Students Taking Up Responsibility is STEM Land

We had a created a system in STEM land(Udavi school). We started to put up logical puzzles which can be solved logically and as well mathematically. At first we did not have a board to pin the puzzle papers. So, we used to stick it on the wall. Then, we bought a pin board. It was before lunch when I planned to put up the board. Rathinavelu(from 9th grade) and Dievakaran (from 7th grade) can up to me and said that they want to put up the board. I left the work to them. They measured where the holes needed to be put and marked it. Then, they drilled holes on the mark. They took turns in hitting the wood piece and screws inside the holes that were drilled. After all the hard work they fixed the board on the wall.


Rathinavelu Hammering the nail


Dievakaran taking his turn to hammer the nail









Fixing the board on the wall together


  • To mention, they did all this in their lunch break. That day, they went to lunch late.
  • This showed me that children here want to take responsibility for this place.
  • They learned how to drill and how to share work their equally.

Learning Circle using Geo Gebra

Shalini, student from 7th grade learned about circle in her textbook. She was learning the topics on chord, diameter, circumference and ratio between circumference and diameter.

  • She used Geo Board(Montessori material) to learn these topics

Geo Board

  • The Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and find perimeter, area and more.


Shalini learning about circle using the Geo Board

Outcomes / What she knows now and is able to do 

  • Chord is a line segment drawn at any two points in a circle.
  • Diameter is a chord that passes through the center of the circle.
  • Circumference is the perimeter of the circle.
  • She is able to find the ratio(which is 3.14(pi)) if she either knows the circumference of the circle or the diameter.
  • She is now able to use the geo board and demonstrate the above topics to her friends.



Two HTTP Request Methods: GET and POST

GET – Requests data from a specified resource
POST – Submits data to be processed to a specified resource
In computing, POST is a request method supported by the HTTP protocol used by the World Wide Web. By design, the POST request method requests that a web server accept the data enclosed in the body of the request message, most likely for storing it. It is often used when uploading a file or when submitting a completed web form.

Note that the query string (name/value pairs) is sent in the HTTP message body of a POST request:
POST /test/demo_form.php HTTP/1.1
POST requests are never cached
POST requests do not remain in the browser history
POST requests cannot be bookmarked
POST requests have no restrictions on data length

My first class with IsaiAmbalam 2017-2018

New academic year.. New students… So, something should be new in the way I start my class too. The first thing which came to my mind was the PIPER animation video. I thought, it would be nice to begin with that video. But later I realized that the video will be more effective when I combine it with stewardship tools. Yes, I did start with stewardship tools (student version) – Stand and Fear.


This year we are planning to focus on EBDs (Education By Design). The students will face many challenges in the form of EBDs. When a person asked to do something which is totally different from what they have been doing in all their life, may tends to put them in their fear of ‘Not being good enough’, ‘Making mistakes’, ‘Ridicule’ and  ‘Judgement’ ( These all are the things I got out from children when I did fear exercise). So I thought it’s better to introduce these tools before I start my journey with the children.


I closed the session with PIPER animation video. Siva ( Teacher at IsaiAmbalam) supported me to carry out this by his active engagement.

jQuery Syntax

The jQuery syntax is tailor-made for selecting HTML elements and performing some action on the element(s).
Basic syntax is: $(selector).action()
1) A $ sign to define/access jQuery
2) A (selector) to “query (or find)” HTML elements
3) A jQuery action() to be performed on the element(s)

$(this).hide() – hides the current element.
$(“p”).hide() – hides all <p> elements.
$(“.test”).hide() – hides all elements with class=”test”.
$(“#test”).hide() – hides the element with id=”test”.

$ is just a shortcut for jQuery. The idea is that everything is done with the one global symbol (since the global namespaces is ridiculously crowded), jQuery, but you can use $ (because it’s shorter) if you like.

// These are the same barring your using noConflict (more below)
var divs = $(“div”); // Find all divs
var divs = jQuery(“div”); // Also find all divs, because
console.log($ === jQuery); // “true”

Javascript # and . Symbols – CSS selectors

Code 1:
$(‘#row DIV’).mouseover(function(){
$(‘#row DIV’).addClass(‘testing’);
Code 2:
$(‘.row div’).mouseover(function(){

The hash (#) specifies to select elements by their ID’s
The dot (.) specifies to select elements by their classname
$(‘.row’) will select any element with class=”row”
$(‘#row’) will select the element with id=row

Fraction stories with the 5th graders

The fifth graders of Udavi School started fractions, they used the material and created their own procedure. They picked cards(with proper fractions written on them) and found the required pieces and drew it on their note and exchanged stories amongst their groups. Then they played a game within in the group to assemble the appropriate fraction in the least time.

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