5 Ways Teachers Can Introduce Vedic Maths into Public Schools
This article is by Ms.Rebecca Newburn , Visionary Math Educator who has honored us by being the Guest Blogger and giving us this insightful article. This article is specially goes out to all the school teachers and principals.
About a year and half ago, I started to learn about Vedic mathematics. It was fun, fast and a whole lot more engaging then the maths I teach. For 15 years, I’ve been teaching maths and currently teach 12-13 year-olds. Maths is a universal language yet few people develop a rudimentary vocabulary of it. Vedic maths has the potential to give more people the tools and interest to go further in maths.
The dilemma is that I teach in a public school that has a state-mandated curriculum. The question is, “How do I start to create a bridge to Vedic maths to best support my students?” Here are a few of the things that I decided to do at my school that you may like to do:
#1: Use warm-ups to introduce Vedic methods
When students come into the classroom there are some warm-up problems on the board. Introduce a few concepts from Vedic mathematics during these warm-ups or sponge activities. These mini-lessons can spark interest and provide some useful tools. Some easy, introductory topics are nine-point circles, multiplication by 11, arithmetic operations and digit sums checks. If you need a little support, watch some of these videos.
#2: Do a one-lesson introduction to Vedic maths
When I came back from teaching a Vedic workshop at the California Mathematics Council (CMC) Conference, I gave my students a one-hour lesson on Vedic maths. I explained the history and benefit of Vedic maths, and I taught a few sutras. They loved it!
#3: Put links to Vedic sites on your teacher web page or class blog
Encourage students who are interested to explore more about Vedic maths on their own. If you want make it an optional, alternative or extra credit assignment. I had my students visit my site and write a paragraph about the different things they explored and what they learned. I also recommend that kids subscribe to this blog if they want to continue to learn.
#4 Share resources with colleagues
Email or tell colleagues about your interest in Vedic maths. Share valuable resources that you’ve found. I did a mini-workshop at my school one afternoon for teachers because so many of my students were sharing what they were learning in my class. The student-teacher conversations sparked an interest in my colleagues and they asked if I’d teach them too. I invited the entire staff, and primarily focused on maths and resource (special education) teachers. 15 teachers showed and they loved it. Several teachers went on-line and purchased books to learn more.
#5 Create a Vedic maths club
Even if you’re a beginner, you can create a club to learn about Vedic maths. Both you and your students, and perhaps some colleagues, can learn together. It’s great to have a group of people to learn with.
If you’re not a teacher and would like Vedic maths taught in schools, share this information with friends who are parents and teachers. That will help to increase the awareness and speed in which it is mainstreamed into the curriculum.
Visionary Math Educator
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