National Mathematics Day

Every year, the country celebrates National Mathematics Day on December 22 to honour the legacy of the great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Often referred to as a child prodigy in the subject, Ramanujan’s life has been a source of learning and inspiration to many that also carved him a place among the greatest minds of all time. Rasbihari International school celebrated National Mathematics Day among the students. Most of the students are afraid of mathematics. But in RIS, regular activities based on this subject were performed in the classes, which makes mathematics the most interesting subject for the students. Primary kids explore mathematical concepts such as Measurement, Number, addition, subtraction, etc. Hands on exploration, picture representation, use of manipulative actively involved students in answering questions such as how, why, and what. Grade 6 students used craft paper, manipulative, different net, etc to know the relation between 2D and 3D shapes. Grade 7 Students explored used manipulative to find out the angles and properties of solid figures. Students used manipulative to deduce the Pythagoras theorem and its application day to day life. Exploring concept through manipulative provided a bridge between the concrete and abstract level of mathematical concepts. Grade 8 students used play way methods to find out the total surface area of cylinder. In the end students created chart presentation to explain the concept of area of cylinder in different situation. Play moves math instruction beyond rote memorization to a more expansive undertaking mathematics. It encourages students to talk, think, reason and wonder as they move through problems. Grade 9, peer teaching was evident. Few of the students volunteered and explained the concept of probability. It not only reinforced their own learning by instructing others but led to an interacting, comfortable and open discussion in the class. It is truly said that only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics. At RIS, teachers include practical experiences, hands on experiments, peer teaching, use of manipulative to help students understand the concept.

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