Anyone can be a mathematician

Anyone can be a mathematician

The most fascinating of all knowledge and the most phobia generating subject in the school curriculum is Mathematics. Though the basics of mathematics start from school but its usage continues till we become adults and thus it can be said that math has become an integral part. We use mathematics every day even without knowing it. From dialing numbers on phone to giving money for making the payments, our world is surrounded by mathematics. No matter to which field or profession you belong to, its use is everywhere, whether we work in an office or spend most of our time at home, each one of us uses math as a part of our everyday life. Knowledge of Mathematics is indispensable both for the public person in the street as well as for scientists and philosophers.

Mathematics makes our life orderly and prevents chaos. Qualities that are nurtured by mathematics are power of reasoning, creativity, abstract thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving ability and even effective communication skills. Mathematics is the cradle of all creations, without which the world cannot move an inch.

Anyone can be a mathematician if one is given proper guidance and training. A good curriculum of mathematics is helpful in effective teaching and learning of the subject. Learning mathematics can be made easier and enjoyable if our curriculum includes mathematical activities and games. Maths puzzles and riddles encourage and attract an alert and open-minded attitude among youngsters and help them develop clarity in their thinking. Emphasis should be laid on development of clear concept in mathematics in a child, right from the primary classes. If a teacher fails here, then the child will develop a phobia for the subject as he moves on to the higher classes.

For explaining a topic in mathematics, a teacher should take help of pictures, sketches, diagrams and models as far as possible. The process of learning is complete if our sense of hearing is accompanied by our sense of sight. The child should be appreciated for every correct attempt. And the mistakes must be immediately corrected without any criticism.

 

The greatest hurdle in the process of learning mathematics is lack of practice. Students should daily work out at least 10 problems from different areas in order to master the concept and develop speed and accuracy in solving a problem. Learning of multiplication-tables should be encouraged in the lower classes. Once a child has learned a concept from his teacher, the latter should ask him to explain the same to fellow students.

So let us realize and appreciate the beauty of the subject and embrace it with all our heart. It is a talent which should be compulsorily honed by all in every walk of life. So have fun with the number and enjoy.

Shaheen Wahid – Educator

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