can be applied to performance-based assessment:

a. Checklist (checklist) – Used to find out whether certain elements of the indicator appear which must appear in an event / action.

b. Anecdotal / narrative notes (anecdotal / narrative records) – Used by the way the teacher writes a narrative report about what was done by each student during the action.

c. Rating Scale – Using a numerical scale following the predicate. For example, 5 = very good, 4 = good, 3 = enough, 2 = less, 1 = less

d. Memory or memory (memory approach)
Used by observing students when doing something with
without taking notes.

To observe the performance of students can use tools / instruments, such as: attitude assessment, self-assessment, behavior observation, direct questions, or personal questions.Project Assessment

2. Project Assessment

Project appraisal is an assessment of the tasks that must be completed by students based on a certain period of time. Project appraisal focuses on project planning, work, and products.

The final product of a project requires special assessment. Product assessment includes assessing the ability of students to produce products, such as food, works of art (pictures, paintings, sculptures, etc.), items made of wood, plastic, paper, and metal works.

3. Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio assessment is an assessment of the work of students, either individually or in groups. The work, for example composing or making essays, poems, letters, pictures, photos, paintings, research reports, and others.

4. Written Assessment

Written tests consist of selecting or supplying answers and descriptions. Choosing an answer consists of multiple choice, right-wrong choice, yes-no, matchmaking, and causation. Supplying answers consists of filling or completing, short answers, and descriptions.

School: General Information and Academic Administration


Name of the Institution

Sekolah Menengah Pertama Sekolah Laboratorium Percontohan Universitas Penididkan Indonesia (Terakreditasi A) Bandung

Status of the Institution (Public/ Private School)


Address of the School

 Jl. Senjayaguru No. 1 Kampus UPI Bandung 40154

Telephone No.

(022) 2012 805

Number and names of Sections per Class/ Grade level

Grade 7-A until 7-F

Grade 8-A until 8-E

Grade 9-A until 7-E


  1. Develop a school environment that is healthy, neat, clean, safe and comfortable.
  2. Growing discipline, a sense of family and religious enthusiasm for all school members.
  3. Developing effective, efficient and democratic school management in a good governance and accountable manner.
  4. Develop effective learning that is active, creative, efficient and fun.
  5. Optimizing the teaching and learning process and guidance to students.
  6. Increasing students’ academic and non-academic achievements in accordance with the development of science and technology and the demands of the community.
  7. Developing culture: likes to read, likes to memorize, curiosity, tolerance, cooperation, mutual respect, honesty, hard work, creative and independent.
  8. Fostering the independence of students through habituation, entrepreneurship and planned and sustainable self-development.
  9. Prepare graduates who are competitive, reliable, resilient and resilient and responsive nationally and internationally.


The realization of schools that excel in performance, character and environment.


On August 4, 2003 there was an important event in the journey of Universitas Pendidkan Indonesia, which was to hand over KORPRI Middle School and High School from the KORPRI Welfare Foundation to the UPI Chancellor. The event marked the re-realization of an old idea, namely the presence of a laboratory school in the midst of a college which one of its activities has been pursuing education and teacher science. The idea of the presence of a laboratory school together with the birth of the PTPG was formed which later became FKIP A and B, which in 1961turned into IKIP, and in the end became UPI.

An institution formed by FKIP, namely the Curriculum Development Institution (LPC), in 1960 founded the Kindergarten and then followed in 1964 also established the Elementary School both of which were Laboratory Schools. With the intention that the Labschool has all levels of education, then in 1969 a junior high school was established.

Number and Names of Faculties and Staffs with their Majors and Positions (ex. Principal, Vice Principal, Administration etc.)



Sekolah Menengah Pertama Sekolah Laboratorium Percontohan UPI junior high school, they go to high ranges of learning and great lengths to make sure all students can achieve their dreams and ambitions in life.

Students who are experiencing academic difficulty should be proactive in seeking help. They should meet with their teacher to discuss about their problem, monitor their progress, and receive information about the evaluation.

They also have a counseling guidance as well as Tutoring and Learning Center to assist the students in their academic pursuits.


Sekolah Menengah Pertama Sekolah Laboratorium Percontohan UPI is a public school. To strengthen mastery of teaching materials, additional lessons were given in the form of co-curricular activities on several subjects, namely English (English Conversation), Japanese Language, Mathematics, and Reading Writing Al Quran, PECIMAS- Pelajar Cinta Masjid (MASJID LOVE STUDENT), Learning with “Billingual Teaching” which uses various media Laboratory facilities, as well as collaborating with UPI Lecturers.Materials and other learning sources


Software, books, texts, videos, and other resources that teachers use to support and assist students to meet the potentials for learning defined by provincial or local curricula are the learning sources present in SMP Labschool UPI.


Assessment component namely attitude assessment, knowledge assessment and skills assessment.

Attitude assessment is intended as an assessment of the behavior of students in the learning process which includes spiritual and social attitudes.

Knowledge assessment is done by measuring students’ mastery which includes the dimensions of factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive knowledge in various levels of thought processes.

Skills assessment is carried out by performance assessment techniques, project appraisal, and portfolio.


The curriculum used in SMP Labschool UPI is the 2013 Curriculum in accordance with recommendations from the government more likely the National curriculum and local content set by the school.


Teaching plan is every teacher’s weapon every day. He or she uses it as guidance in delivering his or her lessons so that he or she can utter smoothly the topic.

Explore. Learn more

January 26, 2019

Lebih menyenangkan di Bandung, Indonesia!

It’s Excursion Day! Early morning, while we were busy choosing our OOTD, I can’t stop myself but to smile from ear to ear. One of the reasons is that, finally, we will be going to watch the performance of Saung Angklung Udjo. Ever since I started loving the music of Asia, I dreamed of watching one actual performance and right from that moment, that dream alone became part of my reality. The wayang golek that I always see in books and videos, finally, I can be able to touch them.

