Category for Sandeep’s math blog

Status of math education

It’s the one subject that breaks the ‘heart and back’ of children, not that the development of children in English language and ‘whole person development’ (e.g., music, art, sports) is usually any better. However, of the many reasons for mass-scale (and global) poor achievement level in Math, is the way math is planned for teaching. […]

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Math Vs Art

Thus, in math we reach conclusions deductively, i.e., from universal rules to applications in specific situation/example; e.g., prime numbers are defined by a ‘universally applicable definition’ that determines whether a particular number is a prime or not, and whether a ‘newly discovered number’ is going to be prime. Math follows logic; logic being variously defined […]

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Quantification – the need for numbers

We now know that that there are situations where we need numbers, to express quantities in precise manner; for example, the following can only be expressed using numbers – Telephone numbers TV channels House numbers School admission numbers School bus seat numbers Timing of school periods Lunch period Prices of all the things you can […]

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Teaching of math

Math is perhaps the easiest subject to teach for two reasons: It’s highly logical, i.e., deductive; prior experience, or observation are not important in learning math. Math is about building ‘flawless’ (or better) arguments on any situation, this reasoning ability is basic human capability in all of us Math is build on a rather narrow […]

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The reason your kid struggles to get good marks in math/science despite being regular at school

It makes better sense to discuss this question with parents. The discussion that follows could be shared with parents, without any need to edit. We sincerely appreciate this parental predicament – all the hard work and commitment in living up to the schools’ demands and routine are not yielding the desired achievement levels in maths […]

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The ‘instructional ‘weaknesses’ in teaching maths and science

In  broad terms it is the ‘technical’ term for teaching Good teaching is quite an art, but good teachers know the science of teaching too, i.e. the universally effective practices in teaching. The science of teaching includes certain fundamental steps to be followed by teachers while teaching in classrooms (‘inclass processes’) and certain follow up […]

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What makes a number, a number?

In other words, what’s the characteristics of numbers? Numbers and arithmetic are made for each other – a number is a number only if arithmetical properties operate on it. Peano arithmetic may be used to create a definition for numbers to test if a number is really a number. Peano arithmetic is a set of […]

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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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