PURPOSE OF LEARNING
“I don’t like Maths” ……. “I hate numbers” “Thank God !!! Maths SE PEECHHA CHOOTA”
These are few of the statements we often hear not only from our students but also from their parents.
As a Mathematics facilitator it hurts me. I wonder how anyone can hate the numbers which they are using daily knowingly or unknowingly as an integral part of their routine.
Answer is very simple: experience….their experience with numeracy in their early years has made such a devastating impression that even if they wish to change, it remains as scared feeling.
They fail to understand importance of noting down minute steps while working on numbers. For example – a grade 1 child can do addition easily in mind but when it comes to pen down, he asks, ”Why to write under place value when I can do it directly and my answer is also correct?” He is not able to find any relevance and this creates gap and confusion and finally he loses interest.
So, should we let it be like that or do something?
To overcome this —- give PURPOSE OF LEARNING to your learners.
Here comes the role of a facilitator. The ‘purpose’ can be realistic or fictitious.
Children love fantasy world and stories. Before introducing any concept, I always take with me one character in my classes. I build up the story with that character around the concept in such a way that they become the character’s friend and want to help him in learning the concept. Their only target is to help that friend in his journey of learning which automatically becomes their own purpose of learning-. Believe me they get so engrossed and interested that every concept becomes easy and simple for them.
When there is no gap, no illusion, they start loving the classes and as a result the subject lasts with them forever. Friends ! If you also want your learners to love Mathematics, give them the PURPOSE OF LEARNING.
By : Ms Anjali Mittal (PRT-DPSG)