1st place that we went is the Saung Angklung Udjo (SAU). It was established in the year 1996 by the late Udjo Ngalagena, known as Mang Udjo or Abah Udjo, and his wife, Uum Sumiati. SAU is a place for art performance, laboratory for art education, and a distinctive tourism spot of West Java. Angklung is an Indonesian musical instrument which is made of bamboo. The late Mang Udjo said that Angklung is the art and cultural pride of the Sundanese.

It was nice to hear also the melody and dynamic tone being produced by Arumba. Arumba is a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo in diatonic scale. Diatonic scale is the 7 notes, Do Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti. We are using also the diatonic scale in the Philippines and that two-word is not new to me since I learned that when we were having our major in my 1st year of college. The Arumba was invented in the 1970’s and ARUMBA is the acronym for Alunan (A), Rumpun (RUM), and Bambu (BA).

At the end of the program, the children and the adult SAU performers invited us to dance with them. It feels great that we were able to meet them personally. The young performers are cute. It is like a form of a social dance. It was fun and enjoyable.

I tried playing a set of angklung instruments. I played the “Pamulinawen” song which is a very popular folksong in the Philippines. One of our buddies was amazed when he saw me playing one. I already watched an angklung performance way back when I was in 9th grade and since I am also a music major student in our school, I tried playing an angklung so that’s the aftermath and it is easy because all the notes were placed on each angklung. It feels something different to watch an angklung performance with different nationality. It feels great after all. 

2nd place was the Pasarbaru where we bought our batik dresses and polos. I really love the designs. I bought two batik, one for me and one for my friend in the Philippnes. Me and my other friends who are SEA Teachers have planned to wear our batiks on our final demo and in our last week here at Bandung. We also bought souvenirs and pants at Pasarbaru because all the items are not that costly.

And for the last part, we went to Alun Alun, Bandung also where I saw the different characters from movies like transformers, avengers. We saw also some Disney characters and even ghosts. We also had our less than one hour of picnic in Masjid Raya Bandung Provinsi Jawa Barat. We took a lot of pictures also because the view is breathtaking. We took a picture also in the Asia Afrika and I even saw our country’s name being carved in the wall.

After the excursion, I felt tired physically, but my mind is not. My mind keeps on reminiscing the places we went this day. I did enjoy and it is very enjoyable.

February 3, 2019

“Exploring the beauty of Farmhouse at Lembang”

February 8, 2019

Ate Korean foods with Dewi and Jhoyce

SEA Teachers went to Gracia Spa Resort and Hotel

This place is just a 15-minute drive from Tangkuban Perahu (an active volcano in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia). It is a place where you can find relaxation through hot spring bath with sulfur water.

Dreams do come true!

14th and 15th of January in the year 2019, these days became the challenging yet memorable days I have experienced in my 19 years of existence in this world. We thought that all the scenarios happened on those days will be quite easy to handle but no. We were like lost children roaming around to different places. We kept on asking directions and tips in order to survive. Truth to be told, after adapting and internalizing, we surpassed the challenge and we arrived safely at Husein Sastranegara Airport with the Bangkok time of approximately 9:00 in the evening. We were fetched at the airport by our two buddies namely, Nurul and Septia.

January 14, 12:30 PM at Farinas Terminal, we bid goodbyes to our parents, coordinators, advisers and even our friends. They wave their hands all throughout, gave their sweetest smiles and hugs. There is a sudden sadness I felt but it does not stop me to go to Indonesia. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Thus, I forced myself to become tougher.

January 15, 1:10 AM, we arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. We checked in our baggage ready to send in Bandung. So, the things we did carry while we were at the airport are those important documents, laptops which we put in our backpacks and hand carry bags in order to travel lightly.

January 15, 10:35 AM, the plane landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. I saw myself wearing my ‘ear to ear’ grin when we arrived at Malaysia. I was a bit exhausted from the travel, but it never stops me to smile because finally, my dream became part of the reality. We are so fortunate also because we met our co-practice teachers from the Philippines. They are from Central Luzon State University. Although when we were inside the airport, before the meeting of the students from CLSU, a scenario happened. We were lost. We do not know what our next move will be. We spent an hour roaming around inside the airport. Fortunately, a friend of mine from the Philippines helped us. She gave us tips on how to handle situations while we were at the airport. It is very hard to be independent but it is an advantage for the future.

I went abroad, travelled for the first time in an international plane and Malaysia is the first country and Indonesia is the second one. This is a blessing in disguise. We went through different obstacles and met difficult situations but we are stronger than those.

Get to know me better

I am Riel Anne B. Acosta, a Senior College student from Mariano Marcos State University – College of Teacher Education (MMSU-CTE), taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) and currently residing at Barangay 21 San Agustin, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. I lived with my parents. My father’s name is Nolie B. Acosta, a farmer and a carpenter. My mother’s name is Rosalie B. Acosta, a lovely wife and a housekeeper. I only have one sibling. His name is Ariel B. Acosta and he is now in 11th grade.

Ever since when I was a kid, I often look at the sky and stare at the brightest scenery above. Taking a glimpse with the airplanes passing across the clouds, I always tell to myself that one day, I will have the chance to ride one. October last year when the good news came. I saw my name in the SEA Teachers list. Who would have thought that a simple dream will turn into reality? Who would have thought that the dream that I am dreaming will come true? Indeed, great moments came unexpectedly.

SEA Teacher Project gave me the greatest opportunity to meet with new people, new environment, new experiences, new knowledge and new cultures. This is truly amazing and I will be forever grateful to be part of the SEA Teacher Project and glad to be one of the SEA Teachers.