When I woke up I was extremely sore, especially on my legs & back! It hurt so bad when I walked, and sitting down, oh boy, that was bad. I started off with some light leg stretches, which thankfully, provided some relief. He greeted us with a smooth, “Your legs are paining, right?” Our steps were a series of punching and leg movements. Then we found out that it was the instructor’s birthday and we sang for him. Then we split up into our groups and he asked up to perform again. I think that yesterday was just a brief evaluation of us and today was the actual evaluation! He split us up even further, into 3 groups, and then he selected groups from those for extra steps. We continued to practice our steps and refine them as we went on. It’s a really nice feeling to feel yourself get stronger despite the pain by being able to adapt to the it. I could feel my legs becoming stronger as I practiced the sequence and i was able to hold the squats for longer and in the correct way. I was essentially practicing my steps from yesterday because he only told my group our steps at the end of the day. Overall, it was fun and I enjoyed it a lot and it’s a such a nice experience!
On day 11, I did Yakshagana and Yoga for CL. Yakshagana is the traditional theater with music, dancing, makeup, and acting. There were two people who thought us the Yakshagana. We first practiced the pronunciation and the way we say the lines in this drama and dancing. Ms showed the step of the dancing and I saw people struggling with it. After we got the step in dancing, Sir gave us the example of how to speak and talk in drama and he kind of shouted out the word. It was so loud and the voice was kind of shaking and it was really strange. We tried to say like that and some people like Vithal did good I guess. Based on it, people got the role of the story that we performing and the paper to remember the line. If I summarize the story, the villain’s father got killed and he decided to revenge. Sir gave an example again to how to act and it was so funny!
Few parts didn’t make sense for me but it was interesting........ Then we practiced some dancing. It was moving and making the circle using only knees, some steps and we spun. And that was the end of Yakshagana yesterday.
We had a break and I did the Yoga. We did kind of same thing what we did on CL day one. It was relaxing and comfortable.
The most enjoyable part of today was watching people acting out something. Some people acted good so it was enjoyable.
The least enjoyable part was when we danced. All of the activity was fun but LEAST enjoyable part was dancing because it was tiring.
The most important thing I leaned was that we can show and express our feeling on the movement, and the voice.
I could have spent more time on drama to remember my line fully.
I will grade myself as the 2 out of 5in Yakshagana because I should have more participate and listened at things that teachers explain.
Most enjoyable part was doing Yoga (of course)
Least enjoyable part was when we are bringing the yoga mat
I could have spent more time on doing yoga because it was good for me.
I will grade myself as the 4 out of 5. Because I think I participate on it and listened at the instruction or what to do.
For CL day 10, my group and I were making a fish tank for the library. Mr. Scott helped us with this because he knows a lot about fish and fish tanks. Yesterday we collected rocks and cleaned them of the dirt and mud that was on them. We started off the day by meeting in the Band room and talking about what to do.
We first talked about our to-do list and not making disasters. Disasters meaning like what happened yesterday because someone cracked the aquarium because they left it on its side and the pressure cracked the bottom. Because of this Mr. Scott had to buy a new one. I was gloomy and sad at the first part of the day because the Cavaliers lost against the Warriors and I was really sad because of this.
We talked about how much water we had to put in the tank and here comes the best part that cheered me up, Mr. Scott told us we had to put enough water so it fills up half of the tank and then he said “do you guys know why? Then Akanksh who is sitting beside me, told me “so the fish won’t drown” as a joke. Then Aman thought that he was serious and raised his hand and told Mr. Scott and everyone what Akanksh said thinking that was the right answer and everyone bursts out laughing.
After this happened, we talked about the paint job and how Ms. Madalasa and Mr. Scott will guide us through out the day. Then we moved the items from the band room to the library because of the fish tank, when it’s finished will be located in the library.
When I entered the library I was stopped by Aashish because he needed help to find the pocket knife, so I went back to the band room. When I came back Mr. Scott was explaining about how much paint we had to put on the back of the aquarium. He told us that we have to put thin layers of paint and then we can add more layers. We all had a chance to put the paint in and I covered most of the back when it was my turn. Then Mr. Scott assigned us to trios (my group has four people) to research about the fish we were going to put in the tank. They were African Cichlids.
Our group had one iPad so we assigned roles, one person was researching, one person was reading a book about fish and the other two were taking notes. I couldn’t find a book about fishes so I found a book about babies. It wasn’t related to the topic, but I wanted to read it anyway.
I was still listening to the researcher who was reading his findings out loud. After this, it was break and I was hungry so I ate. When I came back, I took a break because I really needed it.
