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.

Support A Child – Reflections

The Support A Child program for Isai Ambalam School started in August 2018 which is supported by Asha for Education, Bangalore. We started the program for support for 68 children of phase one (children from 3rd grade to 8th grade). Once all the students got supported we started the second phase of children 60 (children from creche to 2nd grade). With the kind support of 69 donors we got support for all the children in Isai Ambalam School.

We attended a course on WordPress and learnt how to build websites and pages. We built the SAC page in Asha for Education, Bangalore. Saranya, Sanjeev and I worked on it. From the learning of the course some of them was easier to do but some of the other things like automating the donation and tracking the supported/Not supported child was difficult for us. We learnt many features in website building like FAQs, Menu, Header images, Body texts, Buttons, Form Submit, Auto response when the form is submitted and so on. We got the website ready and launched the program in Isai Ambalam School.

After launching the program we created accountabilities. There were many tasks involved in this whole process. We had to communicate with the donors, check/track the donations, collect receipts, communicating with teachers in Isai Ambalam, send student information,etc. Saranya and I have accounatbilities  separately and work on it together.

-Reflections from Logeshwari

What I did well?

I made the SignUp form in WordPress and learnt how to send auto response when the form is submitted. Collaborated with Saranya and making the whole web pages in WordPress and running the program along with her. Sharing what I learnt when doing the website pages to her. Created the Google Sheets in which the colour changes of students not supported to red and supported children to green when we no and yes respectively.

What went well?

The kind support of all the donors. Some donors picking more than one child. This is the first time I’m running a SAC program and handling financial details.

What will I do differently?

To communicate with the respective people who all are involved and reduce the gap in between. To set up deadlines for the tasks and work on them.

-Reflection from Saranya

What did I do well?

This is the first time I am running Support a child programme. I learnt how to use contact form, change font size and header images along with Logeshwari. I worked on the web page (uploading google xlsx into the page, . We planned and worked together. We learnt to know each other skills and we splitted up the  task. I learnt to use filter in google sheet. During this period I learnt a lot. It help me to reflect myself.

What went well?

-Sign up page, Aautomation (filtering the child ) and we expected one donor choose one child but some donor picked more that 4.

-Responding to the donor.

-Sending update to the donor.

Where to improve?

Send newsletter on time.

Welcome Anupama

Anupama Jagadeesh deeply cares about self-exploration. She has 18 years of experience in web based applications for various corporates in the US and and has just moved from Seattle. She was a senior development lead delivering products primarily on Java platforms. She is very interested in alternative education and she trained herself in Montessori and has home schooled her two children.

She is supporting us in making the school database software automated version in the afternoons after 2pm. It is really helpful for us to have a senior and experienced person to work with.

Reflections on LNET(Learning Network)

STEM land team attended the  LNET conference in Bangalore. Here is the reflections about the conference as a team.

Arun

I learnt about games that can help children to be engaged in the class rooms, prove (a+b)^2 & Pythagoras, energizers which help children who come from holidays and breaks, Introduce decimals and place values, learnt thought break games.

I interacted with Padnaban on children’s exposure to different concepts. I realized that at a child’s level it’s important for them to work on abstraction and they have a beginners mind to learn. I talked with a creative teacher about sending children outside when they wanted to play for sometime. It helped children to be focused once they come in the class and engage with the children (younger children 3-5 years).

I conducted a session on Stewardship and 7 segment display along with my team. Include thought breaks in classes.

Logeshwari

The History and Geography session of Aruna really struck me. I learned the format of how to introduce a concept in History and Geography. First Do activities and cards of a concept (eg.volcano), second do words related to that concept, third show movies and tell stories of the concept. And now the students will now have got an idea of almost the concept. So finally tell the fact about the concept. The interaction that made me grow was the need to learn History. History gives us experience of many people and many different situations, from which we can learn. I am interested in Geography but not in History. After attending the session I was really interested and I felt like learning the history is very simple.

The activity of showing children the flash cards at the end of class and not to talk anything more about it on that day, it will make the children to learn that. For example Aruna showed five cards of valleys and mountain and didn’t tell anything more about it. I was really curious of what it is. Children will also feel the same. This will make the children interested, which I would like to use in my class.

