Many school students even today express displeasure to learn Math viewing it as dull and boring. To them Math means either to get something right or wrong. When they get it wrong they view it as a failure and lose interest while there enough tricks to get the concepts clear and interesting.
Since schools are responsible to make students Math confident, at RIS we have a separate Math Lab which provides ample opportunities to the teacher to teach Math in a different way, through activities and games. The goal is to make Math interesting, challenging and effective by providing a proper context for application. It is a place for students to discover Mathematics by doing.
The role of a teacher in a Math lab is not to teach, but to facilitate inquiry in Mathematics. This could either be done by questions, offering an extra resource or asking to discuss with peers. It is a place where anybody can experiment and explore patterns and ideas. It is a place where one can find a collection of games, puzzles, and other teaching and learning material. The materials are meant to be used both by the students on their own and with their teacher to explore the world of Mathematics, to discover, to learn and to develop an interest in Mathematics. The activities create interest among students to explore, and test some of their ideas, beliefs about Mathematics. Many of the activities present a problem or a challenge, with the possibility of generating further challenges and problems. The activities help students to visualize, manipulate and reason
Environment plays a great role in imparting education. A social studies lab serves the purpose of a library, workshop, classroom, a stock room and a student’s club. In our school we have Globes, charts made by the students, models including Model structure of Government made by the students, Political and Physical map of India and the world, Physical map of Africa, Asia and charts related to His-tory, Geography and Civics topics, timelines The laboratory is well ventilated and well lit with tables for the students to work on the maps and other hands on tasks. The social studies lab includes images of great freedom fighters and social reformers of India.
The social studies lab includes models, samples and charts of different types of rocks and minerals, and solar system. Recently we have added hygrometer, hydrometer, and magnetic compass. The SST lab has enabled the students to have hands on the different manipulatives available in the lab. Apart from understanding concepts and practical knowledge it instills the values of cooperation, self-dependence and develops leadership and social skills among students. The details of the use of lab is recorded in the SST Lab register by the teachers