Ms. Madalasa told me to bring rocks that were in a bucket and she told me to bring an extra person because it was heavy. I brought Rohan with me. I went to the band room and carried a bucket filled with pebbles and it was really heavy. Rohan and I switched the bucket so we had a chance to rest.
When we entered the atrium, Ms. Tamara spotted us and she asked “How many times have you carried this back and forth?” I replied saying “once”. This was the wrong answer as when we saw Mr. Scott dumping out the paint, he told us that it was the wring bucket and we had to bring the rocks that we had left out yesterday. So we went back, kept the bucket of pebbles and then filled a new bucket that was drying outside and came back to the library. This was super tiring and I really needed a break. But I couldn’t take one because next, we had to fill the tank with water.
This wasn’t tiring as the water buckets weren’t that heavy. After this we could finally out the fish in. I used the net and took out two fishes by accident. After this I could finally take a break! Then we had to journal.
This CL activity lasted 2 days. We used preservatives for this activity. On the first day, we made hot and sour mango pickle. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for the first hour so I don’t know what happened or how it happened. When I entered the room, there were plates filled with tiny pieces of raw mangoes and there was also one container filled with mango pickle. Once all the raw mango pieces were covered with the sour and hot sauce, we weighed them. We saw the cost of all the items and decided to make a profit of 30%, which was 50 grams for ₹30. It was a fun experience as we rarely do similar activities. It also helped me get to know more students better as we worked in groups. After all the cooking and cutting was done, we cleaned everything and left.
The next day, we made Papaya pickle. We were divided into 5 groups and all of them had to do the work given to them which was peeling the papaya’s skin and removing the seeds in it using a spoon. After that, it had to be grated into thin and tiny pieces. We also had to cut up a few garlics, carrots, onions and gingers. They had to be cut up into very tiny pieces. All the ingredients except the garlic and the ginger were put in a big bowl and mixed together. The other two ingredients were mixed together in a separate bowl. Next, we prepared the sauce for the papaya pickle. The sauce contained one and a half cups of sugar, two cups of vinegar, one teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper. We let the mixture rest for a bit. In the meanwhile, we put the papaya pickle in a few containers. After that, we poured the syrup in the containers. We then decided on the selling price which was ₹100 per jar. The intoxicating smell coming from it was really strong and taste was acidic and delicious.
I really enjoyed the cutting and grading part because it is really rare that a teacher gives a kid a knife and I wanted to enjoy it to the fullest. I also really enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together and getting the final result.
There was nothing that I didn’t like about this activity as it kept me occupied throughout the whole activity and i really love doing work and being busy.
The teachers did their best to make the activity safe for us. They also tried their best to make it entertaining for us. Hence, I don’t think that they could have changed it in anyway to make it better.
I learnt that we should be careful when handling sharp weapons as it could harm you or others around you.
I think that I spent my time perfectly as we finished on time and didn’t have any problems relevant to time.
I think that I did my best during the cutting and grating part because I grated all the carrots, along with 3/5 of the papaya. If anyone grated before, then they would have known that grating isn’t that easy.
Altogether, it was a challenging and enjoyable activity and I really liked it.
So yesterday we went to Workbench projects and we all thought it was really fun. When we got there, we sat where we wanted. After we settled in we were made into 3 groups of six, with an exception of one which had 5 students, we were then introduced to the leader of the maker space, his name is Richard. We were then told what we were going to do, it was a harmonogram, it’s basically a designer machine that graphs equations on harmonograph paper, that was the BORING part of the day. I Don’t really like knowing what the thing does, I mean I just want the teachers to tell what we’re doing and not tell what it does,The three groups had to choose what part of the gram we had to do, there were three categories: Laser cutting, carpentry and metallics. In laser cutting we made the base with acrylic plastic with laser tech, in carpentry, we make the physical structure of the harmonogram with wood, and the metallics have to make sure that all metal pieces and screws are in place with the process of welding and drilling. I was put into the metallics group and it was very fun, it was cool to decide what metal goes where and deciding what screws go where, that was easily the BEST part of the day. The one thing I learned was That Fanta is disgusting! When I drink it I felt like I was going to vomit, the whole day, I felt sick because of it, we had a time constrain and had to leave, I just wish we spent more time in the workshop than in the room where we were in the intro room. I think I did my best work on the drilling because it was super easy. We got our memory and the stuff we made in the workshop and are going to make in school. Overall, I’m sure that everyone enjoyed it even though we couldn’t get it done.
Today, the group I was in did sewing. We could make either pillowcase, apron, or a dress. I decided to make a pillowcase.
