Big Big. Bang Bang! #ClassroomTales

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Young minds always have brilliant questions.

“Sir, who invented the earth?”

“Why  all the other planets in the solar system are revolving around Sun, sir? Why can’t Sun revolve around us?”

“My mom told me that God created all of us.  Then, who created the God, sir?”

During the beginning of Term III in my first year of teacher life, I was often amazed to see the young inventors of my class room asking such curious questions.  I used to get excited and try explaining the concept of Universe scientifically.  But, whenever I try answering them instantly from my knowledge, the kids came up with the follow up questions, which are are quite tough (honestly! :P).

So one day, I decided to do an exclusive morning meeting* on the birth of Universe – and and introduced the kids to the Big Bang Theory!

[*morning meeting – the first 20 minutes of every day, during when we facilitate activities inculcating values and exposure for the children and energize them for the whole day of learning]

The kids watched a video and listened to the story of how the Universe evolved by continuous expansion and how the scientific matter played an essential role in creating each and everything in the space.  When I actually expected kids will get all their answers to the questions on their mind by knowing the Big Bang theory, it finally ended up creating even more curiosity among them.  I also told them that is one among the many theories proposed about the origin of Universe, and they can explore even more about this.

When I closed out the morning meeting about the origin of universe, one of kid posed a question,

“Sir, so you’re telling that there are many galaxies, stars and planets do exist. How did the humans chose that they want to live only on the planet Earth?

To such an amazing question I replied, We, the humans never chose Earth.  It is the Earth who chose us and who provide us this living habitat. We are all evolved from the mother Earth.  And that’s why, it’s the duty of every individual to protect our Earth.”

After this particular incident, I noticed the kids developed a natural interest towards space science and they started reading more about space through the books available in library. It was so fascinating to see the children extending their knowledge beyond the basics of solar system about which they have a lesson in Grade IV.

The enthusiasm of the kids reflected a lot on our class room culture. We changed our class room call-in-response* to  “Big Big.” : “Bang Bang”.  And we also started following a new seating position called “universe position” and switched from the conventional smart position.

[*call-in-response (or the attention grabber) – something we use in our class room to bring the attention of the kids back to the teacher from an activity]

It was quite fabulous for me as a teacher, to see how the curiosity of the children to know new things in the world drove the class room culture and also helped in the learning of the students.  Whenever we learn a new thing about space science, the kids naturally get excited in my class room!

Through this experience with my kids, I learned an incredible lesson:

Teaching is not complete when we transfer the skills and knowledge; it’s accomplished only when we kindle the curiosity of the students and their thirst to learn more.

Later towards the end of the year in March, we had a drawing competition about scientific innovations. One of the kid, Prathyangara Devi crafted this thoughtful drawing about the importance of invention.

Before invention: Earth at the middle. Sun & all the other planets revolve around.

After invention: Sun at the middle.  Earth & all the other planets revolve around.

 

Are you thinking about heliocentric, geocentric theories & Galileo?

Yes exactly, the kid portrayed the same thing about which she will be elaborated in detail 7 years later in Grade XI Physics. 🙂

To know more about our class room and our initiatives please visit here. Help us to support our children to do more such wonderful things, kindly donate what you can: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/donate4inventors

Welcome 2017 :)

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A ‘new’ year! 🙂

A new 365 days or a new 8760 hours or new 535600 minutes or new 31536000 seconds.

All of us have been blessed something totally ‘new’ today.  An opportunity to start fresh, an opportunity to take chances, an opportunity to open new doors for us and for others.

While it’s impossible to change what happened in the ‘previous’ second or a day or a month or a year, what is yet to happen ‘new’, is under completely on us.

Let us do something ‘new’ every day, to keep our ‘new’ dreams alive in this ‘new’ year.

Wishing all of us a happy ‘new’ year on this fresh morning.  Let’s welcome 2017 to transform our lives!

The Rainy Summer

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Hot rays of sun reflected on the land.
Suffered lives searching beaches to sit on sand.
No attempt to spell any magic with the wand.
Yup, it is Summer. Start the band!

Drops of water arrive all the way.
Rescuing people from the misery bay.
What do the humans really pay?
To enjoy such a rainy day!

Lightning and thunder storms all aloud.
In summers, they’re mostly not allowed.
Power is still on, the EB should be proud!

Climate differs from weather told my English book.
But, weather here differs from what we read in Social book. :/
Knowledge differs from experience, not always hook!
I can suggest many delicious dishes to cook.
It’s raining in summer, go out and look!

The cool breeze brings a lot of joy.
Even the hot sun, won’t ever forget to enjoy!
The rainy retreat; Get some delight.

The last minutes: End of Student life!

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“10 minutes more” shouted my exam hall supervisor.

I looked at my watch in disgust.  12:50 PM.  I still have to write an 8 mark question 😛 The last question in the last theory examination of my last semester as an Engineering student (in other words The Grand Finale! B|).

I looked at the people around me.  Few of them left the hall smiling, submitting their papers.  A lot of them are intensely writing, including me.  I sensed the same exam hall which we’re writing exam today, is the same place where it all began, way back in Sep 2012 for inauguration.

Suddenly, a whole lot of emotions struck me.  Happiness.  Sadness. Sense of accomplishment.  Incompleteness.  Everything! Is this student journey really going to end?