By learning history I could come out of the myths that we all generally have. For example, British were ruling most of India. It built an interest in me to learn history.

The overall insight about the LNET conference is that I didn’t feel that we all were from different places, schools or organizations. I felt the same because the motivation and the reason for the development and growth of children is the same. As a teacher it was really helpful for me. I learnt the different activity based learning from the conference.

Poovizhi

I learned different ways of teaching a subject to children. I learned the relationship between math and art from Swathi’s session. I learned to introduce line and concepts in geometry using sticks. I learned the importance of History and how it is related to Geography. I learned the way to teach history and geography using flash cards. From Manjunath’s session I learned the activities to do with children to build a good relationship between the team and to be energetic.

I got an opportunity to meet people who are also keen in changing the rotten the education system and are really taking effort for an alternative education where children enjoy learning. I shared about STEM land and I felt acknowledged for the work we do here.

I participated in the sessions and we conducted a session on LIAP and seven segment display.

I will apply the methods I’ve learned to teach decimal values, geometric concepts and ask children to come up with their own booklets with short stories. I’ll do some activities with the children when the class feels dull.

I’ve got a sense that people are there around the world who are willing to make change in the education system and are doing it at their best from where ever the are and are always ready to share and support others to learn and grow together.

Pratap

What I learnt from the conference is, how to engage with the children with geography and history.

How to introduce in step by step and break it down into smaller problems and introduce to the children. Make the concept concrete by doing activity related the concept. I participated in the Math sessions where I learnt how to introduce decimal and visualize the concept to the children. I also learnt exponential series.

All the people who came to the conference were teachers and when I told about what we do in STEM land the teacher were impressed and was able to inspire them. I used some of the SFNE tools to talk with others eg. powerful speaking and committed request. I felt I am not alone trying to change the education system there are so many people who are trying to exchange various method that worked for them in teaching to children.

My contribution to success of the conference are participating in all the session. Presented a session on SFNE for the teacher and gave electronic session to the kids. It was really interesting. Participating in sessions beyond the conference like Sundaram session on decimal and Manjunath session on theater session.

While doing EBD I use to concentrate only on Math and science but now I will also concentrate in including history and geography. I will also do assessment for the children at end of each EBD.
By interacting and exchanging ideas with the teacher gave me clarity on how to teach and explore with the children to learn and retain the concept.

Ranjith

I learnt about creating arts and GP series by cutting a triangle(fractal triangle), AP series by cutting a square, prove (a+b)^2 & Pythagoras, Approaches to developing emotional intelligence in children (similar to identifying fear and take action with responsibility), Introduce decimals and place values, kirigami Math arts.

I interacted with Manjunath about thought break games for both children and teachers, I realized that making children feel better before starting class is important, because it helps children to focus.

I participated in other session and we also conducted session leadership in action and 7-segment display. Introduce Art in Math and Emotional Intelligence to children.

Saranya

I learnt new activities, how to introduce division,place value,patterns and types of pattern, learnt what is theater learning, (a+b)2 through dotted sheet.

I interacted with Emma she did master in education. She worked in different zone after few years she started teaching for kids. She focuses only on English. She shared her story with me why she took specifically English and etc..there I got an opportunity to share my experience with children and we shared what material we will use for to improve children communication.

I participated in other session and we also conducted session leadership in action and 7-segment display. Few children voluntarily came and learnt about 7-segment display and I had a grate time with them.Beyond the conference I had a session with Manjunath and Sudaram. That session was very useful for me. I had a different experience with different person. It helped for my growth.

Experience in theater learning session was interesting for me.

Lesson Plan

We all learnt how to make a lesson plan from Naveen. He gave a presentation on how to make a lesson plan. Lesson plan is making a plan of a lesson/chapter before teaching to the students. It is pre-preparation of the teacher to achieve what he/she wants the children to learn. By using the lesson plan format I got a clear idea. As teachers it is important to have clarity on what how am I going to take the class. Infact the lesson plan helped me to do it. In the month of March we learnt the steps of perfection, I see this lesson plan as its first step-clarity of what we are doing.