First, we designed the product we wanted to make on a sheet of paper. The people who wanted to make a apron or a dress had to cut the newspaper into the actual size of it. Then, by the help of the newspaper, they cut out the fabric, following the outline of the newspaper. People who wanted to make pillowcase had to measure and cut the fabric without the newspaper.
On the second day, there were sewing machines on the table, and we used them to sew our products. Some of us used the sewing machine before, but most of us did not so we learnt how to use them by the teachers. We had to be careful not to put our fingers near the needle because it might sew our fingers as well.
While we were using the sewing machine, the thread got mixed up inside the machine so we had to wait. However, we fixed the problem and started doing our work again.
It was my first time using the sewing machine, and it was fun. I think most of us enjoyed the project. I would like to do it again.
On CL day 9 there were three groups for morning and afternoon. In the morning, all three groups went for a field trip and in the afternoon all three groups stayed on campus. The three groups for morning were Tharangini, Workbench projects and Alliance Francaise. I was in Tharangini for the morning. The three groups for afternoon were Cooking, Sewing or Fish tank. We started off the morning by talking random stuff. At 8:30, Tharangini group and Workbench group went to the atrium. Both groups got together and went to the buses. Tharangini group went in bus number 18 and Workbench group went in bus number 5. In the bus, I gamed.
When we reached Tharangini, we got off the bus and walked on a cross road to Tharangini. There, a lady told us about Tharangini and she told us how block printing started. She also told us to plan the design we want to do before we block print. After a few seconds, we all took out our old shirts or aprons, wore them on top of our uniform and went into a circular room with two tables opposite each other. There, a man showed us a demo of how to block print and we chose the pairs that we wanted to work with. I asked Ms. Lakshmi if I wanted to work alone and she said yes. A few minutes later, I started my design without planning it. I did random designs such as flowers, leaves, fishes, butterflies, hearts etc. I used different colours for everything.
After I finished my first design, I wanted to do one more so I went into the main studio and a man gave me an empty cloth and I started my design. I wanted to make my design neater and I did it again without planning it and in the end it came out good and I felt my second design was better than the first design because my second design looked neater and was not scattered around.
After I finished my second design, I went back to the circular room and I saw my first design was not on the table anymore so I asked the man where it is and Rohan said it must be hung somewhere outside. I went outside and for a moment I could not find it and a few seconds later I found it. After I saw my design hung, I went to wash my hands and after I came back out of the bathroom, I saw my second design hung and when I looked at it, I felt happy about both designs. I touched my first design to see whether it was dried but it was not. A bit of red paint was in my hands so I went to the bathroom again but there was a queue. Since Rishi Urs and Sanaa were taking so long to wash their hands, I decided to peel the paint from my hands and it worked.
A few minutes later, I went back to my chair to keep my old shirt back in my bag and I walked back to the bus, got in and sat in my seat. In the bus, we all ate lunch and gamed.
CL day 8: Nandi hills hike:
Focus of the day: positive attitude, never give up.
Today we took the bus to Nandi hills mountain. When we arrived we like 5 minutes to go to a rock. On the rock the guide talked about we will do and he talked about himself and his group. Then we started to walk up hill. When we got on the top everyone ate their lunch and everyone was a bit tired. When we finished with our lunches we took a group picture. After that we get down hill to the bus. To get down hill it was easier than to get up hill. Also we had to pick trash on the mountain to recycle after.
About my self: I enjoyed hiking even if it was my second time. And I felt happy. On this trip I learn picking up trash was a litle bit dirty but it is making the environment cleaner and cleaner.
We started our day in homeroom. We had to drive for half an hour to Hebbal Park and we expected the weather to be really hot and it surely was. As soon as we entered the Hebbal Park we met Mr. Avishek. He was also there when we went to Lalbagh Park on Monday (28/05/2018). We were then divided into 3 groups. The groups were called Buzz, Mango and Rainbow. I was in the Rainbow group. The groups had 3 competitions.
In the first challenge, the 3 groups had to take pictures that people don’t usually see in a Park. The images had to be unique, something out of the ordinary, We had almost half and hour to do this job as a group. Each group also had a leader for each task. After each group took some pictures, it was time for Mr. Avishek to judge them. He paid a lot of concentration and took his time, then the result was there, and team Buzz won the challenge.
Our second challenge was to take pictures that had frame in frame and field of depth. Frame in frame pictures are pictures that have a subject framed by environmental framing, structural framing or framing with light or lack of light framing. Framing a pictures gives it a more aesthetic look. Depth of field is when you take pictures that is measured as the distance from the nearest object plane in focus to the farthest object plane that is simultaneously in focus or when you focus on a single object and blur rest of the things out. As usual we took some pictures and then it was time for the decision. This time it was a tie between The Rainbow and the Mango group.
