Today in the morning, we went to our homeroom and we were told who the CL leaders were. The leaders today are Vithal and Ribhav, and me and Eric are the bloggers. After attendance we went to our first activities in our assigned groups, the activities were: 1: Indian Games 2: Badminton 3: Table Tennis Each team only went to two activities and our team went to badminton first and then table tennis. I wasn't really good at the badminton but I was playing pretty well in table tennis.
Then we went to get our iPads. At the cafeteria, Ms. Lindeman and Ms. Veena told us that we were making cookies for Pi day. ( Pi day is celebrated on the thirteenth of March or 3.14) Ms. Lindeman had found a recipe for eggless cookies and we started making them. Main ingredients: 1) butter 2) brown sugar 3) vanilla extract 4) flour 5) milk 6) chocolate chips The recipe is below:
After baking we went to Ms. Veena's class and we calculated our cookies circumference divided by its diameter. Ours was approximately 3.29. It was close but not exact.
Our presentation in the afternoon was about the book called The Third Curve. My favourite part of the day was explaining our presentation to my mum.
Today we discovered a dead body of a scientist, Mr. Karr. He was murdered. We had 4 suspects before us, and a lot of clues left behind at the crime scene. Our job was to find the murderer by analyzing such clues as hair sample, footprint, handwriting, and a thumbprint. We interrogated the suspects and learned more about their alibis. The culprit was eventually identified and put in jail!
To me today it felt like a detective that was on task and we all got to know what it is to be a detective. One example of why I felt like a detective was when we solved the mystery in school and we got to investigate the thumbprint, footprints, handwriting and hair. We collected evidence by finding out what the murderer left behind. One example of how we collected evidence was when we compared the footprints and the thumbprint of the suspects. We documented the evidence by not moving it from where it was and the direction it was in. Another way to document evidence is to take pictures of the clues left behind. We asked good questions during our interrogation session with the 4 suspects. We asked the suspects to tell us what, why, where, when, who. Their answers could connect with evidence we had with us. In Escape Hunt teamwork and communication made us more successful. One more thing that made us have a good team was coordination. We had to observe, use and connect what we had with us to find the clues to the next door. We also had to read all the clues we had to have and pay attention to details. The time pressure effected us because we kept on going fast and not thinking of how we could get in the right place. It also effected us because we were worried that we won't finish fast and lose the whole game.
Today, we went to Tharangini which is a local art centre. There, artisans are decorating cloth with block print, making jewelry and making embroidery with some beads. Of course, they were all hand-made! We were challenged to decorate a hand bag. There were lots of varieties of block print designs: flowers, owls, stars, phoenix, elephants, bubbles, hearts, etc. For most of the students, it was their first time to block print and everyone seemed to have fun. When we got confused, the staff supported us and it was very helpful. We decorated both sides of the handbag.
Afterwards, we saw the workshop of jewellery making. There were so many jewels displayed and those were so beautiful and it looked very difficult to make them. However, the maker told us that it takes about 2 days for making one piece of jewelry. It is so fast. And then, we saw workshop of embroidery. The makers were embroidered with beads and shiny, curly threads to decorate. This cloth would be used for sally etc. It looked they put in a lot of effort and time into making it.
Although block printing was challenging, today was a delighted and memorable Contextual Learning day. And I say to the Tharangini staff: "Thank you for inviting us to Tharangini!".
The focus of the day today was Teamwork. I worked well in a group because I gave ideas of what we could do to others and giving them ideas to improve what they are doing. One challenge of working in groups for me is to get along with others so that everyone can agree on an idea that looks good for everyone.
Today I learned that working in a group needs everyone of the group to help each other. Also if you don't agree with others, it is going to turn bad for the group because you won't have fixed ideas.
Today in the morning I did yoga. We had to do some poses while breathing in and out. Like the Surya Namaskara which we did at every end of a pause to refill our energy.
In the afternoon, in the sports challenge we had to make a video of a skill in sports that we have. Then we filmed it and made a clip between five and seven minutes. The experience was delighted and by viewing the conclusion everything was good.
The highlights of the day was the CL presentation at the end of the day. The emotions were mostly joy and a bit of stress when we did only two minutes of our film out of five minutes. Today I learnt about myself that I can work in a team and help others to improve, and as a result they improved me at team work also.
by Alban Pierre Gerard Masoni 6TL
Student had 30 min to plan the dish they wanted to cook. Then students went to the grocery store called More. They had 30 min and the budget of 500 rupees to do their shopping. Upon their return to school, students had 1h 15 min to cook their dish and serve it to the other students from grade 6.
