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Bonfire with Mohanam(bamboo center)

~saranya

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.

ESL session at Learning network

Using ESL and bilingual activities to simplify English language teaching

I attended a session on ESL creative school, Bangalore.

We wrote our names and split it as per the phonetics and wrote our names in our mother tongue and split it using hyphen.

We did the same for our friends name also.

We framed sentences and translated them to our mother tongue.

We went through small booklets with short stories as a team and filled out reading record with title, interesting word and stars and chose the best book of the day.

We shared our best story with other teams.

Then we made our own booklets and came up with our own short stories. We also drew pictures and colored our booklet.

It was fun and interesting when we translated the sentences from our mother tongue to English.

Reflection 2017-2018

This year what was interesting for me was that I realized that learning has different curves. I have learned to be systematic and think of automation when I repeat something often. I worked on many projects last year and it gave me opportunity to be consistent and competent. The courses that was conducted in the I-smart class room was helpful to enhance my skills.

I worked on many EBD projects with Isai Ambalam school children. I have also noticed that the children who were academically weak were doing well at activities. Children were also more engaged in the class rooms and girls and boys were working together.

In Udavi I was supporting all the multi-grade classes. I needed to be always ready to answer any questions children ask. Since the children work on different topics and it is also multi-grade the questions are diverse, this makes me think more than what is needed for a black board teacher. Teaching them science, software and math at the same time makes it more interesting. I was always helped by the tools I learned from Stewardship for new emergence workshop. I have also got an opportunity to do research and access the teaching technique.

WordPress course

Day 1

# What is WordPress

WordPress is an open source, free to use Content Management System. It was initially designed and build to support emerging bloggers to
effectively communicate the message to larger audience by focusing more on the content and reduce the time investment required to code a new page for every single post.

# What is a domain & a server

A web domain is an ip address with human readable name mask that points to your website when a user types it in the web browser.
A domain is just a name available on the web to point to the directory where you keep your website, to build that directory you need a web server.

# Download and install Local server –

– Xampp – https://www.apachefriends.org/download.html
– Wamp – http://www.wampserver.com/en/

# Setting up database and db_user

Once we download and install Xampp/Wampp server, we need to create a new database. To do it easily, we run the xampp/wampp server, then in the web browser we type – localhost/phpmyadmin or localhost:8080/phpmyadmin

In phymyadmin look for the option create database. Give it a unique name and for language, select collection and hit the create database button.

# Installing WordPress

– Go to – https://wordpress.org and download the latest available version of the WordPress.
– Unzip the files into your htdocs folder

# WordPress folder hierarchy

———————–
| htdocs/www | ————- This is your web server’s root directory.
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|
|
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|WordPress/public_html| ————- This is your web site’s home directory.
———————
| \
| \
| \
| \
| \
| —-=> This is where all your need to Extract all data
| from the .zip file we downloaded from wordpress.org

Day 2

Go to your home page

Appearance → Themes

Download themes from online.

Plugins →support theme to avoid spam activate it.

Search for install plugin

setup mail → install and activate sends email

For page builder

search for elementor pro. Download and extract it under

Xampp/ htdocs/wordpress/ wp-content/ plugins

Day 3

Download Oceanwp

Themes-→Addnew → upload themes

Check if you have style.css in your extracted oceanwp

If you have it compress oceanwp to zip file and upload it

If you get an error php.ini

Go to xampp/htdocs/wordpress/wp_config

Add a line Define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’,’256M’);

Above /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging.*/

Stop Apache and start it again

If you get the same error again

Go to xampp/php/php.ini

Find

1) memory_limit set it to 512M

2) max_input_time set it to -1

3) max_execution_time set it to 30

4) upload_max_filesize set it to 512M

Stop Apache and start again

choose file → oceanwp1.15.zip → install now

Activate the theme and bigin installing plugins

Click install on ocean extra

Download and extract wptest.io . It is a demo data for wordpress

Dashboard → tools → import→ wordpress → install now → Run importer → choose file → wptest_master → wptest.XML doc → open upload file and import → select all as admin

select download and import file attachments and submit

Dahboard → appearance → menus

Theme panel select themes and save changes.

To set Logo

Browse online for freepick or freelogo and download

To change font and style

Typography → choose options

Priyan the Tailoring Bird:

The 4th grade were studying a lesson called “A busy Month” a letter written by Gijubhai. In that he would talk about many Indian birds. In the class we discussed about the birds which they have seen. While in the discussion we were discussing about nest and how they are made. Each bird makes its nest differently. So, to do a hands on activity, I asked them to go out of the class like a bird and find any material with which they can build a nest. Everyone were excited and they ran out in search of the materials for their nest. They collected some twigs,hay,leaves. Priyan was able to make a tailoring birds nest out of the leaves,hay and thread he found outside. He was making the nest even in the break time. While he was doing the nest Nithish from 3rd grade came and helped him.

After,Priyan sharing his nest model in the assembly Harish,Aasish and Elanchezhiyan made a nest model of a weaver bird.

The Microscopic Inventor:

As the children were preparing their project for Sir.C.V.Raman contest. Kabilan from 9th grade can to me and asked to me if there were any laser lights he could use. I showed him were the lights were. I asked him “what are you going to do with it?”. He replied “I am going to build a microscope with it”. I was curious about how he is going to build and microscope with it. I thought it is going to be complicated to do it. So , I decided to help him with Bala,Hemasundar(9th grade). He just took the lens which he got from the laser light and placed it on top of the camera on the cellphone and thats all! The microscope is done. To test, first we placed a leaf on the lens and saw the microscopic image on the phone. Next we saw a spider skeleton,flower.. I was inspired on how we can build a microscope using a lens from the laser. We had a lot of fun.

Grit

~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.

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.

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 ).

Introduction to Analog Layout

saranya

There are many things mater in analog passes for success (I.e noise,bandwidth,amplitude and frequency). I learnt few difference between analog layout and digital layout. Compare to digital layout it occupies less space and looks neat. We started doing step by step orthogonality, fourier series, exponential & expansion as sequence, laplace transform. First we did theoretical part that is Rc (Resistor and Capacitor) circuit with the input of sine wave and unit step function. By using exponential and laplace transform we found the output of unit step and sine wave in RC circuit. Now I have started calculating sheet resistance of each component (poly,metal,contact,etc..) that we will use it in magic tool.