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Math Lab at Kovai Public School, Karumathampatti

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Math Lab at Kovai Public School

Math Lab at Kovai Public SchoolPrincipal: S Harihara Sudhan
Type of lab deployed: Math Buddy – Hands-On Math Lab

S Harihara Sudhan

Teaching Maths

From the child’s perspective, VAK – Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic approach of Math Buddy, helps the children understand the complexities and abstractness of Mathematics easily. This encourages the child’s confidence during the learning process.

From the teachers’ point of view, the kit approach provides another dimension of teaching Mathematics with ease, backed up by an audio-visual interactive software support for reinforcing the learnt concepts and building speed with accuracy and confidence while solving Math by applying the understood abstract concepts.

Objective of deploying labs

  • To provide the practical experience of the abstract concepts of Mathematics, Science, etc
  • Enabling the child to visualise, investigate, explore, experience, enjoy Math concepts
  • To reach every child of the classroom in the way they understand Math
  • To enable, empower, provide the teachers to experience all dimensions of the process of teaching and learning Mathematics
  • An effective initiative for children to get rid of their Math phobia
  • Encourages children to understand Math by the “learning-bydoing” methodology and successfully carrying it out, advocated by the NCERT

Students’ Feeback

T Pradeep, student of Grade6 says, It has developed my confidence and I have clearly understood the concepts of integers, fractions and decimal fractions using the manipulative.

S Aswath, student of Grade1 says, I have understood the concepts of Math easily using the manipulative.

The above two implementations lead to the desired meeting point which enhances the teaching and learning process more effectively resulting in higher academic standards. Evaluation

At KPS, evaluation is done in two ways – While learning with hands-on activities, the teacher has an opportunity to observe children while their are doing the activities and can assess their understanding. Secondly, with the help of the observation sheets of every activity, the teacher evaluates the learning. Apart from these, worksheets are created by teachers with the help of QB available with MB.

Enhanced teaching-learning Children are able to understand concepts through experience clearly, quickly and effectively. The time taken to explain the concepts with the traditional method gets reduced drastically. The “to know more” factor enhances the exploring attitude of every child and facilitates him/her to understand Math the way he/she can.

Teachers’ feedback

Indrani, a Math teacher, says, “I felt comfortable while teaching the students the place value concepts, comparision of numbers, 3D shapes and data handling using the manipulative.”

JayaLakshmi, another Math teacher, says, “Teaching Math was made practically easy especially while teaching the abstract concepts of algebra, integers, and 3D shapes in Math lab.”

Teachers’ experience with labs

Labs enable teachers to take children from the known to the unknown very effectively with lesser time. They also empower the teachers to provide an opportunity to every child to experience the abstract Math concepts. Teachers love to see the excitement among the children while they are in the lab.

Factors for successful implementation of lab at the school

The complete support extended by the management to provide the necessary training and infrastructure acts as a catalyst for the teachers’ learning. The training support and continuous handholding provided by Math Buddy makes every step of the implementation a success.

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