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Teachers urged to help students curtail mathematics fright


Mathematics teachers have been advised to assist students overcome their fear of the subject by making it exciting, simple and understanding.A Colombia based mathematic teacher, Bernardo Recaman Santos, of the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, described the subject, which is dreaded by many students, as fun and relaxing.

Santos, who majored in recreational mathematics, spoke at the Abuja edition of the Cowbellpedia Academy, organised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics.
Santos, who further urged teachers to develop the skills of letting their students have new insights in solving problems on their own said: “With my students, we discuss mathematics. We talk about mathematics and we solve mathematics. Mathematics is fun as it can be used to relax and solve problems. The beauty of mathematics is amazing in different ways.”

The event, which was held at Nigerian Tulip International College in Abuja, Santos explained to the audience his teaching technique, which has made it easy for him in removing the phobia of mathematics from students.Another facilitator at the three-day session, Karam Aloui, who teaches mathematics at the University of Spax, Tunisia, said that critical thinking is the way to go in tackling mathematics problems, advising students not to box themselves into a corner by using a particular approach.

A teacher, who participated at the Cowbellpedia Academy, Victor Owolabi, said that the session offered him a perception he had never known in his seven years of teaching.He said critical thinking helped him realise that there is no question from the subject that is not possible to solve.Sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the Cowbellpedia Academy is primarily aimed at driving support and interest in mathematics by exposing 500 students and 150 teachers across the country to various teaching and learning techniques in achieving, sustaining and managing academic feats especially in the subject. Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja were chosen for the pilot scheme of the academy.

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