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.
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.
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.
~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.
During the activity session children were learning from their elder children. That was quiet interesting for me. Elder children are voluntarily offering to younger children that is i can help you on this project and i can help you on this subject like that. Children are reflecting from their stand. I could see children are using stewardship tool with them. Elder children are creating an opportunity for their younger children. I see this for their growth and for others growth also. Volunteer also making projects using Arduino. Below the picture will tell you about the peer learning.
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.
We had a great time with mohanam team. Our children showed their interest towards tabula through playing instruments and dancing.
Each children got an opportunity to learn one one thing. Finally children took over their turn. We enjoyed a lot and I am able notice few things (1. New children also came out of their hesitation , 2. Gurumurthy much interested in playing kind of drums instruments etc….)
Every children got an opportunity to play all the instruments. And I also had an opportunity to recall what I learnt from mohanam cultural centre.
I learnt that the heart radiates an electromagnetic field affecting each others moods, attitudes and feelings – whether we are conscious of it or not. I learnt to align myself through grounding tool and getting energy from source using this I was able to align myself. I learnt forgiveness tool without condemnation.
From the forgiveness tool I learnt “I forgive release all past and present known and unknown from this life from others life. I release all attachment from the past. I am free”
I learnt to measure my energy level in different kind of feeling.Example when I felt happy my energy level was very high and When I felt sad my energy level went low that impressed me. I noticed that If I felt happy It made others also happy and I noticed that I am creating positive energy for myself, as well as for others also.
Stewardship for new emergence (2 days workshop)
This is my experience From that workshop, I have learned few new tools. These tools was very useful and I practicing day-to-day life. These tools were useful and it’s used to think always from my stand. The tools I practiced from that workshop….1. Stand and fear 2. Integrity 3. Background conversation and deep listening 4. Whole(complete) 5.conscious full spectrum 6.Distinguishing discernment from Judgement 7. Speaking powerfully (3min) 8.Fact and story 9. Complaints which are commitment for action and conversation for commitments behind action etc..
when i used these tools in my life it’s made me to think differently and it’s made me to handle different kind situation(decision making). During the workshop I able to notice who am i and what do i really care about?. I am able to notice few things about me 1. If I am complaining about some issues why i am complaining because i really care about that issues and I want to change that issue then I am creating an opportunity for everyone to take responsibility 2. I am able to notice that whatever the difficult situation comes i have a choice 3. I have hesitation to say ‘no’ because will they other think bad about me like that i had a background conversation after using this tool it made to think positively, now I really don’t have hesitation to say ‘no’ 4. I am able to distinguish between judgement ans discernment 5. I had committed something I unable to finish it with the time frame I just accepted it and There I used my integrity lens. End of the workshop I felt complete and I felt very happy that I got an opportunity to attend this workshop.
~Saranya & Ranjith
Angela Lee Duckworth argues that the key to success is grit—a characteristic she defines as “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.”
There are lots of brilliant people, but it’s the ones who stay true to themselves and follow through that make it. The key to success is setting a goal and pacing yourself (for a marathon rather than a sprint). It’s staying true to that goal even when life gets messy and even when it’s inconvenient that makes the difference.
These uncomfortable, challenging situations are the ones that force us to grow the most. Grit is used to find out our weakness and it make us to work on it.
One possible way to grow grit in children and ourselves is having a ‘growth mindset’ i.e. understanding ourselves and the brain that our abilities are not fixed in stone and can constantly change if we persevere.
Friday (27/04/2018 )was the last sleep over at Isai Ambalam school. Few children’s were in the youth center I don’t know, What they were doing in the youth center. They were took by josh one who is volunteering at Isai Ambalam school and udavi school. I heard about like some sports thing is happening. So I preferred to go youth center because I want to know what’s happening there exactly. I went there it was like wow!!!!!
Children’s were playing big seesaw, bull ride, tree house, one was like roller coaster and reverse bicycle etc.. I wonder about the children because their everything is big but the children does’t have the fear. I can see from the children face. They were saying it was fun and very happy because they were experiencing the joy of youth center. I observed it after that I asked myself that do you want to see or do you want to experience it. And I decided to experience it because we should not accept anything by other’s saying. Because their experience is different our experience is different. When I experienced it, I really felt happy and the experience was very different and fun. This is the one valuable thing I learned about myself. If I could have miss that opportunity I may missed to learn about myself. So from that I understood one thing about me is “I don’t accept what other’s saying I will experience it .