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Teachers and Staff Professional Development is held every semester in SDH. All teachers and staff joined this event where the team Professional Development and Curriculum Enrichment (PDCE) led this event. This event was held in October 16 to 18, 2017 in SDH Holland Village Manado. The purposes of this event are to train the teachers and staff spiritually, develop the teachers’ ability to increase the quality of teaching and learning process, and equip teachers and staff professionalism to face the technology advance. Learning and growing are two important things in teaching. Without them, a teacher will not be able to teach with his/her best. In addition, according to Ki Hajar Dewantara, a teacher becomes “Ing ngarsa sung tuladha” which means giving an example in front of students. In conclusion, teachers need to learn and grow holistically to become a good example. One of ways to reach this is by joining professional development. The topics in this event were SDH Theme, Inquiry Learning, and Microsoft 365.
In the first session in the first day, the teachers and staff listened to the deeper explanation about SDH theme. One of interesting conclusions from this session is a personal relationship with God is a key to know the true wisdom. Without that, all knowledge that has been learned will have no meaning. After that, the teachers learned more about inquiry learning from the second session until the second day in all sessions. In 21st century, the learning process has changed progressively. One of the big changes is students are hoped to get and hold on the truth that they find by themselves. But, as followers of Christ, that is not enough. Christian students need to test the truth that they found in the light of God’s Word. Besides, Christian teachers need to face this change wisely. They need to learn to discuss, conclude, simulate, and try to apply inquiry learning in teaching and learning process. On the last day, teachers and staff listened to the explanation about using Microsoft 365 program. In this digitalization era, the applications inside that program do not only facilitate teachers to do their jobs, but also make teaching and learning process becomes more interesting.
Truly this is a good opportunity to learn and grow holistically together. It is hoped that after this event, there will be positive changes in the teaching and learning process and in students’ abilities both inside and outside the classroom.