Constructivist Mathematics classrooms—what, why and how
Introductory Module: Student-centred Approach to Mathematics in the Primary Classroom
Rajendran Thamarapura is the Founder-Director of Qrius Learning Initiatives based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. His focus is on constructivist pedagogy with emphasis on problem-solving. For more than three decades, he has been involved in teaching and teacher training at the primary level and developed teacher training modules to conduct state-level workshops for teachers. He has been a resource person for the education departments of the Governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and was a consultant for the Government of Bangladesh and advised schools in Malaysia. In 2018, he was a participant in an international conference in Finland for 100 innovators in education. He works closely with Orient BlackSwan to empower educators across the country.
Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan has more than three decades of teaching experience and has been the Principal of Lady Andal School, one of the prestigious schools in Chennai. She has been a valued member of various specialised educational groups like the Expert Committee of Educational Initiatives (Ei) that conducts Asset, a skill-based test that measures students' conceptual understanding, the Expert Committee for Curriculum Development in Mathematics, the State level Expert Group for Examination and Evaluation Reforms in Classes I to X in Tamil Nadu schools and the Tamil Nadu State CCE committee. She was also the co-ordinator for review of Tamil Nadu State textbooks for uniform syllabus.
She is the co-author of New Maths Time Grades 6 to 8, Mathematics textbooks for CBSE published by Orient BlackSwan.
Introduction to the course
Introduction to the module
Self-study: Helping students to become future-ready
Audio: Self-study: Helping students to become future-ready
Self-study: Promoting a student-centred mathematics classroom
Audio: Self-study: Promoting a student-centred mathematics classroom
Reference Links: The natural learning process
Task 1: Differences between knowledge and information
Task 2: Self-evaluation
Journal entry: Reflection task
Self-study: Initiating the constructivist approach in the classroom
Audio: Self-study: Initiating the constructivist approach in the classroom
Task : Self-evaluation
Journal entry: Creating sums with constructivist approach
Self-study: Strategies to use language for mathematical understanding
Audio: Self-study: Strategies to use language for mathematical understanding
Journal entry: Creating a question chain