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.

Programming4matheducator Day 8

Day 8:

The day started with reflections from the previous day and then Integrity lens was introduced, Poovizhi handled the session.

Then the teachers presented their projects.

The closing for the workshop began with creating my new narrative with drawing our hands and coloring in values which we stood for. Then it was passed on to all the participants and they each wrote what they saw in us. Once everyone got their sheet back it was amazing to read all the values.

Then we broke for lunch and the session came to a closure, but the participants had requested to conduct a session on Arduino with snap.

Then the Arduino was introduced (Digital and analog pins) the task was to make an LED blink for one second. Then to blink 3 LEDs consecutively. Once that was too achieved fading the LED was done. The participants had a sense of accomplishment with wires and bread boards and LEDs. Then Ram stood up and gave a spiel of thanks for the organization team and invited us to Sitiling.

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.

Visit to Vedandhangal

Children of Isaiambalam school have been studying about birds for some days. The 4th grade children were learning about local birds and their habitats. They were also interested in learning about beaks and legs of different birds and why they are different. We gave them access to computers, books and bird cards to learn and research. We also showed them documentary on Humming birds. They were fascinated to see humming birds being so swift in flight. Since they have learnt about flowers in the past children also picked up the fact that humming birds and flowers are interdependent on each other. Children cut out shapes of birds and hung them in strings to make them fly. Some of them were very happy to draw birds and colour them.

We also decided to take the children to Vedanthangal to visit some of the migrating birds.

Triangle inequality rule

We were working with area and construction of triangles with the 6th graders in Isaiambalam school initially children started to construct a triangle with compass on their note books. Then to make things a little interesting children were asked how they would do it in scratch.

They initially started to draw three sides and found out that is was only possible to do, when the user gave three sides and two angles. Then one of then came up with using the arc function. He first drew the base, then two circles with the radius as the other two sides. Now he got the intersection point,  by this time I was confused as of how to get the third point in scratch. The solution was tracing the distance from one circles center to the other circles circumference and when they meet to set a variable to the x and y location and that did it.

Link to scratch code : link to program

More work done by children at Isaiambalam School :

Shapes and angles with 5th grade

 

 

Session with Heidi Watts on Research

Aura Auro team, Kavitha and Nirmala from Isai Ambalam had a session with Heidi_Watts   on research in the i-SMART class room.

We started the session with what we wanted to learn. Then we looked at kinds of research as following

Qualitative research – Describe more to prove

  • Action research – making a change
  • Participatory action research – I am part of it and effecting the outcome and adding myself
  • ethnographic research – culture and forms

Quantitative research – Numbers and phenomenon. Prove again and again and say that it works. More about measuring.

  • Statistics
  • Bell curve – Large number  of people (10% needs a large number)

Mixed methods – Some description and some measurements survey, ask the same question in many different ways.

Methods – to be able to use more than one method in a research

Case study/studies – look for one thing; e.g one classroom, one set of children, one child (who is very reluctant and his progress through the term)

Formal observations – check list

Informal observations – observe every day at a particular time

Field notes – taken at class then and there

Journals – to think about the session and reflect later

Interviews, individual and group – one on one with child or with a group

Video and audio tapes – with video on needs to be careful as it changes the way one acts in from of cameras, with audios on can review at a later time.

Surveys –  Has sample of different sources and structures in comparison e.g rural/urban, young/old, men/women,

Then we had a look at the work done in kindergarten and how it can be considered a research.

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.

 

Scratch course in Thamarai learning Centre

In Thamarai Learning Centre  STEM land team offered a basic scratch course in the evening for 5 days from 5.30 PM  to 7 PM. The facilitator in that centre didn’t know about scratch so they also joined  the course. There were about 15 children and 4 facilitators.

Day 1:
First day we introduced the different blocks and its function in scratch. Children started to explore and were excited in exploring the different options in Scratch. We have asked the children to create 10 question and answers. Then we introduced how to have a conversation between two people. Initially we showed them how to make a conversation with the 10 question. Slowly children started doing it on their own. They learnt to use ‘sensing’ and ‘=’ operators to ask 10 questions. When the wrong answer is typed, the same question should be asked again until the user gives the correct answer.

Day 2&3:
We introduced the pen function and motion function. Using these functions we showed them how to draw with and object and also to move a objects. Once when they were able to finish we had asked them to draw a triangle. They didn’t want to give up and after 15 minutes they figured it out. Then we asked them to draw a square, pentagon,hexagon, heptagon, octagon. Then they were able to draw different types of mandalas using ‘rotate’ block.

Day 4&5:
We had introduced children hoe to build a maze game. We showed how to move a object when a key is pressed. Children worked in pairs with each other to create a maze path in the backdrop image. They were able to use sensing function and also become familiar with motion function.

Everyday we asked children to sit in a circle at end of the session for 10 minutes. We asked them to share one thing that they learnt in the session. All the children share something that they learnt.

Most of the children loved and enjoyed building their own game. This created confidence in children that they can make many things using scratch.

To learn Scratch     Click here

Photography Exhibition – reflection

Children of 5th grade from Isaiambalam school put up a photography exhibition last Saturday(16.11.2018). I went in as a visitor and was curious to know what those little hands could have captured using the big shot cameras.

The photographs were displayed in bamboo frames that the children themselves made and was hanging on the walls of the visitor center. The frames were beautifully made with bamboo sticks and printed cloths stuck to it. The photos were simple added with life and beauty. It had catchy cations under each photographs. They had the courage and creativity to do something different. Children presented their work and talked about their learning and reflections to all the people who were present. Initially I could feel their nervousness and fear talking in English in front of everybody but after a while they were flawless. I hope it inspired all their peers in the school and encouraged them to do something different in the future.