A Note for the Teachers of Mathematics

Ref: CBSE VI Mathematics

Mathematics has an important role in our life, it not only helps in day-to-day situations

but also develops logical reasoning, abstract thinking and imagination. It enriches life

and provides new dimensions to thinking. The struggle to learn abstract principles develops

the power to formulate and understand arguments and the capacity to see interrelations

among concepts. The enriched understanding helps us deal with abstract ideas in other subjects

as well. It also helps us understand and make better patterns, maps, appreciate area and

volume and see similarities between shapes and sizes. The scope of Mathematics includes

many aspects of our life and our environment. This relationship needs to be brought out at all

possible places.

 

Learning Mathematics is not about remembering solutions or methods but knowing

how to solve problems. We hope that you will give your students a lot of opportunities to

create and formulate problems themselves. We believe it would be a good idea to ask them

to formulate as many new problems as they can. This would help children in developing an

understanding of the concepts and principles of Mathematics. The nature of the problems

set up by them becomes varied and more complex as they become confident with the ideas

they are dealing in.

 

The Mathematics classroom should be alive and interactive in which the children should

be articulating their own understanding of concepts, evolving models and developing

definitions. Language and learning Mathematics have a very close relationship and there

should be a lot of opportunity for children to talk about ideas in Mathematics and bring in

their experiences in conjunction with whatever is being discussed in the classroom. There

should be no obvious restriction on them using their own words and language and the shift

to formal language should be gradual. There should be space for children to discuss ideas

amongst themselves and make presentations as a group regarding what they have

understood from the textbooks and present examples from the contexts of their own

experiences. They should be encouraged to read the book in groups and formulate and

express what they understand from it.

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Your comments are welcome

Nalin Pithwa

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