Lesson Plan

We all learnt how to make a lesson plan from Naveen. He gave a presentation on how to make a lesson plan. Lesson plan is making a plan of a lesson/chapter before teaching to the students. It is pre-preparation of the teacher to achieve what he/she wants the children to learn. By using the lesson plan format I got a clear idea. As teachers it is important to have clarity on what how am I going to take the class. Infact the lesson plan helped me to do it. In the month of March we learnt the steps of perfection, I see this lesson plan as its first step-clarity of what we are doing.

The lesson plan has teaching points, learning objectives, previous knowledge, etc., which helped me easier to divide the lesson into smaller pieces. While creating a lesson plan I learnt many new things like the senses of animals and birds.

Preparation workshop with Isaiambalam teachers

A stewardship workshop was arranged in the morning hours with all the teachers and volunteers at Isaiabalam School. The focus was on to find what one wants to accomplish on the up coming year and determine ones roles and accountabilities.

It was organized over three days, the table pc’s were members of STEMland. The workshop was delivered by Arun and me. This was my first experience delivering to teachers other than the interns and team members of STEMland. While delivering the tools, I was able to notice the reflections and connect with what the participants insights even though this was the hardest I had missed out on some and got assistance from Arun.

This workshop also gave me the opportunity to learn on what really happens in the organization as a whole. What were my assumptions and what was expected. I have found gaps which need to be filled for by myself.

ISMART Class in Udavi

– Pratap

We set up a new smart board for our iSMART class room. Children came from STEM land to the ISMART room and they saw the smart board. Children were so excited to see the smart board class room. They were sharing how they solved the questions in their Maths annual examination. When Sanjeev was writing on the smart board with his finger children were very excited and they all tried using the smart board.

They discussed every question and gave turn for each children to explain when they know answer for the question. 9th graders were able to use the smart board. We are looking forward for various opportunities to use the smart board for its fullest  potential. I was really impressed when children were using the smart board. I didn’t  get such opportunities when I was studying in school.

       

We still need a lot of explorations before figuring out how to use it effectively. But, look forward to the new schooling year to put it to full use.

Iffat in Isai Ambalam

– Logeshwari

Iffat from Bangladesh came along with her friend to Isai Ambalam School. She completed her Vipassana meditation in Chennai and came to Auroville. She is a writer and involved in arts. Initially she visited Udavi School and then came to Isai Ambalam. Pratap and I were showing and explaining the EBD (Education By Design) that children made. We showed all the EBDs like pond, clay room, tree house, clay oven, India map, vegetable garden and Kitchen waste water treatment. Tree house was explained by the Josh who made this initiative possible in school. Both of them climbed the tree house and enjoyed it.

Students had their examinations at that time. The sixth and seventh graders built a small India map, which was an assessment for them. Two hours was allocated for them to complete it and they completed with five minutes to spare. Then they project was assessed by Ragu. Then later Iffat and her friend interacted with children.

Babaji Vidhyashram School visit to Isai Ambalam and Udavi

—Pratap, Poovizhi

A group of 44 teacher came to visit Isai Ambalam. Sanjeev, Logeshwari, Saranya and Pratap welcomed them. Sanjeev started introducing about the school and what we deeply care about the children.

Then we each explained Some of the EBD that children made. Saranya took them to the pond and explained the history of the pond.Pond

Then I took them to the clay room and explained about the clay room Clay Room. During this time the children were not their at the school. They went to visit Matrimandir and they came back while I was explaining about the clay room. The moment children came inside the school I felt that they got blessing from the Mother since they visited Matrimandir.

Then children took initiative to explain about their EBD projects. They started with the tree house. They explained in English and it really touched me to see how much the children had progressed in the last year to be confident in front of 40 teachers to talk so confidently . They explained the entire process that took to build the tree house. Tree house

Then they took the teachers  to the clay oven that they built during sleepover Clay oven. They also explained about the India map EBD. Yuvasri and Kaviya from 6th standard explained about the India map India Map.

  

Then they took them to the garden EBD and Sabari and Suresh from 7th standard explained about the garden Garden EBD.

Then Logeshwari explained about the Kitchen waste water EBD. She answered the questions  when the teacher asked to her Kitchen waste water.

Finally all the teacher visited the class room and interacted with the teachers and students.

The UKG students told the months when the teacher were asking to them. The 6th and 7th took them to their class and showed the 5S circle that they do in their class room. They also showed the Mindstorm robot that they built in STEM land.

  

They also showed that they submitted projects for Raman Award and got a participant certification. Then they sang a song for teacher.

  

Ayush from 7th standard presented the project in Scratch.

