MEDAIYIL THISAIMAANI 2019

~saranya

Logeshwari, Vasantharaj, Alex and I went to present our paper in the ‘Medaiyil Thisaimaani’ program. There were full of govt.school teachers from various school. We (we refers to logeshwari, vasantharaj, alex and saranya) got an opportunity to talk about our school (Isai Ambalam) on first day first program. We shared what we do and what method we follow at our Isai Ambalam school.

We were able to deliver everything also we were able to complete it on time. We had a panel discussion in the afternoon. Govt.school teachers presented their paper to everyone. They also shared what they do and what method they follow in their school.

Reflections:

Saranya

(i) I was able to be on time for the Seminar. I was able to deliver what I want and I was able to complete it on time. I was able to interact with people from different social profile.

(ii) Our presentation went well and it was well received. We had questions from different people also one teacher inspired by our project (world map). They wanted to have same world  map in their school. Interacting with many people and I met my school headmaster.

(iii) I would like to practise before hand for presentation.

Logeshwari

This is the first time I am presenting about Isai Ambalam School outside. I learnt what it would take to give out a presentation to people. It was a good learning experience to become aware of the teaching methods in many of the government schools.

What I did well.

I presented my part of slides in the presentation well other than I expected.

What went well.

The day was started with our presentation and it went well and was received well by the audience.

What I will do differently.

Put time for preparation

Vasantharaj

I didn’t even think about teaching and teaching methods in Government school. In ‘Madaiyil thisaimani’ most of the teachers are from the government school. They have been following different methods, this surprised me a lot. I learnt that Education is practical and the students enjoy the Joy of learning. One science teacher presented a paper “Innovative participatory assessment techniques for science learning” that inspire me a lot. They created their own website and students published their projects. He also explained how to generate QR code for the website. This makes students more curious towards the science. This program makes me perspective of thinking towards how to take classes more interactively.

Alex

I learnt many teaching methods from experienced teacher’s. It’s very useful for me. This program is out of my expectations because is that my first presentation and best experience for
me.
I learned a study on soil,Soil profile, Moisture contents, Pond eco system, etc and then I learned
natural and healthy foods.
in the three days very useful for me. Every day I learnt new things from this workshop.

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.

Volunteer learning Mindstorm from children

~Saranya
Visitor from Pondicherry. He has an experience in robotics by using Arduino. He wants to learn mindstorm so he visited STEM land. In our STEM land there is no hierarchy. If children knows which I don’t know I can learn from children also. That what happened at STEM land. He actually learnt from children only. He already knew how the mindstorm works but he didn’t do it by practically. He started coming to STEM land then he worked with our children and he learnt mindstorm. Now he is offering course on robotics. Here I am able to see sharing knowledge each other. Whateer we learnt we shared with him now, he is going to share about robotics.

 

 

MES10 Reflection by STEM Team

Mathematics Education and Society 10th International Conference, Hyderabad, India Jan 28th – Feb 2nd, 2019

We went for an International Conference Which happened first time in Asia. It happened in Hyderabad university. The were 160 people from 20 different countries. It was a five day conference. We went to present a paper and a poster. In this conference they a plenary session in which one people will present a p[aper and the other 2 will respond to the presenter. Then 160 were divided into 5 small groups. Each group was about 20 to 25 people. Based on the plenary session from 25 people we again split into small group and discuss about the topic that happened in the plenary session. They also gave change for each group to ask a question. Then gathered in our group and discussed the questions. Among these question we selected a question and asked it to the presenter. The presenters answered the questions. Everyday in the afternoon we had a parallel session on presenting the paper. Paper presentation

Pratap and Poovizhi presented a paper on “factors that influence children attitude towards mathematics”. To read the paper click here.

There were about 55 people for our session and we presented in front of them. Generally it was 10 minutes presentation and 20 minutes for discussion about the paper. But for us we presented for 10 minutes and discussion happened for 40 minutes the paper was well receive by the people. After presenting the paper one of the parent came to us and she wanted her child to admit in our school. That moment we felt that we are doing a big change in the world. Some of them wanted to set-up STEM in their school and they were asking many question about the STEM land school.

