“In a regular teacher-centric classroom, the teacher poses problems and solves them and this offers little scope for independent thinking,” says Revathy Parameswaran, head of mathematics department at P.S. Senior Secondary School.
“To promote mathematical thinking, teachers must pose problems that are exploratory in nature and challenge groups of children to come up with solutions in a stipulated time. Children thus learn the possibility of more than one solution,” she says.
Ms. Parameswaran recently participated in the Fullbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DFAT) programme.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State offered her fellowship for a research programme at College of Education, University of Maryland, where she worked with teachers from countries such as Argentina, Finland and Singapore.
She undertook a project — practical in nature and relevant to trends in teaching and learning practices — closely associated with recently-introduced continuous and comprehensive evaluation system of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
She now proposes to conduct workshops for mathematics teachers in CBSE and State schools and help them change the way the subject is handled.