Experiential Learning (Joyful Learning of Mathematics)

Experiential Learning (Joyful Learning of Mathematics):

• Experiential learning activities will be students-centered/ focused, the learning outcomes of experiential learning are flexible and open.
• In experiential learning, the aim is to develop knowledge and skills.
• Before asking children to solve a particular question ask them the right questions which make them think. The questions should be relevant and it should make sense to them.
• Visualizing problems will help children in understanding faster way. For example.

“Good teaching is more a giving of the right questions than a giving of right answers”

How to make math class more interesting:

• Make it meaningful(asking right questions)
• Use concrete relatable examples(relevant examples that help them to image the real-life incident).
• Encourage creativity and ownership.

Finger multiplication for a table of 9

~saranya

We are going to learn finger multiplication for a table of 9: Fingers

Fingers to the left of the closed finger represent 10’s and the remaining fingers 1’s.

In the below picture: fingers to the left of the closed finger are 1 which means 1 ten and 8 ones are there. It represents 9×2=18.

In the below picture: fingers to the left of the closed finger are 6 which means 6 ten and 3 ones are there. It represents 9×7=63.

Similarly, fingers to the left of the closed finger are 7 which means 7 ten and 2 ones are there. It represents 9×8=72.

CROW

~ Saranya

CROW

CROWS CHARACTERISTICS:

• Males and females are almost identical.
• Males are bigger than females.
• Crows live in almost all parts of the world except Antarctica, the bottom part of South America, and New Zealand.

HABITAT:

• Crows live in open spaces.
• Agriculture fields.
• Crows will not live in a forest or desert.

PARENTAL CARE:

• Crows take 6 days to lay the eggs and 19 days of incubation.
• The Male protects and gathers food. The female watches the baby birds and does not leave the nest unless to get water.
• Both males and females work together to take care of their young.

LONGEVITY:

• Crows will live from 6 to 7 years also crows can live up to 20 years of age in ideal condition.
• Males and females live for the same amount of years.

SEASONAL PATTERNS:

• When winder comes crows fly down to warmer climates.
• During different seasons, Crows do not change their behavior

• Groups of crows are called “murders”. The reason for this is that when a crow is dying of sickness, old age, or injury, the rest of the murder will often kill that crow in order to end it’s suffering.
• Crows have the biggest brain based on body size out of all birds.
• Crows have the ability to judge people by reading their faces and expressions.
• Crows can imitate human voices like parrots.
• Crows are a lot smarter than other birds.

HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS:

• Many people think that crows are their Ancestors (people provide food to the crow).

How to build 3-D Flexagon

~Saranya

1. Take a printed sheet shown in the below
2. Mark numbers in each row so that we won’t miss the order. Follow the below image

3. Marked 1 as the 1st row 2nd as the 2nd row 3rd as the 3rd row and finally 4th as the 4th
row.
4. Cut shape that printed out in the paper(wherever it has bend you have to bend it).
Finally, you should get only that shape of the sheet there shouldn’t be any excess paper.
5. Take empty ballpoint pen to draw the all the diagonal to fold it easily(just draw a line on
top of the all the diagonal)
6. Draw what you want to convey for example(sample image shown in the below):

7. Wherever it says glue apply the glue and fold it.

8. Here is the link for how it works. https://youtu.be/x4aqoaT5zGw

Scratch project on cube

~ ranjith

Here I have created project to show that solid shapes is made up of infinity sheet of surface in scratch. It helps children to understand the relation between area of square and volume of cube by looking at this program.

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/368412131

Run this program in turbo mode “press: shift + green flag ”

10-day Vipassana course Experience

~ Ranjith, Sivaraman, Vasanth

We were participated in a 10-day Vipassana course. we found it useful in various ways.

~Ranjith:

In my first 10-day Vipassana course, I develop ability of tolerance to face problems in life. But I realize that ability of tolerance is not enough, because most of time I felt “I am submissive or aggressive“ when I face a problems, which leads me to question myself  about “my ability of metacognition”. So I decide to go another 10-day vipassana course with a goal in mind to improve my metacognition ability.

Three things that I got from vipassana meditation through experience (Bhavanamaya panya):

1. When I push my mind out its comfort zone (ex: sitting for an hour without moving) for an hour, made me realize that, I have ability to adapt my body and mind to the situations.
2. I had lot of thought about misery in the past, during mediation. After some time realize that “source of all my misery is an attachment towards my ego and my expectation”.
3. Awareness of sensation, and ability to think “why and how certain thought are originated in my mind and how to control it”.

