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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Kalpana's wacky classroom

It was a bright day and I decided to have my wacky lesson. I had just thought about it and when I said about that to my Co-teacher Ms. Mandanna, she was more excited than me. We entered the class and the students were given the surprise. They had to imitate us and teach like us!
Students were more than excited when they heard the news. They decided to work in pairs. A mere 5 minutes was utilised for deciding on the topic(of course math) and the way they were going to present it. Each pair was told that they would be given just 5 minutes for teaching (mock teaching!)
Hari and Rahul went up to the board and taughtus simple equations and solving. When Hari spoke about the mechanics of constants and terms moving acrossthe equal sign, Rahul had to say “ Does everybody understand what Mr. Hari is trying to say?” followed by a whisper with Hari. Varsha a new student came near me and said” Miss, You don’t block the board like this!” I liked the way Hari stressed his “4x is the same as 4 times x!” (Poor us!)
Prithvi and Shehan followed them with their Pictographs. The whole class broke into laughter when Prithvi started rolling the chalk piece constantly. Well I keep rolling the chalk piece in my palm! After a brief introduction about pictographs, they did a survey of the class about the number of veg and non veg eaters and created a table. The veg eaters were 6 and 6 carrots were drawn. Non veg eaters were 19. When Shehan started to draw Chicken legs, Prithvi stopped him saying that its going to long and just drew small circles (good job!). He drew an array of 5 circles in 4 rows, and erased a circle in the last row. (Wow! He was using the concept of arrays effectively) But wait! He was counting the circles to see if he was right! Then he added lines to the circles. Someone (I think it was Sohum) from the audience shouted” They look like prawns” Yummy! It was hilarious to see that the actual graph turned out to be a bar graph with a long scale (from 1 to 20) which was changed from 5 to 20 in fives. I didn’t miss the WEG for veg on the x-axis.
Siddhanth and Avirukt, the thinkers of the class started of on the journey about Pythagorus (Well their spelling was Pythogras) theorem at great speed. It was fun to see the disappointment on Sid’s face when the class couldn’t follow it. He started “ You see this is a theorem and it has to be this way!” Well Boys, they were after all Std 06 students! Avi was fed up when somebody asked “ But how can 3+4 = 7?”, and ended up with Ms. Mandanna’s note saying “ Well students what do you think the student Reference book is for. Please go to pg… for the theorem”
Sindhu and Kanika started of with “Std 06! Settle down fast!” Well this class does take time to settle down for the math class. Thank you! They did a mind map about decimals.
Nikhil and Nihal made us laugh till our stomachs ached. All Nikhil did was have a hand on his hip and another with a chalk in his palm, rolling it. They were good team teachers with Nikhil saying “Sorry Ms Kalpana “and Nihal acknowledging it. Well Ms. Mandanna and myself saw ourselves up there. The funniest part was Nihal calling out “ Pranav! Sit down, you are grounded for a week” Ms. Mandanna took some time to stop laughing.
Pranav and Sohum came up to do Bar graphs. Sohum was stressing “ Don’t forget the key!”
Ishaan and Yohann did Polyhedrons. Ishan did a good job of defining it and showing examples of them from the class.
Namitha and Meghna did lattice multiplication, and explained it well. Don’t miss the chalk rolling. I like the way they asked “Any doubts” after they had done their teaching and made a student do a problem on the board.
Agni and Dushyant made us laugh again with Agni addressing the cleanliness of the class. “ Who were on duty today? Why isn’t the board erased?” Thanks Agni , I can see you empathising us. Dushyant waho is a left-hander started rolling the chalk but it falling off from his hand. My god do I do it so often!!!!! Integers was their topic . I like the way they introduced the class to quadrants first, and then the integers. They called the students to work out some addition problems on integers. Shehan had to be shouted(well, reminded ) by Ms. Mandanna because he kept disturbing the teachers. Well that usually happens in most of the classes.
Paayal and Shruthi were hilarious again when they imitated us, by holding their reference books open and struggling with it. It is a fact that we need to have the teacher reference books open in our hands during the class, while we discuss and walk around. I like the way they controlled the class by managing their questions” Can anybody…….?” “ Put your hands up please,” “ Is your hand up?”
Shehan came to the board and introduced percentages. While we were looking for the partner, Pranjal walks in greeting the class. A student of the class said “ Oh Ms. Mandanna sometimes comes late” Well coordinators have lots of other things to do!
An example taking 25 students from a class and having their percentage preferences was discussed. Lots of students asked “ what if the class was 29 or 31 and not 25?” Sid and others had to shout with confidence “ so what , it is possible to find percentages”

Well the timing worked well and the bell rang. We assigned the next day’s homework and walked out of the class. It was a different and exciting class today. There are four things that have remained with me after the class. How my mannerisms are imbedded in my teaching, how well our team works in teaching which is accepted and welcomed by the class, the dynamics of my class, and the fact that it is satisfactory to see myself as a good math teacher from so many Mrs. Kalpanas.


  • make the kids teach like us - huh? since you already did it now i can't...

    By Blogger a.v.koshy, at 8:53 PM  

  • Kalpana,
    Very interesting to read. I should have been there in the class.

    By Blogger joel, at 11:15 PM  

  • Sure sounds like a fun class, Kalpana. Could be a great way to assess students' learning as well (by having them teach various topics after you have taught them)...

    By Blogger Shuchi Grover, at 3:03 AM  

  • I was impressed by the way in which the students could reproduce the concepts that you had taught them! Great idea and something we could all try, regardless of whether someone has already done it!

    By Blogger Tara Kini, at 10:12 AM  

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