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The Science of Creativity!

Dr. Seuss, the famous children’s author said in one of his books – “Think left and think right, think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up, if only you try!”

Trying is definitely something that RDF children do a lot of! Coming from lives filled with difficulties and financial deprivation, RDF schools open up a rich learning ground in which they soak up everything they are exposed to – and the exposure is carefully curated by caring teachers who want the very best for these children.

Science and its wonderful world of experiments gets everyone excited! Students at Rollakal School have been blossoming under the guidance of their Science teachers. The teachers who come from similar background as the children understand the importance of quality and creative learning. They too are sent for several training programs in order to enhance teaching methods. This then allows them to think about creative ways of teaching. 

Science experiments have been a great way to understand Science concepts that would be too complex to understand theoretically. RDF has gone through a lot of effort to equip each school with a Science lab in order to expose children to learning visually and experientially.

The most recent experiments that the Rollakal children have been exploring are photosynthesis, understanding the root system, learning about the mechanism and biology of human breathing etc. Though the Science lab is equipped with a lot of material to aid conceptual understanding, the staff also ensures that students use recycled materials in order for the experiments to be as green and cost effective as possible!

We are very proud of the efforts of our staff to ensure that children learn in a fun environment. We are also proud of the children who keep their scientific enquiry alive through enthusiastically engaging with their own learning!

Empowering Primary Teachers

The dedication of RDF teachers is a singular cause for the development of RDF schools over its two decades in rural education. There exists a wonderful ecosystem within each school of providing personal and professional training to teachers, thus inspiring teachers to give their best to their classrooms and the children, along with their inherent determination to put in the work required to better the lives of rural children through engaging and innovative classroom practices.

Demo of inventive child centric activities

Having motivated teachers, who benefit from a caring and supportive school environment goes a very long way in providing a enriched environment in which children can thrive and learn. Therefore, ongoing teacher training remains a prime focus.

Interaction with IPPTA facilitators

With this focus, Primary teachers were sent of a training program organized by the Integrated Pre-school Training Academy in Hyderabad. This was conducted for pre-primary and Primary level teachers to understand pedagogical techniques.  4 teachers from Kalleda School, 2 teachers from Redlawada and two teachers from Rollakal attended this event in order to better their teaching practice.

The teachers learnt several methods such as using rhymes, stories, playway method and preparation of teaching and learning materials for English, Maths and EVS from IPPTA facilitators. This helped the teachers understand engaging and fun way to teach their classes, helping children learn in an active and fun environment. Such activities also build rapport between teachers and students, which also plays a crucial role in student responsiveness, helping them learn better.

The teachers came away brimming with new ideas on how to deepen their own learning and deepen student learning too!

Saluting our Student Committees!

The Student Committees in RDF schools were formed with the aim of making the students responsible for their school’s key operational areas. Rather than being passive recipients of the school’s rules and guidelines, the committees make students active participants.  The committees are created with consensus between students and teachers. The day to day running and overall management of each committee is done by the students, with supervision and mentoring by a teacher.

In Rollakal School, the committees have become more efficient and disciplined over the years and the students show a lot of care in the execution of their duties. The areas that the students look after are Dining & Mess Management, Classroom & Playground Discipline, Sports & Games, Water Management, Neatness & Hygiene.  The students do an admirable job of the planning and implementation of their respective committees.

Clockwise from top: Kiran, Soumya, Rahul, Swarnlatha, Tharun

The smooth running has demonstrated leadership capacities in its student leaders, team cooperation and good delegation, along with community engagement within and outside their school – all qualities that are necessary in life.

Thank you to D. Soumya, Class 10, G. Swarnalatha, Class 10, M. Yudhasree – Class 9, D. Shivasagar – Class 8, D. Sarath – Class 7, K. Kiran – Class 7, B. Rahul – Class 6 and Ch. Tharun – Class 5 for doing such a fantastic job and making the school proud!

Chess Mate!

RDF Rollakal School has a budding Vishwanathan Anand in its midst!

