VIJAYAWADA: Mathematics will remain an abstract subject as long as the teacher does not make it easy, simple and joyful. Some students would not mind allowing a dentist to drill their teeth, rather than choose mathematics over any other subject. Such students continue to blame teachers for their hatred towards mathematics.
This was the essence of an orientation programme on ‘effective teaching of mathematics’ organised for school teachers at Andhra Loyola College (ALC) on Thursday.
ALC Correspondent D. Showraiah said some people seemed to hold the view that other subjects had taken over mathematics.
As a result, students, of late, were joining other science groups.
But, there were plenty of opportunities for students of mathematics, and the opportunities would only continue to grow.
Dr. Showraiah observed that a student develops love or hatred toward a subject depending upon the teaching ability of, and method adopted by, the teacher.
Hence, a teacher needs to introspect whether the student was able to understand what he was teaching. ALC Principal S. Emmanuel opined that a mathematics teacher had more responsibility compared to other subject teachers, as he or she would have to have a complete knowledge of, and mastery over, the subject.
Reader in English P. Ramanujam suggested to teachers to act as motivators and develop a spirit of enquiry among the students.
He wanted them to interact more with students and spice up their method of teaching with stories, anecdotes and the like to attract students. P. Satyanarayana Sarma, a mathematics assistant teacher at Sishu Vidhya Mandir, said mathematics could be a child’s play if taught practically.
He asked the teachers to use models of theories while teaching the subject.
He demonstrated some models to prove algebraic and trigonometric formulae. Head of the Department of Mathematics M. Arokiasamy, former head Ch. Seshaiah, ALC Rector P. Anthony and others also spoke.