Professor from University of Waterloo addresses students’ concerns about mathematics
In what could aptly be termed as a ‘fruitful’ session, the students of Spring Dale Senior School learnt that mathematics could be fun if tackled tactfully, methodically and courageously. The event was a workshop on mathematics, addressed by Prof. J P Pretti, of Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, University of Waterloo, Canada, held in the premises of Spring Dale Senior School.
Expressing concern over the declining interest of the Indian youth in mathematics, Prof Pretti said that the fear of mathematics often prevents students from giving it their best shot. He added said that there were techniques, which if imbibed and followed properly, could help the students master the subject. “Mathematics is actually more about understanding and properly executing the numerical logic and rules,” he maintained.
Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that students of classes IX to XII attended the workshop. “It was more of an interactive session with Prof Pretti, which the students enjoyed attending, as they asked him myriad questions about mathematics and he answered all of them with élan,” said Mr Sharma. He further said that Professor Pretti's workshops for the students on Mathematics are greatly applauded due to his innovative method of teaching and his ability to immediately connect with them.
He added that while it was heartening to see students’ overwhelming response towards innovative courses, what was disconcerting was the fact that this was because of an overpowering fear of mathematics, which was driving them away from non-medical and commerce courses.
Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, Managing Trustee, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that such interactive sessions and workshops were regularly organized in the school premises to redress students’ and teachers’ concerns on the teaching and learning of various challenging subjects,” they said. They reiterated the school’s commitment to host more such events in the years to come.
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