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SPELLBOUND: Award-winning teacher M.Kalimuthan and his students at a programme to highlight an innovative teaching methodology in Chennai on Thursday.
SPELLBOUND: Award-winning teacher M.Kalimuthan and his students at a programme to highlight an innovative teaching methodology in Chennai on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

School students at ease solving problems

CHENNAI: Give them any number of digits to add, multiply or divide, and in no time at all the seven to nine-year-old school students from Ramanathapuram come out with the solution.

The 16 students of the Panchayat Union Primary School, Subbudevan Valasai village in the district, were here on Thursday, along with their headmaster M. Kalimuthan on invitation from the School Education Department.

They were participating in a programme to showcase their skills, built up through an innovative teaching methodology, in front of an audience comprising several teachers and officials of the department.

The hall in the DPI complex reverberated with applause as they gave almost instant answers. The students used no paper, pencils or even their fingers to solve the rows after rows of the mathematical problems, including fractions.

Mr. Kalimuthan, winner of the State Government’s Best Teacher Award in 2006, said: “I identified their [students] thirst for learning last year, when I joined the school ... there is no limit to their capabilities.”

He taught the 60-odd students in the school through non-conventional and simple methods to increase their learning capacity.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan project director M.P. Vijayakumar said the enormous learning capability of the children was spotted during a recent visit by his team to the school.

Training

The Block Resource Teacher Educators from all the districts would undergo two-day training in the innovative teaching methods evolved by Mr. Kalimuthan and in turn educate the teachers across the State.

School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu visited the training session on Thursday.

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