Make mathematics interesting subject with tricks to lure children, says expert

Pranita Roy
Saturday, 15 July 2017

Mathematics phobia need not hamper a student's career. Sakal Times  interacted with experts who have been teaching maths tricks to teachers and students to make the subject interesting

PUNE: Though students feel mathematics is a hard subject, many times, a different approach to teaching and learning helps. Maths experts have also said that learning mathematics is well within reach of every child and quality maths education is the right of a child.

There are few organisations working to make mathematics easy for students and teachers.

Dinesh Lahoti, a maths expert and founder of Edugenie has been teaching WOW Maths programmes to over thousands of students and teachers in the North-East. 

“In WOW maths programme, we try to give a wow feeling to children about maths by luring them with maths tricks which intrigue them. Then we tell them the process of the trick which raises the curiosity and the child finds it interesting and simple to solve maths problems. Through this exercise we try to bring the stigma of maths out of their mind,” said Lahoti.

“The purpose of maths is to stimulate your brains and allow it to think and analyse logically. Fraction means solving a problem in different ways. For example, a roti is divided between three people further they shared it with three more people. By doing this exercise a child starts thinking on division,” said Lahoti.

Vipula Abhiyankar, a retired professor has been training teachers panned from urban to rural areas on how to learn and teach mathematics in an innovative way.  Continued on P2

Lure kids with maths tricks to make the subject interesting:, says maths expert

“There is a two-step universal active maths pedagogy, first is to try and understand the concept through activities and then translate it into maths language.”

Giving an example she said, “I ask teachers to give me number five and they give it in subtraction, addition and division form. I then tell them that it can be given in any form like objects. This is how you can teach children, from learning maths with out of the box methods.”

“Teachers often make a mistake to teach students in a standardised format, like multiply seven with three. Instead, they should explain that multiplication is a repetitive addition of number which gives them room to understand it in a more logical manner,” said Abhiyankar.

However, as reported in the first part of our series, most of the maths teachers are not trained in the subject, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) contradicts the statement stating that all teachers are provided training sessions. MSBSHSE have chalked down few criteria required to be eligible to teach maths. The teacher has to be a graduate in BSc and BEd. 

A teacher is bifurcated in two categories group A wherein BSc graduate with physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) and group B includes BSc graduate with physics, chemistry and biology (PCB).

“According to the State board, a maths teacher has to fall under group A, in case if the school does not find a teacher falling under this category, only the group B teacher is recruited as a maths teacher. As science and maths goes hand in hand, but this is very rare,” said Joint Secretary of MSBSHSE, Ashok Bhosale.

“A teacher is trained and made aware of changes in curriculum, evaluation and topics in the subject. The training is conducted by the experts who are a part of syllabus committee,” said Bhosale.

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