Monday, September 12, 2005

Evaluation - Maths

Megha, Ajay and myself had a meeting on coming up with some evaluation sheets for maths. After all the discussions(!) we decided we would focus our attention on 7 th std ( to begin with). According to the syllabus we prepare question papers on each lesson. Megha s idea of dividing the class into 3/4 groups and then giving them tasksheets would be tried in the next class.

1 saturday later - Task sheets
2 saturday later - quizes

Ajay has already prepared a task sheet on the first lesson "Numbers and numerals - bases" .
Megha made a good soft copy. Next week we shall try that in the class. Before that we need from the teacher, classification of students according to the levels.

Hippocampus 3 rd session - Tails

What went well or as planned?

We had 3 volunteers who knew the local language (Tamil). We divided the class into three groups. We divided the total time into 15 min, 45 min, 30 min for prereading,
Reading and Postreading respectively. Prereading took 15 min. But Reading took more than an hour. Postreading we could spend only 15 min or so.

What new things did you add while conducting the session?
We had one floating volunteer to collect the feedback as to how things were going on etc.
We pushed in some examples of animals, birds, insects, reptiles and flies. We tried to introduce discipline by saying anyone has to raise their hands and then only talk. ( Last class discipline was a major problem)

What didn’t go well? What do you think could be the reason?
Reading took lot of time. Probably we should spend one more session on the same book.

What change would you make in the Reading Session Plan?
Try to maintain 1:6 kind of ratio between volunteer and students for better progress.

Any other suggestion/ thought?
Since we are dealing with 6th std kids, we have to make things little more matured and challenging. ( I feel the standard of the book is sort of for 4th std )

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Evaluation- Interaction with kids- Setting of goals


Skills that need to be acquired

Reading : Alphabets, Words, Sentences
Writing: Alphabets, Words, Sentences, Paragraphs, Essays
Comprehend: Words, Sentences, Paragraphs, Essays
Speaking: Dialogue, Skit


Arithmetic: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
Algebra: Formulating the question, Manipulation
Geometry: Figures- Angles, theorem- proof (Logic)

May be we should develop evaluation sheets on these aspects.
We could shortlist a few and start developing evaluation sheets.

Maths- Ajay, Megha
English- Saurab, Dinesh

Also come up with
1. How to interact with teachers with these results.
2. How to set goals, if required.

HippoCampus reading sessions

After attending two sessions, One observation is

Because of lack of books and lack of individual attention, things are not the way it is intended.

One way of tackling is to increase the number of volunteers to 4.
Split the kids into groups and then see how it goes. May be the next week we should try this out. Before that we should collect a few more volunteers. Be well prepared before we go into the class as such.

Today 's class(Sep 3) experiences

7th standard- English and Maths

The number of kids is 30.
They are uncontrollable. They keep fighting.
Everybody wants a chance to come to the board.
Some kids are very bad. Some are good ( wrt studies). The good kids dominate the class a lot. That puts off the other kids. Also this time is when these kids get to be free & independent. So they enjoy.

Now comes the hard question. Is the classes really useful? Did I really end up teaching the kids.

It has been quite some time since I started interacting with the kids. Otherthan creating an atmosphere for freedom, the impact that I seem to create interms of teaching is minimum.

So if we say the teaching goals - 2hr slot is
1. Remove Shyness- Give caring, individual attention.
2. Motivation
3. Evaluate- Interact with teachers-Set Goals

Then things seem to be fine. The evaluation that I have done mentally, has to be done with more rigour from now on.