MEDAIYIL THISAIMAANI 2019

~saranya

Logeshwari, Vasantharaj, Alex and I went to present our paper in the ‘Medaiyil Thisaimaani’ program. There were full of govt.school teachers from various school. We (we refers to logeshwari, vasantharaj, alex and saranya) got an opportunity to talk about our school (Isai Ambalam) on first day first program. We shared what we do and what method we follow at our Isai Ambalam school.

We were able to deliver everything also we were able to complete it on time. We had a panel discussion in the afternoon. Govt.school teachers presented their paper to everyone. They also shared what they do and what method they follow in their school.

Reflections:

Saranya

(i) I was able to be on time for the Seminar. I was able to deliver what I want and I was able to complete it on time. I was able to interact with people from different social profile.

(ii) Our presentation went well and it was well received. We had questions from different people also one teacher inspired by our project (world map). They wanted to have same world  map in their school. Interacting with many people and I met my school headmaster.

(iii) I would like to practise before hand for presentation.

Logeshwari

This is the first time I am presenting about Isai Ambalam School outside. I learnt what it would take to give out a presentation to people. It was a good learning experience to become aware of the teaching methods in many of the government schools.

What I did well.

I presented my part of slides in the presentation well other than I expected.

What went well.

The day was started with our presentation and it went well and was received well by the audience.

What I will do differently.

Put time for preparation

Vasantharaj

I didn’t even think about teaching and teaching methods in Government school. In ‘Madaiyil thisaimani’ most of the teachers are from the government school. They have been following different methods, this surprised me a lot. I learnt that Education is practical and the students enjoy the Joy of learning. One science teacher presented a paper “Innovative participatory assessment techniques for science learning” that inspire me a lot. They created their own website and students published their projects. He also explained how to generate QR code for the website. This makes students more curious towards the science. This program makes me perspective of thinking towards how to take classes more interactively.

Alex

I learnt many teaching methods from experienced teacher’s. It’s very useful for me. This program is out of my expectations because is that my first presentation and best experience for
me.
I learned a study on soil,Soil profile, Moisture contents, Pond eco system, etc and then I learned
natural and healthy foods.
in the three days very useful for me. Every day I learnt new things from this workshop.

Program For Math Educators – Day 7

In the morning session, insights sharing from the previous day tool and Powerful speaking was handled by Sundar. In Powerful speaking, participant given an inspirational speech from their stand and generate commitment for action for their projects within 3 minutes and given feedback to other participants for their growth.

After the morning break, few of them presented their projects in scratch which they made at home.

Then we had a scratch session. In which Triangle Inequality, handled by Sundar and Nuclear Fission projects by Ranjith.

After the lunch break, we watched “Everyday Creativity” video.

After the video, we had a Geogebra session. Sandhiya took circumference, and Ranjith took Function, Sequence command for finding the ratio between the perimeter of the circle and polygons inside the circle.

At the end of the day, participants learned to create arc functions (Triangle Inequality) and cloning sprite in Scratch. In GeoGebra, they learned Rotate, Function and Sequence command, and they were able to do a project using that commands.

Programme for Math Educators Day1

We started the program with the morning session where the participants were exposed to learn who they are and to learn why they do what they do. Participants came up with insights such as

  • I learned about my stand and my fear.

  • I came to know my Inner value of who I am and my fear.

  • How to get out of my fear.

  • How to release my fear of Judgement

  • To be authentic not to impress others

  • When I focus on my stand my fear will diminish

Then we continued with the basics Scratch course. We presented children’s stories which they made in Scratch. Then the participants also created their own stories in Scratch and learned motion and looks. After lunch we watched a video on STEM land in Udavi. Saranya presented a STEM land.

Again we continued to work on Scratch participants were asked to create a scratch project where they need to ask five questions in a way that the user can only move on to the next question only if the answer for the previous question is correct. Though that they learned sensing and control by asking questions and verifying whether the user input is correct or not. Those who completed the task moved on and created a maze game.

After a small break with some watermelon, lemon juice and bread we continued the day with Makey Makey and Finch. Arun presented Finch and gave a demo of how it can be controlled using scratch. Then Naveen made a project on Makey Makey. He did a piano and the participants also played it and enjoyed.

At the end of the day some participants who stayed went to STEM land and played few strategic games and were happy.

