'Need for mathematisation of the child's thought processes'

Though Mathematics is a core subject up to secondary level, teaching mathematics to students in a joyful manner is indeed a big challenge to teachers, said S Bhargava, a retired Mathematics professor.

He was delivering his inaugural address during the two-day national conference on ‘Mathematics Teaching: Approaches and Challenges,’ organised by the Regional Institute of Education (RIE) Mysuru, to commemorate the 128th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujam at the newly equipped Audio-Visual Hall in the Technology Block of the RIEM, on Monday.

He highlighted the importance of freedom for both teachers and students in learning Mathematics and cited examples of a few great Maths teachers, who have carved out a beautiful way of teaching the subject.

‘Child should enjoy Maths’
“The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 of NCERT position paper on Maths says that every child should enjoy Mathematics and should link Maths with their daily life. There is a need for mathematisation of the child’s thought processes. The primary objective of the present conference is to focus on the teaching and learning of mathematics at different stages. It will discuss how teaching of Mathematics affects the learning attitude of the learners. Also, the challenges such as impact of ICT in teaching-learning Maths should be addressed effectively,” he said.

D G Rao, principal of RIEM, who presided over the inaugural session, called upon the teachers to encourage children to learn Maths with enthusiasm. As many as 60 participants from all over the country are participating in the conference. About 48 theme papers on various approaches to Maths teaching are being presented in parallel sessions.

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