Theatre of the Emotions
In this session today, students expanded their vocabulary for describing emotions and used physical theatre and gestures to represent it. According to a group of studies, people who have a rich emotional vocabulary and are more acutely aware of subtle differences in their emotional state are better able to manage and understand their emotions. You can read more about this research here - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/opinion/sunday/are-you-in-despair-thats-good.html
The 6th graders went to Nandi Hills on 23/11/16 and we hiked up and down one of the hills known as Brahamagiri. It was part of our CL (Contextual Learning) trip. Going uphill was so much more tiring, but we were allowed to sit down and have water, so it wasn't so bad. There was so much momentum going downhill, so it was way more dangerous than going uphill. As a result, more people got hurt going downhill. Some people sprained their ankles or cut themselves, but overall we still had a great time.
Once we reached the top we could see a very long ways away. We saw many mountains and farms from the top. We had lunch at the summit, and then we had to go back down. Both uphill and down hill, we picked up trash, only plastic and paper though. After we picked all the trash that we found, we used hand sanitizer.
It was nice to get outside and get some extra exercise. We all had more stamina than we thought. We proved to ourselves that we were stronger than we thought.
Our Day 3 Activity of Contextual Learning was an adventurous one - a trek to the famous Nandi Hills located in the outskirts of Bangalore . We embarked on our journey at around 9:00 a.m to the top of Brahmagiri Hill. All of us were pumped and full of energy to reach the top. We made our way past lots of plants, trees, thorny bushes and rocks. The trek was tiring and strenuous, but despite that we kept moving forward. Occasionally we stopped for a water and rest break but we kept going. There were times that we were really tired and wanted to give up but all of us encouraged each other to keep going. Along the way we saw beautiful rock formations and even a temple near the summit. When I felt ready to give up, I still tried to maintain a positive attitude to give me hope and strength. Thinking that you will be able to do something makes it seem more likely that you will be able to accomplish your task. When we reached the summit we were all exhausted but very proud of ourselves. Our hard work paid off when we saw the breathtaking view from the top. There were lush green valleys and rock formations. The essential question for the day was " What can I learn about myself by going on a hike ? ". I think you can learn about your strengths and weaknesses by going on a hike. You can reflect on what you found easy and difficult and how you felt about going on a hike wether it was exciting and boring. I thoroughly enjoyed this trek and hope to do it again.
The organic farming is really healthy. The food that is organic has no GMO in it, and it kind of prevents the cancer cells from growing. The GMO products have artificial chemicals that non- organic farmers add. The point of today's topic is to see that organic farmers really help the environment, and I personally think that they should get more money than they are given by the government. We will become more self- aware if we visit places like Annadana farme often, even just by ourselves. Today we became self aware of what some farmers add to the food, and what can happen to us if we eat artificial food.
If farmers plant for a long period of time, the soil gets really dry because of weather conditions, and "gets tired." In Annadana farms, Sangata told us that you should have a water collector, that collects the water during the rain season. After you use all of the water, you should take the top level of soil and mix it with normal soil, and some other things (ex. cow dung). That way the soil will produce a big amount of food.
We also learned about swimming safety today. A lot of people every year die because of drowning, and that's why we learned how to prevent that. First of all, people should look where they are swimming, and note if there is an adult, supervisor or lifeguard. Second of all, if you see somebody drowning, you should be sure that you can save them, otherwise you both can drown. And lastly, when you jump in the water to save somebody, come from the back, because that way the person who is drowning will not grab you, and you both won't sink.
Today we learnt how to farm and compost with Ms. Sangata. We also learnt that they have a variety of fruits and vegetables in their organic garden. I think it was a good experience learning about organic farming because it doesn't have any artificial elements and it is totally natural, so you wouldn't have any health problems.
To take care of a garden for a long time you need to be responsible, open minded, principled and knowledgeable because for example, if you don't know when to water it, it will die and you won't have a healthy plant.
I think I need to learn about swimming safety because it is important and if you don't follow the rules for swimming safety then it would be your fault because you were not self aware. I think that if you do not follow rules, it can be very harmful for you.
It was a great experience for me today. I think the activities today related to self awareness because it is about what you choose to eat for example. Because if you choose to eat artificial food, then it is your responsibility to keep yourself healthy, but it is not good for you. If you choose to have natural and organic food, then it is healthy for you.