The lesson plan has teaching points, learning objectives, previous knowledge, etc., which helped me easier to divide the lesson into smaller pieces. While creating a lesson plan I learnt many new things like the senses of animals and birds.

Powerful Speaking

-Logeshwari

This week we worked with “Powerful Speaking” a tool from the Stewardship for New Emergence program. It was new for some of us in the team. Everyone shared for about three minutes on what they want to accomplish in the upcoming year. We used the conscious full spectrum to fill what and how to accomplish. I wanted to work on the EBD (Education By Design) more, learn from it and to be able to do EBDs with children.

Once each person shared we gave feedback to them. I learnt how to give feedback to others and learned to distinguish it from advice. The format of the feedback we used was ‘retain’, ‘increase’ and ‘decrease’ on what the person spoke supporting them to speak again the next time, possibly to a different forum.  From this tool, I learnt how to come up and speak to the team and learnt to be specific on the committed requests I make.

Iffat in Isai Ambalam

– Logeshwari

Iffat from Bangladesh came along with her friend to Isai Ambalam School. She completed her Vipassana meditation in Chennai and came to Auroville. She is a writer and involved in arts. Initially she visited Udavi School and then came to Isai Ambalam. Pratap and I were showing and explaining the EBD (Education By Design) that children made. We showed all the EBDs like pond, clay room, tree house, clay oven, India map, vegetable garden and Kitchen waste water treatment. Tree house was explained by the Josh who made this initiative possible in school. Both of them climbed the tree house and enjoyed it.

Students had their examinations at that time. The sixth and seventh graders built a small India map, which was an assessment for them. Two hours was allocated for them to complete it and they completed with five minutes to spare. Then they project was assessed by Ragu. Then later Iffat and her friend interacted with children.

Shell commands

I learnt about shell commands. A Shell is an environment which is used to run our commands and programs. It is an user interface with the operating system. There are many different types of shell. I learnt some commands in bash and C shell. Bash is one of the original shell which developed for UNIX computers. C shell was developed based on model of C programming syntax. To know which shell you are using type echo $0.
I learnt how to define variables both in bash and C shell. Bash is denoted by $. The syntax to define a variable is $a = 5
To print the value of the variable use the command echo $a. In C shell we need to set the environment variable. So the syntax goes like this. setenv a 10. An environmental variable has the name and the value.
To go to the home directory ~/.cshrc and ~/.bashrc for C shell and Bash respectively.

Cutting Bamboo

In Saturday school students had different tasks to do in school. One of them was cutting bamboo tree and making them into pieces for putting banner in many places in Auroville. The banner was for Isai ambalam School. The day before (Friday) students had already cut some of the bamboo tree. We knew the specifications of how many bamboo sticks are needed and what are all the measurements. We need to 12 sticks of 17 feet (5 meters and 10 cm) and 12 sticks of 11 feet (3 meters and 35 cm). Students measured the length using tape and cut them using axe ,saw and knifes. While doing this task the students measurements and conversion of feet to meters.

India map

Students from 6th and 7th graders made India map using red soil, clay, bricks, pebbles, sand, alluvial soil, black soil. They first wanted to make it on the loft. First they drew a three meters height and three meters width box. Each student were given separate parts of the country to draw. By using graph sheets they drew the map of India.

They made the structure of India using clay. Since there was heavy sun on the loft, the clay got cracks. So students decided to make in on the ground. They did the same thing in the ground. Now they gave shelter to it. But still after a few days it had cracks. Then students came up with a solution that since the layer of the clay is so thin, it had cracks. We had some remaining soil left after the work of oven Education By Design (EBD), so students used that red soil and created another layer above the clay. By using bricks and red soil students built the mountains. In order to differentiate between desert, mountains and rivers they used different materials. For the rivers they mixed the cement with water and built many rivers in India. For desert, they put normal sand. In the eastern parts of the country, they put the alluvial soil. Because the rivers take the alluvial soil and leave it in the delta before joining the sea. Tasks were properly divided among students and it took about two weeks for them to complete the map. The final output of the map was looking good with mountains, rivers and other geographical features. By doing this EBD they learnt Geography of India. Their teacher Ragu supported them.