UNDERSTANDING INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Innovative learning is always getting to know and start new ideas or renewals. Innovative also is Innovation which means discoveries that are different from those that already exist or that have been known before (ideas, methods, or tools).
So innovative learning can be interpreted as learning using new strategies or methods resulting from his discovery or applying new methods discovered by experts and designed so that they can create conducive learning.
Innovative learning also implies learning that is packaged by the teacher or other instructors which is a form of ideas or techniques that are considered new to be able to facilitate students to gain progress in the process and learning outcomes. Innovative learning can adapt to a fun learning model. “Learning is fun” which is the key that is applied in innovative learning.
If the student has planted this in his mind there will be no more students who are passive in class, feeling depressed, the possibility of failure, limited choices,
and of course boredom. Building innovative learning methods yourself can be done by including accommodating each characteristic of themselves. This means measuring the absorption ability of each person’s knowledge.
Innovative learning can balance the functions of the left and right brain if done by integrating media or tools especially those based on new technology or advancing into the learning process. Thus, a mental renovation process took place, including building students’ self-confidence.
The use of learning materials, multimedia software, and Microsoft PowerPoint is an alternative. Innovative learning is expected to be able to make students who can think critically and be skilled in solving problems.
Students like this can use clear reasoning in the process of understanding things and are easy to make choices and make decisions. This is possible because of the understanding of the interconnection between systems or subsystems related to the problems they face. Also seen the ability to identify and find the right questions that can lead to better problem solving, the information obtained will be framed and analyzed so that it will be able to answer these questions properly.
Innovative learning is also reflected in the results shown by students who are communicative and collaborative in articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively through oral and written speech. Students with these characteristics can demonstrate the ability to work effectively in diverse teams, to play flexibility, and a willingness to compromise in achieving shared goals.
BASIC CONCEPTS OF INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Departing from innovative concepts, several change efforts must be made by a teacher. So fast is the change around us and we know and feel it, it is no longer possible to rely on old or classical ways of learning, even there are still several teachers still teaching in ways that are done by the teacher when he studied first.
For this change, in the early stages the teachers have the motivation and attitude to change (Huberman and Miles, 1984: 43), never feel satisfied, try to work professionally and so on, so that he gets something new because the core of the notion of innovation itself is a change to find a new one. Or as stated by Callahan and Clark (1977: 6) that teachers must have a creative attitude. Creative in the sense of responding to various changes that exist, because every change is always accompanied by various ways to implement it (Ruddock, 1991).
The paradigm shift from teacher orientation to student needs orientation means that learning activities are dominated by students, the teacher is only as a guide or facilitator. Responding to these changes, it must be followed by various changes in daily learning activities. If explored further it turns out that the change was caused by a person’s awareness of the lack of means they have.
The method intended here is directly related to the teacher’s tasks such as in teaching and learning activities, starting from setting learning objectives, choosing teaching materials, choosing approaches, media, methods, and assessment systems. As stated by (Ibrahim, 1988) that innovation carried out by a teacher is more emphasized in teaching activities, because he is entrusted with the task and authority to manage learning activities to achieve the stated learning goals. In this context, the teacher’s activities are more than the work of a professional generally because he is required not only to be an expert in his field but also to be able to manage learning in a changing human environment (Klasen and Collier, 1972: 12).
In this case, the teachers try to find relevant models, so that each component of learning runs effectively, and the set goals will be achieved. These models can be obtained from other models or find themselves models that are believed to be more effective. But what must be understood by the teacher in every use of the learning model does not necessarily be effective because it will correlate with other situations.
OK, Passion for teachers and keep teaching creatively.