   

Then Saranya took the teacher to the STEM land and explained what we do in STEM land. She explained the ground rules and the check in check out system that we follow in STEM land.

In Udavi

They came to Udavi after their lunch. We gave a presentation on STEM land in the i-SMART class room. They also attended the stewardship session held by Sanjeev. During the session teachers were able to find what they stand for and also were able to find their fear.

Every teacher was able to process what they really care about and found what they stand for. The teachers were happy and also took the stand and fear chart to put it on their notice board in their school.

Open House at the 6th grade

The Udavi school children had their Open house before the summer break. They put together what they found interesting that they had built in the term.

The view consisted of electronic circuits that they had built.

The children built a table top lamp and connected a switch with a 9V battery in series. Decorated the exterior with foam and color .

 

 

 

 

 

Leds that connect states and their important capitals, that turn on when the connection is given with the use of a wire.

 

 

Buzzer that was connected to a battery with the use of switch.

 

 

 

 

An infinity cube that was constructed using 8th smaller cubes and taped together.

Link:

http://www.auraauro.com/school/building-an-infinity-cube-with-the-6th-graders/

 

 

Children Kingdom

~saranya

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 .

Constellation

-Ranjith, sanjeev, saranya, and Logeshwari

In this week sleep over, children wants to see a moon in telescope. we setup the telescope, but we did not see the moon in our telescope. Then two persons came from Puducherry science center & Planetarium and they tried on telescope. They found out there is some parallax error in telescope and all of us get disappointed. One person from planetarium show us group of seven stars { ( hindu astrology: saptarishi mandalam ) , ( astronomy: Big dipper ) } and told us name of stars in that constellation and way to find the north pole using pointer star on Big dipper constellation. After that we all went to terrace to see more constellation and he show us Leo Zodiac constellation, and children ask him to show Libra and Cancer zodiac constellation, but we can’t see that. Then children ask him why there is not star. He explained that, there is stars but we can’t see due to light pollution ( bright moon light ). After that he show us presentation which consist of information about constellations, Galaxy, and life cycle and star ( change in color over it life time ).

Children building a tree house in their school

– Pratap

The children at Isai Ambalam have been wanting to build a tree house for some time. Josh a volunteer who volunteered at STEM land in the past spent some time at Isai Ambalam and had some experience with building tree houses. He decided to put in an effort and work with the children to get this done.

          

 

With the help of the children and some very nice tools Josh brought with him the children were able to help him use the bamboo on campus for the main sections of the tree house. Josh was very impressed at how comfortable and efficient the children at the school are at using tools. In addition, we needed other materials like Pakku Maram and coconut ropes which we bought from the local shops.

One of the earliest activities that the children got involved with was tying up the coconut ropes into quickly usable bundles. This was Josh way of testing if the children could tie things tightly.

Josh also called the tree house community to help with the core aspects of the tree house so it is robust. The children were also asked to imagine how they would like the tree house to be once the tree was selected close to the play area.

    

Josh came in on a holiday and worked on seasoning some of the bamboo, by burning it and then applying a combination of cashew oil and diesel which keeps termites away. They performed a small pooja at the tree thanking trees for giving us oxygen and supporting life and supporting our Number 54 (the house with a bamboo door) tree house. Josh had also taught the children a song about trees in English and the children sang this song as well.

 

One of the designs was selected in which the ladder went through the floor in one corner and the machaan would be built there. Within the day there was a framework with bamboo supported in one place by a work tree. Tying the rope for the main structure was hard and only the elder children were able to do this initially. Josh then showed the children how to work with the Pakku Maram. They did this over the next couple of days the children measure cut and created a complete platform and a short keep out wall that makes it feel like you are in a boat in the air.

Another major task was making the ladder and the children were involved with this and in making a small structure at a lower height for the younger children to have something to climb on. Of course, it is impossible to keep anyone off the tree house and everyone wants to be on top of it. Initial work on bamboo, cutting to size, Pakku Maram measuring and cutting. Narrow opening to get in and the boat in the air.

Presentation at Auro Sangamam

Presentation at Auro Sangamam was an opportunity for me talk about STEM land – Isai Ambalam school and the work we do here. I spoke about EBDs, sleep overs and various activities we do here. I also spoke about my life experiences and the way I studied in school/college. I learned that particular things cater to particular people and I cannot say everything that I said at Sinthanai Sangamam. I realized that this a different set of audience and the speech had to be modified. Like at Sinthanai Sangamam, I conveyed everything what I wanted to say and I thought the audience were able to get something out of it.

We also had stall set up for STEM land that was open through out the day. We had seven segment displays, games and puzzles at the stall. It was one of the busiest stalls and people who came enjoyed it. We also met new people and gave away some brochures.

Pictures coming soon!