Sometime last week, K. Ansalan, MLA, sat across the table from Reena M.P. of Government Lower Primary School, Mukkudil, Venjaramoodu, and defeated her in what resembled a board game but was essentially a teaching-learning material developed to make mathematics easy and fun for Class 1 students.
The MLA had dropped into the Samagra Shiksha district project office at Killipalam here to see what a three-day district-level workshop for ‘Ullasaganitham’, the mathematics programme designed by the Samagra Shiksha, Kerala, was all about.
The National Achievement Survey report had raised concerns that primary students across the country were not achieving the basic learning outcomes in language and maths before reaching higher classes. Against this backdrop, the new programme ‘Ullasaganitham’ was put together.
Last year, Samagra had implemented ‘Ganithavijayam’ for students of Classes 3 and 4 who were faring badly in the subject. However, ‘Ullasaganitham’ is not designed as a remedial initiative like ‘Ganithavijayam’; it is rather an everyday programme that firms up mathematical concepts in children with varying abilities, says Suresh Kumar A.K., State programme officer, Samagra Shiksha, Kerala.
To be implemented
‘Ullasaganitham’ will be implemented for Class 1 in the first phase, and later for Class 2. A.S. Mansoor, teacher at the block resource centre, Parassala, says children find maths tough as they grow up. ‘Ullasaganitham’, he says, hopes to address these issues through games.
The 36 activities for Class 1 under ‘Ullasaganitham’ are divided into terms so that children achieve the outcomes in a step-by-step manner.
Drawn up on the ‘Experience-Learning-Picture- Symbol’ model, children first understand concepts such as numbers through games, designed on the lines of board games with coins and cards, or through stories, making learning a fun experience. The activities supplement the textbooks.
The district-level training is led by resource persons who participated in the State-level workshop.
On August 13 and 14, the teaching-learning material preparation for school-level training will be held. The material kits will be shared by two students, and each set is expected to cost around ₹400. Each school will get 15 sets, and these will be rotated between the various divisions of Class 1 in a school.
After the block resource centre training for school teachers on August 16 and 17, the programme will be rolled out in schools on August 21. Mr. Mansoor says teachers will also be trained in using software to teach children mathematics. “Mathematics learning in Class 1 is set to become IT-based,” he says.
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