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Innovation and Experimentation done by teachers (Updated as on 01.06.2018) 

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Innovation and Experimentation Project-2017-18·       

Recycling of Waste Paper          ( रद्दी कागज़ का पुनर्चक्रण)·       

Designing fancy- cloth bags from old frocks and strong denim fabric.

In addition to the greeting card making, initiated in the year 2015-16; this year we have ventured into the task of ·       

Making folders and files.·       

Fabricating cloth-bags out of old-out of size frocks.

Teacher -facilitators

1. Mrs. Mary Joice Antony (PRT)

2. Mrs. Bini Anil(PRT)

Experimentation·       

Files & FoldersThe paper –pulp made in the kitchen mixer was moulded using the mould and deckle used for making the greeting cards.In the initial phase the two separate pulp sheets were spread onto felt cloths side by side and folded in a semi- dry condition to design the folder. Unfortunately the ‘W’-folds made in the middle cracked and tore at the centre. Making holes and riveting also seemed difficult.After several trials with different methods, we have now been able to make a better model. We are yet to arrive at a standard procedure. In another months time we hope to come up with a standardized procedure and impart training to students of the paper-recycling club.

Fabricating  cloth-bags.-·        Children get an opportunity to use and develop their creativity in designing cloth-bags from dresses they have out-grown.

Innovation in Pedagogy and creativity in teaching A 3 day workshop on “Innovations in Pedagogy” was conducted at KV INS Dronacharya for 34 participants.The main content areas were:

1.     Theories of Learning

2.     Learner Needs and Learning Styles

3.     Attributes of Creative Learning and Critical Thinking

4.     Analysis of Textual content for Theories of Learning , Learning Styles and Cognitivist Teaching Strategies

5.     Project Based Learning, Integrated teaching and Constructionism

6.     Plan for an Innovative  lesson Plan

7.     Preparation of a toolkit for post workshop Cascade training

8.     Post workshop  Assignment The Classroom Strategies included:1.     Modelling open ended tasks and learning activities2.     Brainstorming and multi-level categorisation, 3.     Complex matching exercises 4.     Cooperative Learning or Jigsaw  Classroom5.     Hands on  Learning products6.     Preparation of Learning Journal or Reflective logs7.     Preparation of Concept Maps for Theories of learning, Hierarchy of Needs, learning Styles and teaching strategies for the same8.     Group Presentation

9.     Designing a product and presentation based on principles of Constructionism

10.   Assessment of learning Products and group presentation using Rating ScalesAs a follow-up One day Cascade training sessions were held at different venues. At our Vidyalaya level demonstration class was held to transact the new strategies of Innovative Pedagogy for all the primary teachers of the Vidyalaya. The primary teachers attended the One day training on 05.11.2016 at KV Port Trust.

1.  Drona Vaani- Vidyalaya Radio station

Programmes are broadcasted through vidyalaya radio station on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11.30 am to 12.00 noon. Ie during Lunch break.Public speaking and listening skills of the students get improved through this. It give an opportunity for the hesitant students to test their inmate talents and remove the stage fear. 

2.   Improving language skill - An Innovative approach: - The functional structural parts of a language like Homonyms, Synonyms, Homophones, Prepositions etc are taken up during the Morning Assembly every day. The usage is written on the classroom black boards and the language teachers will give stress to it during regular period. Students will note it down and based on this a test is conducted at the end of the year under CCA and prizes are given


 OLD DETAILS 2016    -  Innovation & Experimentation continued ... to 2017
 
  1. Paper making- The project for making recycled paper was launched in the vidyalaya with the objective to instill in children the 3R’s of conservation, ie. Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. It also impart hands on experience in the craft of paper making. A simple roller machine was designed for compressing the moulded wet paper and work experience periods are utilized for making the pulp and moulding it.

 

1.  RECYCLING OF WASTE PAPER

Mrs. Mary Joice Antony(PRT)

CHIEF PATRON- Mrs.Maya George,Principal 

Co-ordinating Associates

Mrs.Bini Anil(PRT)

Mrs.Rajashree(PRT)

Mr.Manish Sharma(Art)

Mr. Sreekumar(Art)  

INNOVATION AND EXPERIMENTATION

PROJECT NO 1-RECYCLING OF WASTE PAPER

Objectives

To instill in children the 3R's of conservation i.e Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.

