The 6th graders at Isaiambalam school were working on converting a multiplication story to two relevant division stories. They had initially done it with random objects. Then 7th graders stepped in and took it a little further involving physics with speed distance and time. They followed the following model to tell the stories:
I taught pattern to 2nd grade children. I used material for that. Children understood the concept of the pattern and I showed them cloth pattern. I asked them to color the worksheet and they did it on their own. They explained the pattern with their friends. Children very excited to continue the pattern and I asked children to create your own pattern. They made color pattern and shape pattern. Children did very nicely. I was impressed. Children did that well.
Here is the images for children pattern.
As STEMland is a research organization, we want to research our teaching methods and technique (Please look at the purpose of our organization). We are doing research on the following topics at STEMLand.
- Deep learning of Mathematics through engaging with life and interdisciplinary work (Arun and Logeshwari)
- Effective learning environments by utilization of LIAP (Leadership In Action Programs) in
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Education (Sundar)
- Factors and interventions influencing student’s attitude towards mathematics (Poovizhi and Pratap)
We were supported by SAIIER to do these projects.
With the beginning of the term it was the first few classes for the 7th graders who came in fresh to the STEMLand at Udavi. Children worked on various topics, some chose algebra and to start they began with the ‘Algebra with pen’.
This module works as the following:
Thus creating a story for the others, saying ‘If 5 erasers weighs 12 grams how much would one weigh?’
And the others would do the calculation and respond to here.
initially the girls were interested in doing this, they had weighed different objects and found out the expressions and then determined how much each object weighed, and then generalized it to other real life objects.
As a few boys had this in their weekly plan they were eager to learn, but did not know how to use the materials, Monisha and Pavitha were excited in demonstrating this and so began the experiments to determine the unknown.
The children used the dienes blocks to evaluate 1 gram of the object and other weighing stones of standard weights.