Koushik (R) at the State Level championship

Meet Abbaraboina Koushik, all of 9, who recently won a Gold medal in a State Level Chess competition that was open to people from all age groups, held in Hanmakonda. Hailing from a poor family, the son of agricultural labourers, Koushik, from a young age had the grit and passion to do well in whatever he decided to do.

This deep determination can be seen in the way he approaches chess, absorbing the training provided to him the Physical Education teacher as well as his academics. A self motivated person, he was encouraged by the school Headmaster and PET to participate in the State Level championship. Unperturbed by going up against people much older and experienced compared to him, he was delighted to bag the 1st place!

The Telangana Sports Authority Director, Mr. Rajanala Srihari, commended him on his effort as he handed him his gold medal and merit certificate.

We commend Koushik, his family and Rollakal School for championing his spirit and his talent. We are very proud of all that he has accomplished at the tender age of 9. He is certainly an inspiration to everyone!

The Yoga Star!

ros-2E. Kavya or RDF Rollakal School is an ardent advocate of yoga. Now in Class 10, Kavya took up learning yoga with the school’s Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Prabhakar 3 years ago. She has been practicing yoga daily and attributes her practices to her feeling of all around wellness. She feels physically strong, mentally alert and able to concentrate very well on her studies, sleeping well and feeling calm overall; all of which help her be in a better position to care and help others.

ros-1For her, it is very clear how yoga helps unite the 3 components of body, mind and spirit and how this leads of health, knowledge and inner peace. So, she uses every opportunity to advocate yoga to her friends and her community too. She strongly feels that physical ailments can be healed through yoga and distressful emotions can also be calmed through a regular practice.

ros-3Kavya is certainly a star for her friends and community, with her care and passion towards this ancient practice. We hope that she continues to be an inspiration to her friends, family and community to spread the word about yoga and empower ourselves by taking charge of our health at all levels!

Rolling in Inventiveness!

This week, we bring to you more inventiveness from the students at RDF Rollakal School! In our previous post from Rollakal here https://rdfblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/innovation-and-inspiration/, we wrote how the students are developing their scientific curiosity and creating many experiments.

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ros-1Today, the school is proud of the achievement of N. Vinay Kumar, a Class 6 student at the school. Vinay created an Air Pressure Vehicle, again using recycled materials. The materials he chose to create this vehicle are everyday items, found in all households – 4 bottlecaps, 1 balloon, 1 pipe, some plaster, a notebook cover page or thermocol sheet, 2 cellpen pipes and a broomstick thread.

With the help of his Science teacher, Vinay created a miniature car, that propelled itself forward due to the air pressure created in the balloon. Think about how much money urban kids and their parents spend buying ‘dinky’ cars for their amusement. It would be so much more worthwhile and creative to just make one on your own! A working one at that!

ros-3Such experiments show how creativity needs to be nurtured, with efforts on the part of the teacher or a parent or any adult who is willing to dive into such creative endeavours and experiment. There is so much more learning that goes on when children are engaged in this manner.

Innovation and Inspiration!

It is amazing what a few resources, recycled materials, inspired ideas and an excitement to experiment and learn can bring about! Every human resource that is seen around us, in our environment, our home and the world started as a seed of an idea. The idea leads to exploration and experimentation, which through a process of trial and error becomes a very useful innovation.

The innovator, Sunny

The innovator, Sunny

This is precisely what we see happen in our schools time and again. Sunny, a Class 5 student of RDF Rollakal School loves Science experiments. His Science teacher encourages him to test out his ideas or research science concepts that he is interested in. This collaboration resulted in a brilliant water pump innovation.

The apparatus

The apparatus

Using a motor, battery, a box, an empty bottle and 2 pipes, Sunny, set up the apparatus to create a water pump.

With the guidance of his Science teacher and his own keen interest in Science, Sunny was able to accomplish this with ease. This goes to show how an environment of encouragement, play and infusing fun and curiosity into lessons can bring them to life for everyone!