Maths in daily life: The Mindspark Way
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Looking at the history of Mathematics, it all started when being regarded as the quintessential science of quantity or identifying patterns. Be it geometry, arithmetic or algebra, it all started when we humans looked at them around us, applying it in a day to day life. For example, when you have to calculate how much you would need to budget to spend for the week or how much interests are the investments yielding or making predictions for how much would the Stock market dividends yield, algebra comes into play with the strong influence of critical thinking too.
A pivotal role where we use percentages highly — one classic example in recent time being the calculation of GST we all do when we have to shop or dine out.
Let’s now move to Geometry and angles to be specific. While one sits in a room, we can’t cease to wonder the applications of Geometry in there. For example when we twist the doorknob to open the door — the precise angle involved in it, the angles formed when one open/closes the window or the angles at which the stairs are built. Recently, I came across this wonderful assignment a Teacher published on her blog post where she wanted her students to identify angles and line types in a theme park. The outcome of the assignment done by students below
While teaching Maths, if we relate it to real life and give examples, as shown above, it makes students eagerly look out or experience the application of the subject.
Students get really enthusiastic as there is a familiarity element also attached to it. This not only makes them appreciate the subject and decode the so-called ‘complexity’ but also prompts them to look out for patterns/examples in daily life.
Mindspark, with this purpose fosters learning through questions by using real life examples. Below are some examples of real life based questions in Mindspark
Same time around last year, we had some interesting questions on Wimbledon too, like the ones shown below….
We are, currently, inviting teachers to join us in fostering a deeper learning of maths through the ontribution of ‘real life’ based questions. The questions will feature in Mindspark with credits where thousands of Mindspark users get to attempt the questions and foster ‘learning with understanding’.
Who better can add more flavour to Maths teaching than the Teachers themselves who ignite the active minds and instil the love of learning in them.
By Priyanka K S — Educational Specialist
Originally published at blog.ei-india.com on July 14, 2017.