First impression, I think this is very important for a lecturer/ a teacher to building good rapport with the students. First impression determine that the student will like, respect, reject the teacher/ lecturer/ course or not. Here, I would like to share about my first meeting and first impression of MMSEL or Motivation and Management of Student for Effective Learning class, both about the course and the lecturer.
The lecturer of this course was very nice. She could communicate well with all students (based on what I saw). First, she started to explain the objective of this course, then about the assignment, especially about e-reflection of the course in every week through writing on the blog. I think, this way is one of effective way for us to learn deeper about this course, because when we write the reflection, so we have to repeat and remember the lesson again. And, about the article, I think it makes us think critically about how to find the related article with the course and make the conclusion about that article.
In the class, she asked us anything that related to this course. For example, what is our motivation to/ why we come to this course? This question may make us to thought what is/ we want to get from this course. Some of us said that want to get grade A for this course, want to get the experience and the lesson for “skripsi”, etc. And the “skripsi” is one of my motivations too. It reflects what our target in this course, right? As well as the other next questions, why we like or dislike with some course? (What the causes) and why/ how the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation impact to our study.
She also gave us brief explanation about some material and asked to us again to think, pair and share about why do I want to be a teacher and who are (3 persons) the most admire for me (inspire me) to become a teacher. I shared that I want to be a teacher because when I was in senior high school, some of my friends believed me that I could teach them, and it makes me confident to be a teacher. And for the 3 persons whom inspire me, for example, my elementary school’s teacher who did believe in me and built the sense of my confidence reach the achievement in school.
And the last lesson, we studied about the theories of motivation, like behavioral theories, humanistic theories, cognitive and social cognitive theories, and social theories. We learnt it in group, and my group should discuss the cognitive theory. By this activity, we recalled our knowledge about that theory that has been studied in Educational Psychology course.
From this meeting, I impressed that the course will motivate me to become a good teacher, and hopfully the lecturer, Ms. Lidya, will motivate and inspire me too 🙂