~ vasanth:

It was a great experience for me at Vipassana. There I learned to be aware of my sensations and to maintain equanimity. To be in equanimity I came to know that I should avoid craving and aversion. Because craving and aversion lead to misery in life. For this, I have to accept the joy and sorrow equally. And also I learned to get relief from my mental stress and to sharpen my concentration and focus.

There were three stages such as Anapana, Vipassana and Metta. In Anapana I was asked to observe my breath which moves in and out of my nostrils and to notice the places where the fresh air touched the inner walls of my nostrils for the first two days then on the third day I started to be aware of the sensation of my nose. Then, on the next day onwards I started to abserve the sensations in my body, from head to feet. As I kept my complete attention on my sensations throughout the body, my concentration was not distracted by anything. This made me to be away from craving and aversion.

On the nineth and the tenth day I learnt Metta, which taught me to share my love, compassion, kindness, peace, harmony and goodwill to all human and non-human beings.

~ R.Sivaraman:

The schooling for the mind to see things as they really are, the name is Vipassana. One of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha.

it’s a 10-day course given for free from Dhamma , for Dhamma to make everyone practice and get liberated. By Dhamma’s servers to help others to practice dhamma peacefully.

This course makes people feel the sensations, realize not to react blindly and just let pass slowly, slowly Anicha Anicha. we only react to our sensations good or bad, nothing out is making a sensation in us, its our own craving and clingings

Liberation, the word itself opens up the door to internal peace .no craving, no clinging and no madness only sensations and let them pass slowly, slowly.

Mental practice to come out of all our reactions and make us aware of our reactions and madness.

The art of living a liberated and peaceful life while sharing compassionate love and peace for everyone.

Responsive web page development (HTML, CSS, and jQuery).

~Ranjith and sivaraman

Responsive web page development (HTML, CSS, and jQuery).

This week we got an assignment from our mentor (umang) to write HTML and CSS code to create a drop-down menu for the weekly update page that we are currently working on.

We also explore jQuery to create a drop-down effect on the menu.

The History of Pugal Chola Nayanar (True education team)

~Ranjith, Saranya

Each team have two choose one nayanar. For true education, we choosed pugal chola nayanar why because we were able to connect with our 16 components in this nayanar story.

Continous of True education blog:

Mental and Cognitive education:

Mental and cognitive education can be done by learning about ourselves and the world around us.

We grow in learning about ourselves by respecting our parents, our teachers, and our elders. They support us and provide not only for our basic physical needs but also our mental, intellectual, moral and spiritual needs.

Culture is what we have, i.e. our thought, our expressions, our approach towards life, etc. It has emerged out of collective thinking and is subject to continuous modification by our ancestor’s thoughts which are accepted by society. Swamiji further says, “Peoples in the nation should not only be given the education to make them self-reliant, but also ideas, moral training, and understanding of their great history so that can be motivated to work for their own salvation. Furthermore, they must be given back their culture, without which there is no hope for sustainable progress.

To respect others we need to know about ourselves and we should love our country, our culture, and our ancestors. Cultural plays a major role to develop a better understanding of the world and also helps us to understand ourselves. This helps us develop respect for what we have and grow in self-confidence. It also helps us appreciate that other people have similarly other cultures and environment that have socialized them. Only with real self-confidence will we be able to respect others.

We can’t build a nation without understanding how things work in the world. Culture and History gives us a detailed picture of how society, technology, and government worked way back when so that we can better understand how it works now. It also helps us determine how to approach the future, as it allows us to learn from our past mistakes (and triumphs) as a society.

When we do the above we will treat people equally, with trust, love, regard, and respect. This should be given to all levels and all type of people regardless of any physical, mental, sexual, social, economic or family background.

A story shared at our group was – During cyclone Thane people lost their homes and water flooded many homes. At that time, even basic needs were difficult to meet. Some compassionate people in this world provided these basic needs – food, clothing and shelter. These people have done this as a service without wanting to be recognized. I have come to understand that, when we have trouble others express their love towards us. Henceforth we must express our love to all levels of people, not only that we should do our best to serve people.