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No sweat over mathematics

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 13:16 IST

Maths today is no longer a boring and tough subject. It is fun, easy to learn and interesting. And the schools in the city are leaving no stones unturned to ensure that this trend continues.

With the aid of fun activities, interactive games and computer modules, there is a change in the way maths is being taught to students.

An organisation that has developed some innovative and new concepts that schools use to make learning Maths more fun is 28am. “I feel that the larger problem is the phobia that students have, that they can’t do Maths. But this phobia is a psychological issue and not a mathematical problem. So it is important to work on changing perceptions and building a healthy relationship with Maths,” says Ashish Ash Gulati, Founder Director, 28am.

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Various schools and NGOs are striving to make maths easy to grasp.

Activity-oriented approach: Through the maths lab, board games, computer modules,

Maths jokers: 28am has introduced this concept where someone dresses up as a joker to explain addition, subtraction and the like.

Practical approach: Relate the maths concepts to real life situations is fast picking up

To tackle the ever-increasing problem of maths-phobia, a ‘Maths Fun Week’ was organised by 28am at Ryan International School, Gurgaon, recently. They introduced students to fun activities like Ashkit Ball, Maths Jokers, Hummbola among others. So how effective are these techniques in the learning process?

“These fun games that students play enhances their mental maths which develops their aptitude for the subject,” says Chitra Ramanathan, maths teacher, Ryan International School, Gurgaon.

Besides Ryan, several other schools in the Capital have woken up to the problem of maths-phobia. Kamini, a student of Class IV at The Heritage School says, “My friend hated maths but ever since she started participating in fun activities, she can solve sums orally.”

So all those who feel that maths is not for them, get those games out and see yourself ‘calculate the difference’ with ease!