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Is Math Learning Hard?

Is Math Learning Hard?

Why does Math learning learning evoke strong feelings? Is Math learning, particularly upto grade 10, so different from other subjects? Why so? And is there anything that we, as educators and parents, can do?


13 March 2021


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About the Course

Why does Math learning learning evoke strong feelings?

People either seem to learn it easily enough and enjoy it or they seem to struggle with it, think of it as difficult and have a strong negative association with Math as a subject.

Is Math learning, particularly upto grade 10, so different from other subjects? Why so? And is there anything that we, as educators and parents, can do?

We have put together an expert panel of educators, who will share their perspectives. We present our panelists below:

1. Jayasree Subramanian

Jayasree has worked with students at all levels – from middle-school to UG - for 20+ years, and has worked at EducationaI Initiatives, creating assessments, learning modules and teacher support material. 

Jayasree is a University rank holder in her bachelors program, has a Masters degree in Maths (IIT Madras) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Math Education at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

2. Michael (Mick) Purcell

Mick is Head of School at KC High, Chennai. He has been a mathematics teacher for more than 25 years but he has also taught physics, general science, history, theory of knowledge, computer science, and technical writing. Mick is an innovator and leader in international education who is certified by the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Physics, Mathematics, History, Pedagogical Leadership, and Governance.

Mick received his Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Physics from West Virginia Wesleyan University and his Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. 

3. Sundaram Subbharatnam

Sundaram has 25+ years of experience - as a teacher, principal, teacher-trainer, and an education consultant across the country. He retired as the Principal of Reliance School, Jamnagar. Many of his articles related to mathematics have appeared in the Teacher Plus magazine. Sundaram has just completed a book explaining the logic underlying concepts and procedures in the K-8 math curriculum and suggesting effective ways of teaching them.

Sundaram has a bachelors degree in Engineering from IIT Bombay, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

Senior GenWise Mentor, Sowmya Jatesan, will facilitate the session.

Come, be a part of the conversation!

Join us on Saturday (Mar 13), 1130-1230h. 

Registration is a must prior to event. All registered participants will receive the Zoom link for the session 24 hours prior to event. 

About our Facilitator:

Rachit is an electronics engineer who has been designing analog circuits for the past decade. His work experience includes Cosmic Circuits and Cadence Design Systems (which acquired Cosmic Circuits), on the design of integrated circuits for audio codecs, serial interfaces, and phase locked loops amongst other things. He likes to spend his time on reading, understanding audio, building speakers, music, and sports.

Rachit has a Masters degree from the Centre For Electronic Design And Technology at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Muralidhar (aka Murali) is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise with 20+ years of experience in the social sector. In addition to delivering Vocational Training to young adults, he is currently responsible for design, manufacturing and marketing operations at a traditional handicraft (wooden toys) enterprise near Bengaluru. Murali has also delivered training and professional development programs for secondary science teachers and 'making' skills to "gifted students" for around 4 years.

Murali has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from IIT Madras.

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