A flash of memories came into my mind as well.  The moment I received my admit order after Engineering Counselling.  The day I first entered into my college.  The tough initial days, classes, canteen, interesting (and boring) lectures, assessment tests, model exams, semester exams, laboratories, records, deadlines, assignments, viva questions, no due forms, results, Anna University server, rejinpaul, placements, on campus, off campus, pool campus.  Yeah, there is a whole big vocabulary for Engineering students.

And more than all this things, what really mattered was the amazing people I met here! Friends (Classmates, Batchmates, Busmates, IEEEmates, includes everyone) with real love (I mean ‘anbu’).  Had a lot of fun and learning over these 4 years.  My Inspiration seniors, who helped to shape my student life to a new level.  Without them, I’m not really I am today.  My wonderful juniors, who are ready to take up far more steps.  My awesome teachers, who taught me this tough Anna University syllabus.  Big thanks to them!

“5  more minutes” the voice brought me to the present. And the 8 mark question is still pending.  I had written only 33 pages so far.  ‘You will not pass unless you write at least 35 pages in the answer sheet’, my Anna University experiences also warned me.

The learning and experiences gained over all this time is so huge.  Things were not so smooth all over, there was challenges, there was hard moments, there was also rare moments when I came college late, lost my ID card and wrote special assignments. I’m pretty happy that my Engineering had all of them.  Each and everything was truly WORTH experiencing!

36. I marked the number of pages on my final answer sheet. I’m not able to touch the 42 page mark even after I wrote 44 semester exams 🙁 😛

Before Engineering, I heard lot of people saying different of opinions about Engineering.  But, after experiencing it is totally different of what you hear and what you experience. There are opportunities, there are possibilities, there are a lot of exposure waiting for Engineering students. If I look back to my first year and final year, I can feel the transformation.   I learned to volunteer, I learned to communicate, I learned to organize events,  I learned team work, I learned to crack interviews, I learned to try new things, I learned to blog (you’re reading one right!) A lottt of learning! Thanks to my college for providing me a great freedom to explore the different possibilities. 🙂

“Time’s up”. My supervisor is so strict to collect answer on sheets on time.  I finally submitted my answer sheet in the half stage of the 8 marks.  You need 3 and half hours to write such a lengthy papers 😛

Leave all these stuffs.  It’s all officially over now!

I closed my eyes with gratitude, and conveyed a simple message to God, “Thanks a ton, for everything”.

Total Quality Management – Presentations

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Shared a few presentations which I have used for my seminars for covering few topics on ‘Total Quality Management’ in Semester 7, CSE (R2008 Anna University). Had a good experience working with impress.js for creating these resources.

Follow the link for the presentations (Online view):

  1. Basic Concepts of Total Quality Management – http://tinyurl.com/TQM-Concepts
  2. ISO 14000 Standards – http://tinyurl.com/ISO14000-ppt

Have a look! Share your feedback for improvement! 🙂

4 easy steps to create a simple web app with Ruby On Rails!

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Ruby on Rails is an open source web development framework useful in creating powerful web applications. We will be using a technique known as ‘scaffolding’ to create simple RoR in 3 easy steps!

Before we begin, do you have Rails server installed?

If yes, you’re cool 🙂 If no, please do it now.

Ruby On Rails Installation  

Follow the simple instructions from: http://installrails.com/

Hope you have installed Ruby on Rails in your Linux / Windows / Mac machine!  If you have any difficulties, feel free to post on the comments.

Let’s kick-start!

 

Step #1: Create a new app directory 

Create a new directory for our rails app with the following command through command line.

$ rails new webapp

The command creates a new directory with the name ‘webapp’ (as per the last part of the command).

Move inside the newly created directory with the following command.

$ cd webapp

And we’re done with the first step!

Start running the Rails server using the following command in the command line:

$ rails s

Keep the server running on one of the Terminal tabs throughout all the steps.

Open your browser, and visit the following URL:

localhost:3000/

Minimize it, and dive into the following steps.

Step #2: Using generate scaffold command

Here comes the important part! Use the following command for scaffolding.  Description coming below 😉

$ rails generate scaffold post name:string college:text

For any web app to run on a Ruby on Rails environment, we require Model, View and Controller (MVC).  The scaffold command is the easiest way of creating all of these at once.

The above command will generate a post model with two fields: name and college.  Remember, you can create any number of fields using the above command.  The data specifications of the fields are described after the field name separated by a ‘:’.

Step #3: Run the migration command

Proceed with running the following in the command line.

$ rake db:migrate

The command will migrate the real-time changes you’ve made into the database.

Step #4: Edit routes.rb file

Once you are done with the migration, let’s go ahead with editing the contents of routes.rb file.  Follow the commands,

cd config
vi routes.rb

Add the following line in the routes.rb file.

root :to => "posts#index"

Save and Exit ( with Esc -> :wq -> Enter ).

This will enable the ‘/’ to route to the index of PostsController.

That’s it! Open the browser again.   Go to the URL:

localhost:3000/

If you’re already there, just refresh.

 

See the magic you have done! Your first RoR app has been successfully created. Cheers! Play with the CRUD operations (Create, Read, Update, Delete) available in the web app.

Well, if you’re not seeing the magic, then you might went wrong with any of the above steps.  Try debugging or start from fresh or let us know with some explanation of what you did or where you went wrong in the comments.  We will try fixing it!

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 

Welcome !

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Greetings !

I always believed that the best way to learn is,

Learn through experiences

Experiences not only gives us memory; but the ability to see things in a new perspective.

I love to express my experiences via this personal blog !

Warm welcome ! Happy reading !