Have you ever seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2? Of course you might have!!! (What A Dumb Question?). Then you might have seen the war too. And the last part of the war, where there is an amazing.. mind-blowing… fantastic…. Fabulous(okay.. I am running out of adjectives,now). Well it was a big War.
Have you guys, ever, have gotten into such a war before? In your real life?
Well ,I have! No kidding. At my school. With one of my best friends and also my worst enemy – MaThEmATiCs!!!!!!!!
The battle between us.. started long back.. when I was in the kindergarten classes – When our kindergarten teacher asked us to count numbers upto 100 and then count it backwards (which was the most annoying thing to do, cause you will not remember where you stopped and have to do it from the beginning), then asked us to add number with the help of our fingers (until we ran out of fingers to count and started with our toes and ended up borrowing a friend’s foot!😖), They asked us to subtract numbers and taught us the ‘borrowing’ in mathematics, which was entirely different from our assumption then(We thought borrowing was an art that involved taking other people’s stuff and not returning them back because we had already used it and I have already disarmed it from them so it possibly listens to me[yo Harry Potter]), Then the teacher who got fed up with our borrowing skills taught us another method using tally marks. Cutting lines. The teacher soon retired from teaching us, when she saw that we drew lines endlessly and never bothered to cross even one line that indicated subtraction!
Kindergarten was indeed amazing! But then as we entered into the First Grade, things got even worse. We were taught to do Mental Maths!!!! Can you believe it? Mental Maths. But we didn’t bothered to do it. Why? Can you guess??
Because we had Fingers!!! Why then bother to do things which are more complicated? Then on we worshipped our kindergarten teacher. She was indeed a goddess!
They didn’t stop with Mental Maths.. they introduced something which was way more complicated and difficult for a second grader. Place Values.
Initially, writing the answers for place value questions was a piece of cake. Then they started eliminating some places and and the question was in words and asked us to convert to numbers, which tricked us because we couldn’t realise so fast which the eliminated place was!
For us our place value system was this..
Ones. Tens. Hundreds. Thousands. ……
The concept is simple, but the way we understood it then, made it way too difficult that it is. But my father, who according to me is an amazing Mathematician… Who could possibly do fabulous things with numbers.., advised to me a method of doing the math problem very quickly, possibly within a minute. It was an easy method to follow for a 7- year old.
He asked me to draw circles and to write the places- ones, tens, hundreds, thousands… Below the circles.
And take each number and read and analyse which place it belongs to and put it in that circle. If there is a place missing,then leave that circle and fill in the rest. In the end write the number in the boxes and the empty circle, put zero. He taught me as a game. And I practically cracked all such problems.
I know it’s ridiculous to write such a thing, which is probably useless for most of us! But I wanted to write something like this and the reason is unknown!
It’s probably this method that improved the relationship between Maths And I. I still hate it, when I have write any exams where the proportion of math questions is high!!!! But I love it when I have to take less stress about it!!!
If you guys have any such relationships with anyone like Maths… Do share it in the comment section. I love getting comments in my posts!! Just like everyone!!!😄