Prevent air-pollution caused by the burning of waste paper.

To expose  the young minds to the scope of innovation and experimentation in everyday life situations.

Genesis-

After having attended the one day workshop on innovation and experimentation at KV Kanjikode,I was looking out for a suitable topic to innovate upon. As one of the resource persons had suggested, I tried to identify some problem area related to the school premises and felt that creation of waste paper is an inevitable menace in the everyday teaching-learning process. . I was committed to reduce the generation of waste paper and wanted to recycle the waste paper so that millions of trees that are cut for the purpose are saved. So I, along with like minded colleagues  decided to do our little bit to reduce this menace and save the trees.

Our principal, not only appreciated the idea but also gave clear-cut instructions and valuable inputs at every stage; widening our insights into the scope of further innovations on finer aspects such as making files/folders etc.

Preparatory work and experimentation

Following the instructions  and guidance  of our principal. After a survey of literature I, along with Mrs Bini Anil(PRT) and Mr Sreekumar(Art teacher) formulated a procedure by trial and error.

A paper shredding machine was available in the Vidyalaya office.

Initially a kitchen flour- sieve was used for trial as a make-shift paper mould. A  mould and deckle set was later  made from the window -mesh intended for keeping away mosquitoes.

A mixer was used to make paper pulp.

SHORTCOMINGS OBSERVED-

OBSERVATION-It was felt that the paper was too thick and had too fluffy a texture.

REMEDIATION-. In order to improve upon this , it was decided that a paper compressing machine be devised. Several innovative models were suggested and finally a low cost design was decided upon.

A low cost roller and pressing machine was designed and we got it made in a local workshop. We also experimented on how to increase the strength of paper and give better texture and colour to the paper using natural materials like extracts from leaves of hibiscus and flowers of different plants. Involving teachers from work experience and art department and children of classes IV to VII.

OBSERVATION-The paper made with this was thinner but, it was seen to be tearing at certain places . 

On further study, it was learnt that adding a" Formation-Aid" like the viscous Aloe-Vera juice or sliced lady's finger rinsed water  to the pulp could possibly remediate this.

REMEDIATION-In Kerala, traditionally women use the hibiscus leaves' Thalli' as a hair rinser.This being viscous and similar in consistency, we thought about using this.(bhindi and aloe-Vera being costly/scarce)It proved to be a good substitute.

OBSERVATION-While the roller -machine could compress a stack of dry sheets it was found inappropriate in compressing the wet sheet .Hence, another model with two metal sheets has been designed. 

Implementation

  

Venue-Primary Resource room.

Participants-

As suggested by the principal, students of classes IV,V,VI and VII who are observed to be creating more waste-paper in the class rooms are being  engaged in this project.

Time- Work-experience periods  are being   utilised for making the pulp and moulding it. Saturdays are being used for out- door drying of the hand- made paper.Interested children were  given an opportunity to try out their innovations  as a leisure-time activity even during  autumn break.Winter break and summer vacation too can be utilised for such innovative and creative works for the really interested children.

The Principal,enlightening the students about the plant fibre,cellulose and the science of paper making.

FUTURE PLANS FOR INNOVATION

1.Now  we  aim to expand this project with an improvised paper pulp making machine in place of the kitchen mixer we  are currently using so that large bulk of waste paper could be recycled and not even a bit of paper is burned in the  campus.

 2. Yet another idea is ,Experimenting with  Banana fibre and other  possible raw materials. Designing paper bags etc.


 
S.N.Innovation and Experimentation ( Give a suitable title with a link to give more insight into the work)Class and subjectLearning objective initially envisaged Learning objective realised or notName of Innovator / Experimenter with designation.
 1Defects of Human EyeX & XII PhysicsTo understand the defects: short sight & long sight and to correct the defectRealized PGT( Physics)
      
2"I feel, like writing"IX & XI EnglishTo overcome students' aversion towards Descriptive Writing by exposing them to 'real-life situations' which are directly related to the tasks assigned in their text books.  To motivate them to be 'original' in writing.RealizedPGT(Eng.)
      
3"Grammar through Activity" Topic :NounsVIII EnglishTo overcome students' dislike towards Grammar by showing them to life situations which are related to their text books assignments.RealizedTGT(Eng.)
      
      
      
      
 
 
 

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