REVITALIZING THE USE OF CAPTAIN’S DIARY TO INCREASE POSITIVE PEER INTERACTION
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As learners learn at school, they have much opportunity to work and play with each other. When this kind of interaction occurs, they learn to trust, care, and respect their peers. These kind of positive interactions can build friendship and increase positive climate in a classroom. It was found at the fourth grade of Muhammadiyah Program Khusus Elementary School Surakarta that many learners have difficulty to interact positively with their peers. To solve the problem, the team revitalized the use of Captain’s Diary. An exploratory research which was conducted as the preliminary research of here was conducted to describe: a)the procedure of using Captain’s Diary to increase the learners’ positive peer interaction, and b) the positive interaction occurred among the peers. The informants of the study were 30 fourth grade learners and two classroom teachers. To analyze the data, the writers employed Mile and Huberman’s Model of Descriptive Interactive comprising three steps, namely data reduction, data display, and drawing conclusion/verification. The results showed that a) the Captain’s Diary was implemented following these steps: a)voting for a captain, b) writing the diary, c) discussing a problem found, d) sharing the results of the discussion with the rest of the class, b)learners learn to interact positively.