Craft and Math.. Go hand in hand!

Mathematics is as old as civilization itself and is one of the most useful and fascinating branches of human knowledge. The term “mathematics” comes from a Greek word meaning “inclined to learn”.  In other words, mathematics deals with study of numbers and their various calculations. The most important skills in mathematics are careful analysis and reasoning, and thus logic is the floor on which the structure of mathematics is built.

In spite of a number of advantages of learning Math, it turns out to be one of the boring subjects for kids in high school.  Teachers find very little scope to include activities that will suit most of the math topics in curriculum and encourage the students to take Math at degree level.

Here at Avasara, we have helped students understand how the formula of a geometric figure is derived and how can we cross check for the accuracy of it through crafts.

Sayali busy cutting a circle out
Sayali busy cutting a circle out

A lesson focused on basics in geometry involved cutting out various geometric shapes like circles, triangles, rectangles and a square. Students calculated the perimeter by thread first and then cross checked it by calculating the perimeter with a formula.

Simran measuring the side of the square
Simran measuring the side of the square

Students learned that in order to construct a unique quadrilateral they need to know 5 factors of a quadrilateral. It could be 3 sides and 2 diagonals, 4 sides and 1 angle or 2 sides and 3 angles.

Constructing a quadrilateral out of paper stripes
Constructing a quadrilateral out of paper stripes
Archana and Jeniba constructing a unique quadrilateral with 5 paper strips
Archana and Jeniba constructing a unique quadrilateral with 5 paper strips

It makes an ever lasting effect on students’ minds when they learn it themselves. In this activity they realized how the use of formulas reduces human errors and makes mathematics much simpler.

Noopura Pathare

Education plays an indivisible role in our lives. It grows us, develops us and transforms us into a better human being. Though the quality of education each individual gets should not vary significantly. After all, quality education should be a right and not a privilege. I find myself fortunate enough to get an opportunity of working with with Avasara Leadership Fellows. It is an NGO inspired to develop leadership potential of India's brightest young women. This blog is to share my experiences in education (most of which are experiments in education) which make me grow as a teacher.

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