Peer learning in 8th Grade

Anisha,Janani,Sivasakthi,Sindhu and Larasem were working on geometry in finding the angels for triangle with the other angles given directly or indirectly. They had some confusions and started to discuss among themselves by working out in each others notebook. Later, each took turn and used the board to frame their own questions and  asked the others to solve. Then they discussed among themselves in how to solve the question.

What they learned in the discussions are as follows:

  • There are three angles in a triangle.
  • They know that the sum of angle in an triangle is 180 degree.
  • Intersecting angles in a straight line is 180 degree.

Fixing the 3D printer in STEMLand

The 3D printer in Stemland was not printing the model at the centre of the plate. It started to print the models at the corner of the plate. When I looked, I found that the trigger switch that was to locate the x-location was broken. So, I had bought a new trigger switch to replace the broken switch.

Pranavraj from 8th grade was working on the proof of the area of parallelogram is equal to the area of rectangle with same base and height. He wanted to create a 3D printed model for that. I supported him in creating the model using blender. Then as the 3D printer was broken he was not able to print the model. He helped me in replacing the trigger switch. Then we replaced the trigger switch. The new trigger switch is not able to get triggered when it hits the screw for the x location. This needs to be debugged.

Project Presentation by 8th Graders

This week Larasem and Sindhu from 8th Grade in Udavi school presented their project on Geometry to the 8th and 9th graders. It was a simple Scratch program where they showed a triangle and calculated the third angle of  the triangle by giving two angles.

This was their first time to present a project and they did it well and also answered the questions too.

The program had only fixed angles and they were not changing automatically. Then Sanjeev showed to the children on how to create a variable and make the angles to change randomly and also add the tick to the angles using ‘join’.

Projects Presentation

~ Saranya

In STEM land children have their freedom to choose their goals for a week and they will work on it. End of the week children will share their projects to everyone. From this presentation I am able to see peer learning is happening in STEM land. Every week children are having project presentation through this children confident level is increasing.

1. Baranidharan

He selected algebra as a goal for this week and he worked on it. He came up with a project on algebra using scratch.

He shared his project to 7th and 9th grade. He explained the concept of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of polynomial.

That was very interesting for us.

7th grade got an idea of how they can make project on scratch.

2. Divakaran

Divakaran worked on set language and he made a game through scratch.

He shared his project to everyone and 7th grade played that game and learnt about set language.

Though 7th grade did’t have set language as a syllabus but they have learnt about it by this presentation.

Finally from this project presentation 7th grade got an idea of how to make project.

Now 7th grades are working on their projects.

Finding the Pattern using shapes and colours

3rd grade children from Isai ambalam school are studying about patterns. They were given an activity to make some design out of different shapes and colors. They split into teams and started to create their own designs. Later they all went through each one’s design and found the pattern in the design. Children were able to find the pattern that was used in the design and discussed about it. They were so interested to use the material and it was easy for them to understand about patterns. Later they were able to find patterns from their class room. They came up with things like window grill, wall, Leaves and so on.

Medicinal Garden

~Pratap and saranya

Pratap, Sundar,Naveen and I was working on the medicinal garden. When we are working with children we raised question towards the children about how they got an idea like this? They said that when we attended Siddha doctor session for our small kind of infection we would like to create medicinal garden in our school that will be useful for us as well as for next generation. Again we raised question towards children about where do you want to have medicinal garden they said near by kitchen. We had like this many conversation with children finally we did fenece for the medicinal garden and each children came up with small idea that each person will select one medicinal plant and they should know about the benefit of the plat that they are choosing to have in school. They searched on the internet about their medicinal plant and they came up with an idea These are the things we need to have for the medicinal plant they took notes for that. Volunteer from US his name is rohan, He also supported children to make fence. This medicinal plant is ongoing.





During the math hour children were learning about the counting in tens. Everyone were doing the book activity so we arised question to children according to the activity (i.e) 35 flowers howmany garland can you make? Children suddenly asked us to give buttons. We gave buttons to them and they made 3 garland 3 extra flowers. Weasked in that flowers howmany ten’s are here and howmany one’s are here? Children answered well. Each and every children answered well. I noticed that when we ask question to children mostly all of the children were tried to explore their interest towards the maths.

Addition of one digit numbers

1st grade children are studying about numbers 0-10 and addition of one digits number. They taught to use Cuisenaire rod for learning numbers (because children like color very much and they learned number easily using it). Then they are asked to find out what are possible ways of getting 10, 9, and 8 by adding two numbers.

It was interesting to see children figure out a pattern in adding number using Cuisenaire rods.

Children are teaching their friends about adding two numbers using Cuisenaire rods.


Practicing Breakdown to Breakthrough

As a team we practiced the Breakdown to Breakthrough exercise. First day we did the session with the Tamrai Team. We did the exercise together and shared our insights in a pair and as a group. On the second day, we continued it for the breakdowns which we had for our team.
We had fun as well as we came up with action items and new ideas for the breakdowns we had in our team.

My Insights:

  • A breakdown does not be bad or hard to take on, it can also be fun.
  • A breakdown comes when I need something to happen or progress to happen in my workplace.
  • I learnt that I don’t need to wait for others to do the work, I can also take responsibility and do a work for which I am not accountable for.

Fraction; Proper and Improper

Proper Fraction:

The fraction is always less than 1 whole

e.g.For the fraction (1/6); I have one cake and I want to give it equally to six people, How much will each get?

I.e) The Numerator will always be less than the denominator

link to scratch code:

This program can be altered to show equivalent fractions as well.

Improper Fractions

The fraction is always greater than 1 whole

I have 11 cake I want to give to 8 people equally, what should I do?

I.e) The Numerator will always be greater than the denominator

link to scratch code:

This program takes two inputs numerator and denominator and draws that as a fraction.