Last January 26, we visited SMA Negeri 3 Medan. This was the high school where we would observe and eventually teach.
We first visited the faculty room, where we met the principal and her colleagues. They briefly oriented us on the school and allowed us to have tea with them before we began our tour.
While we were visiting the school campuses different buildings, I took particular note of the various bulletin boards that we passed by. Many of them had their own distinct eye-catching designs and informed the students of various matters.
The first office we visited was the Guidance Office. Here, students could talk about their personal problems or issues with a qualified guidance counselor who could help them. Students who had disciplinary issues also came to this office in order to discuss their behavior and how they could prevent such incidents from happening again.
Another office that we visited was the library. It was unique in that you had to leave your shoes outside before entering, and it also had its own water fountain. I thought the idea of having a water fountain was great because it could allow the students to relax and meditate.
There was an adequate amount of books available. The bookshelves were neatly arranged and categorized, so it was easy to find books according to their subject matter.
Other facilities in the library included computers that the students could use to search available books. They looked well maintained and functional, and were located near the working area of the students for their convenience.
While we were visiting the library, there was an Economics class that made use of the students’ working area. I noticed that they were relaxed and attentive to the teacher because their learning environment was more open and less hectic than a regular classroom.
The school library was relaxing, well-organized, neat, and relaxing. Its bookshelves were well stocked and properly arranged according to subject matter, and it had other facilities that helped the students relax and meditate.
After visiting the library, we visited the school clinic.
We briefly met with the staff of the clinic and learned about how their clinic worked. Students who were feeling ill or felt severe discomfort could come to the clinic and rest or take medicine as needed. They could also be sent home if they were too unwell to continue their classes.
After visiting the clinic, we also passed by some of the laboratories used by the students.
All in all, the school was very warm and accommodating to us. It was very interesting to tour around and explore a school in a foreign country, and I hope that more and more students get to make full use of these facilities.