Wednesday 9 January 2019

Al Qamar at MTA Conference at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education

Very happy to share that a paper written by Al Qamar teachers "Teaching Inquiry Based Maths: An Anecdotal Case Study" was invited for a poster presentation at the prestigious "Mathematics Teachers Association Inaugural Conference held at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai on January 3-5 2019.

The paper, written by Rafia Riaz & Aneesa Jamal was an insight into how Montessori & Connected Maths curricula are used to teach Maths in an inquiry based way. The paper outlined the resulting benefits from such an approach which include a deeper understanding, developing a problem solving approach and children making math discoveries on their own. Each point was supported by anecdotes from the classroom.

The paper was well appreciated by the visitors. They were astonished at the kind of questions asked by young children. One visitor was delighted that we were using Montessori material. Another inquired about the use of puzzles to develop strategic thinking. Several were interested in the Connected Maths curriculum.

The conference had many eminent speakers from the field of Maths teaching. The key takeaway for us was the fact at Al Qamar is already implementing a number of the recommendations by top educators - focus on deep learning as opposed to Maths, learning concepts vs technique, de-emphasing the pressure of curriculum completion, use of concrete material etc.

Conferences like these are a huge boost to our work.  It was a tremendous honour for a micro school like ours to be selected for a poster presentation on our innovative math teaching.

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