Our last challenge was to create a story based on a specific topic. The Rainbow group decided to make a story based on water but then we had to change our topic because the Mango group was doing it. The Rainbow group then decided to make a story based on the topic The Habit of the Hebbal Park. The Buzz group made a story based on the trees and flowers in the Park. Each group had to take pictures based that related to that topic and then they had to explain how it is related to the topic. The Rainbow group took Panoramas that captured the trees, the lake, flowers and insects. The group also used pictures they took before of just the trees, flowers, insects and swans. Each group then presented their pictures and explained them. We were being judged by Ms. Colleen, Ms. Lakshmi, Ms. Jen and Ms. Cindy. We were supposed to know the results but then Ms. Colleen said that she is going to tell us our results later. We then thanked Mr. Avishek and climbed the bus. Ms. Colleen announced the results in the bus. The winning group was the Mango group, followed by a tie between the Rainbow and Buzz group.
Overall, there were many techniques that I learned in this field trip, and it was really fun. I definitely recommend visiting this park for a leisurely stroll, taking pictures or just to observe the natural beauty of Hebbal Park.
On CL Day 7 we had three groups. Graffiti, Photography and Comics. I was in the Comics group and in my group there were the same people who came to Churches and Markets for the field trip. We started off the day by catching up on work we did not do.
At 9:00, I left to room 1120 where the comics were taking place. I could see some of the people in my comics group had already reached. I saw a man who had a hairstyle like a woman and he was busy drawing stuff and his name was Mr. Dinesh. A few seconds later, we all stood around him and he drew some of our faces. After that, we all sat down and listened to Mr. Dinesh. Ms. Manjula, the other teacher was giving each of us paper and Mr. Dinesh said to draw the basic shapes on the paper and make characters out of them. He told us to hold the pencil far away from the tip and lift up our palms and draw. I tried that and my paper was messed up and did not expect it to be like this. I kept on drawing characters on top of the shapes and whenever I did that, my paper got even more messed up. I then decided to use the back of the paper but I did not. I got a new paper and started fresh again. When I finished, my paper was looking neater.
Mr. Dinesh came around to look at everyone’s paper and when he came to me he asked me whether I found some characters on the internet. I said no and Mr. Dinesh told me to name some characters. I said Darth Vader and he said good and he also said to look for a clip art on Darth Vader. I started searching for a clip art on Darth Vader and when I showed him, he said awesome and he said to do it. I started doing it slowly because I wanted to make it sane like the clip art on the internet. When I finished, I went to show Mr. Dinesh and he said it was awesome. He also said to darken it. When I was done, I showed Mr. Dinesh again and he again said it was awesome and he also said to darken the outline. I listened to him and started to darken it. After this, I wanted to do one more clip art. I decided to do it on Tony Stark and I told Mr. Dinesh I wanted to do it and he said to do it. This time. Mr. Dinesh helped me draw it and I did the outlining. When I showed him the outlining, he said awesome.
After this I heard Mr. Dinesh talking to the other boys about planning a story. Immediately after I heard that, I went to Mr. Dinesh and told him I don’t know what story to do. He told me to start thinking so I put my thinking cap on immediately and started thinking. I wanted to do a story where the location was in a market. A few minutes later, I told Mr. Dinesh the plan of my story and he said he will come to me later and after about 6 minutes I went back to Mr. Dinesh and I told him to come to my table and he did. My story was about me walking in the market and there were bikes surrounding me and not letting me go and I escape somehow. I thought of the title and it was, ‘THE ARGUMENT AT THE MARKETPLACE.’ Mr. Dinesh wrote the title, drew the comics, drew the people and objects and wrote the dialogues while I was giving some ideas about the dialogues and I came up with the moral of the story which was, ‘Be Smart. Be Safe.’ After he did everything, I started outlining. First I outlined the title and as I was outlining it, the lunch bell rang so I ran outside and headed for lunch.
After lunch, I continued to outline the rest of the things and apply the finishing touches. After I did that, I showed it to Mr. Dinesh and he said it was awesome. After this Mr. Scott and Ms. Muthu came to see out comic strips. After the teachers saw it, I was doing random stuff and Igor saw mine and he said we needed to write what we learnt from the trip. I said no and we had a small argument and I asked Mr. Dinesh whether we needed to write what we learnt from the trip and he said yes and 1 second later he told me if he could draw me doing a thumbs up. I accepted the idea and he drew it and I did the outlining again. A few minutes later, Ms. Muthu came to see my comic again and she walked away about 2 seconds later. At 2:00 the bell rang and it was time for break.
After the break we all went to homerooms and started journaling or blogging.