Poster Presentation

On the  next day Arun presented a poster on Deep learning of mathematics by building projects  and we supported him. It was also well received by the people and some wanted to  implement our method in their schools.

 

Reflections of the team

 

 

 

Development through drama course

~Saranya

Three of us went for this workshop. It was happening past two weeks. Through this workshop I know to take class with only the instruction. There were few new activities I learnt from this workshop. It was really good. It help children to concentrate.

We can use the body to stimulate imagination and the imagination to stimulate movement.

It’s my treasure/ Stolen Treasure – change the name to suit group

Set up a semi circle of ‘treasure’ around the person who is ‘on’. This person closes their eyes or wears a blind fold if they are younger. The class are invited one at a time to have a go to ‘steal’ the treasure (with some groups ask them to put hands up if they want a go and teacher makes sure everyone gets a go – in silence). They creep forward, take one piece of treasure and return to their place without making a sound. The person who owns the treasure must try to hear where they are and if they point in that exact direction then the person must finish their go/ return their treasure.

Traffic Light – using the colours to move/slow down and freeze. Variations include swapping the meaning of colours eg Red= Go- this demands more concentration; or adding in further instructions as people are moving in one mode, eg Amber means walking on tiptoes, Green means walking like a gorilla etc.

Snake Lines

Starting with one long line, give each child a number from 1. Explain you would like them to move around the room like a snake, staying together in one long line. Practice this.

Then explain that when you call a number you want that number person to be at the front of the snake. Anyone whose number is lower, must walk quietly to the back of the line. Practice this.

Once the group have mastered these first stages, then make 2 lines, standing shoulder to shoulder. Give each pair a number and repeat the exercise as above. When the pairs are going to the back of the line they should separate in different directions – person on left goes left, person on right goes right.

Once all of this has been mastered add one further challenge, when you say ‘Split’ the 2 lines separate out and follow their own path. When you call ‘unite’ then they must try to come back together again without stopping if possible.

Paired film-making

In pairs label yourselves A & B. A’s must think of an activity they can act out- something from everyday living, eg washing, eating, cleaning, gardening. Staying where they are (not moving around the room), A’s begin their action.

B’s are the film-makers and they are filming the action. They can choose long shots, medium shots or close-ups. Let this run for a couple of minutes while everyone is absorbed. Then swap roles.

Afterwards give pairs a couple fo minutes to chat about what shots they would keep in their films.

Mirrors

Standing opposite your partner one person begins to move their hands slowly and the other follows. The aim is to move slowly enough so that the action is perfectly mirrored. Swap roles so that the other person leads for a while.

Developments:

  • Have no leader- try to co-lead it
  • Lose the strained staring at each other- aim for a soft gaze
  • Add music for a longer, more sustained actionAsk the pairs to Freeze at certain moments and decide if they were in a story right now who might they be and what might the story be?
    1. You can keep changing partners for this exercise so pupils get used to working with each other 
      1. Moving in different ways

      In this exercise the class is moving around the room responding to instructions and narration given by the teacher. Begin form normal walking and then introduce:

      • Medium: in sea, on land, in air
      • Purpose: searching for food/treasure, escaping, moving from one place to another eg out of the sea, out of a hole
      • Surfaces: dry earth, into mud, onto hot rock, thick undergrowth, marbles, wet tar, sharp stones, on ice
      • Conditions: light, darkness, hot, cold, windy, stormy
      • Physical condition: strong becoming weak, determined then giving up, disappointed then hopeful.
      • Adverbs: happily, sadly, excitedly, lazily, determinedly, nervously

      It is best to alter the energy of the types of walking to maintain interest. If a group are engaging in one well then perhaps you can add more detail to allow a story to build around it.

       

    2. Group movement journeys

    In small groups, ask the class to choose scenarios (or give them scenarios if they are younger) for a journey that requires them to be in silence. Remind them to use other imagined senses including imagined touch, smell, vision, listening etc. This can all be done at the same time using some music, or individually.