7 Segment session in Balgalore.

From STEM land 3 people went to Bangalore for one intern in Aura. Their we wanted  to do a session on electronics for the younger grade. Sanjeev’s sister is running a learning centre for the children. So we proposed her that we can conduct a course on electronics for about a 3 hour session for the children. we started the session at 10AM and ended at 1PM.  First they learnt about Seven Segment Display(SSD). Children worked in a group of 3 in  which boys and girls were mixed together. Then we introduced all the components that are required for lighting up their names using seven segment display. We had asked then to  draw the structure of the seven segment display and to pin connection for each LED. Once they had found the pin connections , we introduced the bread board to them. Then children wrote their names in their notebook as it looks like in the seven segment display and understood how to lit up their name using SSD.

Children learnt how to how to use multimeter and check the voltage of the 9v battery, use 1k resistor and using breadboard and wiring up the circuit. Children were fully engaged for 3 hours and they didn’t get distracted by some things.I was inspired by the children when the class got over children collected all the components and kept them in their corresponding boxes. This shows that the children are responsible and want to keep their place clean.

At the end of the session we closed with reflections from each one of them. We had asked them what they learnt . Many of them said that they.

Learn to connect wire and connect a circuit. Cutting wire, Light up SSD,
Group made a word CAT using SSD, Connect a circuit using breadboard. Group MIA learnt to connect wire and build circuit and light up segment. One group made 39.76C using SSD. All things were new stuff for the children and they learn to work together as team. learnt to communication in group

 

Programming4matheducator Day 8

Day 8:

The day started with reflections from the previous day and then Integrity lens was introduced, Poovizhi handled the session.

Then the teachers presented their projects.

The closing for the workshop began with creating my new narrative with drawing our hands and coloring in values which we stood for. Then it was passed on to all the participants and they each wrote what they saw in us. Once everyone got their sheet back it was amazing to read all the values.

Then we broke for lunch and the session came to a closure, but the participants had requested to conduct a session on Arduino with snap.

Then the Arduino was introduced (Digital and analog pins) the task was to make an LED blink for one second. Then to blink 3 LEDs consecutively. Once that was too achieved fading the LED was done. The participants had a sense of accomplishment with wires and bread boards and LEDs. Then Ram stood up and gave a spiel of thanks for the organization team and invited us to Sitiling.

C.S.A and T.S.A

10th grade passed out(2019 and 2018) student Sathish, Kabilan, Lavanya, and Punithavel. Lavanya supported this year 10-grade and explained the mathematical concept to the student.  Sathish, Kabilan and Punithavel did the scratch projects in the Curve Surface Area(C.S.A) and Total Surface Area(T.S.A) of the cylinder. Sathish presented his projects to 10th-grade students and cleared 10th-grade students doubts. They currently working the scratch projects to support the 10th- grade.

 

~Sandhiya

Programme4MathEducator Day 6

In the morning session the insights from the previous day tool CFSR (Consious Full Spectrum Response) tool was processed by Poovizhi.

Couple of insights on CFSR (Consious Full Spectrum Response) are:

When I designed my project using the CFSR sheet I was able to see the challenges that would come when doing the project. It was clear and got more clarity about the project.

Then we did the tool Commitment for action behind complaint handled by Poovizhi and Naveen. This tool is about the three types of complaints and the way how the conversations can be shifted. After the insights from this tool we had a break.

After the break, the technical session was Scratch.

In Scratch, Triangle Inequality, Algebraic Identities handled by Sundar and Square of number and Cube root projects by Ranjith.

After the lunch break, we watched ‘Story of Solutions’. Murali took over the session in GeoGebra on Pythogoras therorem, Pie chart, Reflection and Refraction, Solar system and animations.

Solar System Project

Pythogoras Theorem

Pie chart

At the end of the day participants learnt to use functions (blocks) in Scratch, how to find square root of a number and made their projects and most of them were able to do animations in GeoGebra.

Programming4matheducator

DAY 4

The Morning session of Day 4 started with insights that the participants learned in the previous day, which was followed by a video “Story of Stuff”.The Story of Stuff is a short animated documentary about the life cycle of material goods. The documentary is critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability.

Later a session was taken by Naveen where he taught the methods to draw graph and Coordinate Geometry using GeoGebra and some tasks were given to the participants. The participants were excited when different projects of the 9th graders were displayed by Arun.

After returning from Lunch , a short video on Semour Papert was shown.The Video was about how Papert recognized that computers could be used not just to deliver information and instruction, but also to empower children to experiment, explore, and express themselves.

The next session on GeoGebra was handled by Murali which included concepts like drawing shapes, midpoint and interactive inputs. The day was closed with a Quotation.

 

Programming4Matheducators Day-5

Day 5:

As usual we started the day with the insights from the previous day. The tool for day 5 was CFSR (Conscious Full Spectrum Response) which was handled by Arun.He explained the 3 circles of Solution,System and cultural shifts,values/Stand.The participants were asked to fill CFSR relating to their own projects.

