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Unlocking the Mysteries of Mathematics: A Workshop for Parents

 

Mathematics, often viewed as a complex and daunting subject, holds the key to unlocking a world of logic, reasoning, and problem-solving. Recognizing the importance of fostering a strong foundation in mathematical concepts from an early age, The Khaitan School organized a transformative workshop on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics for parents of Grades I & II.

 

On the enlightening morning of May 4th, parents gathered in the school auditorium, eager to delve into the intricacies of the school’s Mathematics pedagogy. Leading the workshop was Ms. Rajna Mehra, Curriculum Lead for Mathematics, accompanied by Ms. Monika Kumar and Ms. Monika Singh. With years of experience and expertise in their field, the trio embarked on a journey to demystify the progressive approach to teaching Mathematics.

 

Ms. Rajna Mehra opened the session by shedding light on the contrast between the traditional methods of learning Mathematics and the progressive, constructivist approach embraced by the school. She emphasized the importance of fostering a deep, long-lasting understanding of mathematical concepts in students’ minds, rather than rote memorization of formulas and procedures. Through engaging anecdotes and real-world examples, she showcased how a constructivist approach paves the way for students to apply their mathematical knowledge to other concepts, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

 

One of the highlights of the workshop was the hands-on activities conducted by Ms. Rajna Mehra, focusing on developing Number Sense and Spatial Sense using Jodo Gyan manipulatives. Parents actively participated in these activities, experiencing firsthand the power of tactile learning in reinforcing mathematical concepts and building confidence in young learners.

Addressing the queries and concerns of the parents, Ms. Rajna Mehra elaborated on the use of innovative tools such as the Ganit Rack and Ganit Mala in the classroom. These tools, she explained, serve as invaluable aids in developing skills of addition and subtraction, while also fostering a deeper understanding of mathematical principles.

 

 

 

The workshop garnered enthusiastic participation, with around 90 parents attending the session for Grade I and 84 for Grade II. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing their appreciation for the fun and interactive nature of the activities. Parents commended the initiative of the school in organizing such workshops and suggested that similar sessions be held regularly in every Parent-Teacher Committee (PTC) meeting.

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