How To Teach Math Effectively?

As a parent you would have wondered “how to teach math effectively to your child?“. You would have tried many tricks so that your child can learn the subject. But unfortunately, teaching a subject is not easy – mathematics more so. It is a long term endeavor. In this article, you will learn eleven effective […]

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Why maths requires a lot of practice to master it?

To be true, everything needs practice to achieve excellence. In fact, at the ‘highest level’ the two legs of learning are: Recognising new things/facts/perspectives/linkages (through any of the 5 senses) – essentially registering new things in the short term memory Internalising something already registered– embedding the ‘new things’ in long-term memory The internalisation process is […]

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Children studying in English-medium schools and good in maths and science are often weak in English. What can parents do?

It makes better sense to discuss this question with parents. The discussion that follows could be shared with parents, without any need to edit. Briefly, learning a language is the easiest of all things to learn; every one learns to speak and understand the mother tongue without any effort – just listening to it being […]

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The world we live in

Talking and sharing with other people is a very important human need for pleasure and survival. We use languages, to be precise natural languages, to express everything we wish to communicate in writing, or speech (we also use signs/symbols to communicate but it’s very limited in its scope of application, compared to the use of […]

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An overview of school math education at different stages

One of the outstanding characteristics of scientific culture is quantification. Mathematics, therefore, assumes a prominent position in modern education. In mathematics, the situation seems to be grim right from the start of the child’s school career. Far too many abstractions are introduced all at once with scant attention paid to well-known facts about development of […]

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What’s Math?

The ‘invention’ (and continuous evolution) of languages is the most defining characteristic of Homo Sapiens; the use of language indeed catalysed significant expansion of our thinking capabilities, and therefore, our brain. Language expands thinking capability like nothing else. Broadly, there are two vehicles of thinking – using images and using languages (words) – and the […]

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The aim of school mathematics

Developing children’s abilities for mathematisation is the main goal of mathematics education. The narrow aim of school mathematics is to develop ‘useful’ capabilities, particularly those relating to numeracy – numbers, number operations, measurements, decimals and percentages. The higher aim is to develop the child’s resources to think and reason mathematically, to pursue assumptions to their […]

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Problems in school math education

Some problems in school Mathematics education A majority of children have a sense of fear and failure regarding Mathematics. Hence, they give up early on, and drop out of serious mathematical learning. The curriculum is disappointing not only to this non-participating majority, but also to the talented minority by offering them no challenges. Problems, exercises […]

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Abstract versus Real

In the article ‘of division of simple quantities’ we learnt about the process of division. We discussed the terms used in division viz. the dividend, divisor, quotient and remainder. The concept of remainder is relevant only because some numbers are not divisible by certain divisors (numbers that are not factors of our dividend). As we […]

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Proposed alterations to higher secondary math curriculum

We propose that math curriculum in higher secondary should have a big component of inter-disciplinary applications to establish math as a language of higher academics across subjects/disciplines – a very important fact about math and other disciplines, unknown to the vast majority of students. To implement such an intent, we propose that math curriculum be […]

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