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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.

LNET Conference (Learning Network) in Bangalore

STEM land team went for a conference at Bangalore in a creative school for there days . There were many teacher from different place and from different school. There were many session happening like maths session by Swathi and Sundaram.

The session that I like most was the session that was held by Aruna and Raghavan. The  Geography and activity based learning
In the session they start to introduce about India with 2 and half years old to introduce Geography and history in step by step process. It also improve the vocabulary for the children. They talked about how to give activity and make the children to learn. Visualise the maps and different kind of photos and ask questions about India. Hanging charts of different states with the animals and plants that are growing in that state. Talks with the children about each state one by one and cover each state. Talk about the nuts, vegetables, fruits and also the kind of soils that are present at different place. Talk about the about animals and birds with the children. Talk about about the famous people in the place. Talk about transport, mountain and forest that are present at different place. They talked about how to go step by step and also remind what they learnt before and ask question and assess them. Children can remember what they learnt in the class. Once they started to tell everything about India then we start to spell and start to write about India. They also told that the session should be short like 30 minutes everyday.

   

Life Purpose of Holoenergetic

~saranya

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.

 

Experience in 2 days stewardship workshop,

I have learned few new tools which are very useful for personal and professional life. The following tools that I learned from that workshop are:

  • Integrity (complete or in full potential )

Using this tool, I noticed that I’m not full potential in doing work and practicing to be full potential.

  • Judgement ( from background conversation ) and discernment ( from inner source or stand)

Using this tool, I stopped taking decision / Judging instantly, and start analyzing the situation from my inner source.

  • Powerful speaking (3min)

Using this tool, I learned how to convey information and making a committed request for action

  • Story of solution

Using this tool, I learned what values are should consider before creating new solution/Goal for existing problem:

G – Gives people more power people.

O – Open people’s eyes to truth of happiness.

A – Account for all the cost involved to achieve goal.

L – Lessen the wealth gap

  • Commitment for action.

Using this tool, I started saying ‘no’, when I cannot do what other request me to do and learned how to make counter request.

Stewardship Workshop

~saranya

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.

 

Reflection (2017-2018)

The Year 2017-2018, Progress occurred in various aspects. I am able to notice a vast change in my inner being, and abilities as well.I have realized that happiness is something special that I create within me, and this emanates in all things that I do, and participate small or large. Supporting children in their growth and seeing them accomplish their goals gives a huge sense of awe, and responsibility. As a learner and technologist I have gained the confidence to support my fellow colleagues and learned from the team as a whole, this has made my knowledge rich and diversified. Each member of the team has a unique set of universal values, skills and accountability, and seeing them engaged with commitment gives me an adrenaline drive to progress towards perfection along by their sides. I have shared many moments of inspiration and clarity that remain special to me. There has been a lot of new experiences in courses that were conducted and seeing new people join the team, and fellow ones progress and search towards their new goals, attachment has become something I have realized that needs to be let go, in order togo with the present flow of things being put forward for a higher purpose.

I am privileged to be at the place of most potential were I own the opportunity to learn, grow, work and support others in their learning’s.

Research has given me the curiosity to think beyond what I could have imagined it would be, to get down to details and provide clarity on what is that has made me all this change in me and bring it out to others to experience.

 

Vipassana Experience

~Saranya

Vipassana Technique was so good for me. It is good to practice for me everyday in life. When I went for Vipaasana I found the first three days difficult after that I realized and understood the universal truth of Dhamma. I learned to live in present moment. This made me to feel better and brighter. I noticed my monkey mind is always jumping thinking about my past and future, but not knowing how to live in present. I am practicing Vipassana everyday it helps me be concentrated, present and peaceful.

They have some ground rules, that is we should not talk to anyone, touch anyone, etc and maintain this noble silence for 9 days. These ground rules support the following the three principal ideas in Vipassana technique – Sila, Samadhi and Panya. Poovizhi has already described these and the theory in her blog and you can read this if you want to learn more.

I enjoyed the real peace and harmony. I understood through my own experience the meaning of Dhamma, it means universal flow of nature and of impermanence. Whatever sensation I feel in my body I was able to accept it and not react to it with either craving or aversion. That helped me train the habit pattern of my unconscious mind and come out of my misery. First day to 10th day I followed the rules and regulation and it helped immensely. In the final day I shared my peace and harmony to others with Metta. Whoever is reading my blog please give a trial for 10 days Vipassana course that makes you feel better and brighter and I am sure you will also come out of all your miseries.