    1. Body as Objects

    Walk around the room. When a number is called get into groups of that number. Call out an object and then tell the groups to make this object suing all of their bodies together. Countdown 10-1 and then FREEZE. Repeat as long as the class are absorbed in the task. Explore everyday objects, but also include difficult or even ‘impossible’ objects eg helicopter, Eiffel tower, wind turbine.

    This can be developed from objects that do not move to electrical objects, or objects with switches etc to add some movement.

    1. Estate Agent

    Using the Body as Objects exercise the teacher becomes the estate agent. Ask one other child to be the house buyer. Show them around the house explaining what objects are there and asking the other children in the class to make the objects spontaneously.

    With older children this can be done in groups, and the teacher becomes the buyer. Give the groups time to practise and then share each one with the class.

    1. Pop-Up Stories

    Tell a story with the class in a circle. Explain that when you mention an object, you would like some children to come into the centre of the circle to make that object. When that part of the story is finished they can sit down again. With younger children who might want to be in the picture all the time, you could use a story with full settings- eg gardens with many trees, flowers, creatures or a bedroom with a bed, wardrobes, lights and beautiful silk curtains. This way they can all be in each picture.

  • Images: Will be coming soon

 

Discussion with Krishnan Maharaj from Ramakrishna mission

~Ranjith, Poovizhi

We met Krishnan maharaj from Ramakrishna mission in Chengalpattu. He is in the management of the polytechnic and works in building personality and leadership. We had a discussion about the situation of engineering graduates now a days and what are the causes for it. We also discussed about how to solve them.

Few of us brought up the following causes:

1. Students just mug up to score well in their exam without understanding anything out of it. Since the graduates are not trained in doing more practical and hands on stuffs during the course they are not skilled enough for industrial requirement.

2. Some students are forced to study engineering by their parents, neighbours and relatives to get a status in the surrounding though the student is not interested in it.

3. After completing the course students are forced to go to any kind of job to repay their education loan and debt. This itself becomes a barrier for their higher education and the exploration to other opportunities to learn.

After sharing our point of views and they all were more about technical solution (skill development), he shared his point of view “White hot desire” which motivates constantly to achieve higher goal.

White hot desire has a following three step:

 

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.

MTA (Mathematics Teachers’ Association (INDIA )) Conference at Mumbai

The conference was happening for three days. There were about 100 people from different states. We wrote a paper on how children can  learn mathematics by building project using physical technology eg. building /  construction. Virtual technology such as programming. Children can also learn conceptual ideas by programming a computer.  It helps them to break down their ideas into smaller bites for a computer to follow.  At the conference we met many people who are working on the Maths education. People who were attending the conference were school teachers, college professors and some research people.

They were many  paper presentations happening and debate were happening about mathematics. Most of them talked about the Mathematics at college level. There was a technology session happened using with GeoGebra. Where they introduced how to use this software. They showed how to find the angles and how to draw a parallelogram. They introduced all the tools to us on how to use GeoGebra. To learn more about Technology  session  Click here

Other Posters at the conference:

As I went for Epistemy7 conference. From my conference experience going with Sanjeev to the Epistemy7 I had just followed everything what he had told in Epistemy7. I followed those things in MTA conference. I had a check list and also created a directory structure with everything that I am going to present. There were about 30 poster and we need to present in an hour. Most of the people visited our poster and I was happy that we were able present our poster to everyone.  We also asked people to sign up their Email ID  to send further information. Since I took initiative to present the paper I was well prepared for the presentation. I also met many people who had already came for the  Epistemy7 last year.

 

Technology in Mathematics-MTA-2019

~Saranya

I went for Mathematics Teachers’ Association (MTA) conference @Mumbai. There I was curious to attend the workshop about technology in mathematics. Initially they asked us to install geogebra classic 5. They taught us to use all the options which was available inthe geogebra.  We started with polygon then we kept on working on that.  One thing I learnt new that is trace on and annimation on. We have to plot two points in the geogebra then we have to turn on trace on(to draw in mannual). After that we turned on annimation on(It will automatically take the radius of that two point and then it will draw). This was interestion for to indicate something with the colour.

In our STEM land already children were familer about the geogebra software. They did lot of projects by using geogebra. I was proud to say our children were familer with these things.

Also they taught excel formula’s for sum, random etc…