After the morning break,Few of them presented their projects in scratch which they made at home.Then everyone made their daily plans.Then we had scratch session where Pratap handled the number line integers .The participants were asked to make their own number line integers using the blocks such as sensing, operators, variables, pen. Then Ranjith showed the vernier calliper project made in scratch and also he explained the working principle using a real vernier calliper that we use in stemland.

 

The Afternoon session started with a video “What makes us feel good about work (21 min)” which was translated in tamil by Ramkumar(participant). After the video, We started geogebra session.First we asked the participants to make an equilateral triangle using the center point,radius and intersection point of two circles.Then we asked them to find the ratio between perimeter of the circle and polygons inside the circle and note the observations in the inbuilt spreadsheet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the evening session Naveen handled the Alice basic course.He showed some projects made by the children and then he taught the basic functions such as movements, backgrounds, looks, etc.., At the end of the day we gave them some tutorial videos to learn Alice. Finally we ended the day with the participants making their assessments for their plans and daily reflections.

Day 3 Programming4matheducators

`Programmee4MathEducators

Session 1

The Morning session of Day 3 started with insights that the Participants learned in the previous day, which was followed by the tool of “Deep listening”. Participants shared our insights and also they noticed the background conversation while learning deep listening. After Naveen took the tool “4 Profiles”. In those profiles, they learned wisdom profile, social profile, professional profile, and personal profile.

 

Insights from participants:

  • I learn four profiles, especially social profile is more attached and make me think myself deeply.
  • Not to judge anyone by the physical appearance.

  •  learn to focus my wisdom profiles on top priority in my life.

  • Which is right to me I will do that.

  • How will treat with others in public?

Session 2

Later a session was taken by Saranya. First, I asked the projects Who did the task in the previous day, I collected his/her participant’s projects and presented them in the screen. After she taught the methods to do Practical geometry (concentric circle) and laterally Abilash presented the Set Theory using scratch, and gave some tasks that were given to the participants. Participants were excited to do the task. And keep on asking the doubts to Saranya. She cleared the doubts during lunchtime itself.

Set Theory

Concentric circle

Aangle bisector

After returning the Lunch, a short video on” How to make stress your friend” was shown. The summary of the video was,

“Kelly has been treating stress as a disease that makes people sick but has now changed her tune. A study assessed people’s feelings of stress, their attitude towards stress, and correlated against public death records. The people most likely to die were more stressed, but they also believed that stress was harmful to their health. People who were highly stressed but didn’t believe it was harmful were the least likely group to die. The study shows it isn’t stressed that kills people, it’s the belief that stress is harmful. By reshaping how you think about stress, you can retool your body’s response.

When stressed, your heart beats faster, you breathe faster, and you’ll break out into a sweat. Normally we’d view these as signs that you’re not coping well, but people could also be taught that your body is preparing for action. By pumping more blood and breathing more you are preparing for something difficult, and ready to take on any challenge.

The harmful part of stress is a restriction of blood vessels, which is associated with cardiovascular disease. When people learn to see stress as a positive, the blood vessels do not constrict. The body response looks more like it is full of joy.

The next time you are stressed, think about it as your body preparing you for the challenge.

Stress makes you social. Oxytocin is a neural hormone that primes you to strengthen relationships, and help your friends. It is also known as ‘the cuddle hormone’. But Oxytocin is also released as a stress response – to make you want to tell someone you are struggling. Oxytocin is also received in the heart, to strengthen, heal and protect it from the effects of stress. As you release more of this hormone by being stressed or helping others, you increase your stress resilience.

Another study looked at how stressed people were, how much time they had spent helping family/friends/ their community, and correlated with public death records. For general respondents, a major stressful crisis increased the risk of dying by 30%. However, people who spent time caring for others had no increase in the risk of death due to stress.

The results of stress are changed by your mindset. When you think of stress as a benefit it acts that way. When you help others, you build resilience to stress.

When given a choice between a stressful job and one that is less stressful, Kelly recommends that you follow the one that gives you the most meaning, and trust yourself to handle the stress that results.”

Here is the Link of the video: https://youtu.be/RcGyVTAoXEU?t=13

Session 3

Fraction

Factorization

Speed Distance and Time

The next session on Scratch was handled by Sandhiya, who introduced the Mathematical concepts like Arithmetical operations, Fractions, and  Factorization. Abilash continued the next session and presented the Speed, Distance and Time using lists in scratch. The day was closed with a 3_Albert-Einstein-quotes-Genius1 Quotation.

~Sandhiya