Have you ever wondered why a child is not able to do math?
Is Math not really his/her cup of tea or he/she is mathematically handicapped? Or there is some inherited problem in the way mathematics is taught to your kid?
The concern is the child already does a lot of math, s(he) can easily tell how many friends are coming for the birthday; what happens to the contribution in a party when one of their friend ditches, what happens when you add more water to a cola. These appear to be very crude ways of connecting with the school math, but they are not.
The first question is related to linear and quadratic equations in class 10 and next is related to the proportional reasoning which is an important skill prerequisite for calculus needed in class 12 and later in engineering and other technical professions.
Why is it that, what a child does so fluently and effectively in real situations, s(he) can’t do in school and most importantly in exams.
The problem is that when a child is learning we don’t pay enough attention to what s(he) is learning. For e.g. when we teach them counting; do we realise that they make the connection of number with the fingers that s(he) touches while counting instead of making a connection with how many-ness of it. Try this as an activity, you change the fingers used for counting and use different ways and you will see that they make connections with the finger and not with how many it signifies. This is just the tip of the iceberg, something very grave and permanent happens with so many other concepts. So it’s not that the child does not learn anything, it’s that they learn the wrong things.
When this pile of misconceptions become huge, what we see is fear and eventual failure. So what to do?
We believe that in the above discussion we already have an answer; be alert when the child is learning about the how’s and most importantly the why. But is it always possible to observe this minutely when our own training has been with the same crude methods?
What we do at Arc Math is to provide the right guidance at the right time. We have comprehensive worksheets which assess the concepts from the scratch and helps to form the right connections. And most importantly we have a team whose passion is teaching.
The team is led by Sanjay Raghav who is teaching Mathematics to school students for past 7 years and has worked dedicatedly to improve their learning and challenge them to explore new questions and make accurate strategies for problem-solving.
He has taught CBSE, ICSE, and IGCSE and is also training for Aryabhatta, Ramanujan and similar competitive exams. In his Leadership, the team of Mother’s International School stood third in the Ramanujan exam and three other students from Bluebells School International secured the first rank in the National Mathematical Genius award. The other team members are all graduates and postgraduates in mathematics and have a very sincere passion for math and teaching.