Co-operative learning among children! – lovely indeed

Students at Montfort School, Chennai

Last to last year, I conducted a survey of III grade students from various schools. Questions such as ‘How many of you like Math?’ led to lot of noise and resulting in only a handful of children nodding their head. The following question – ‘What makes you uncomfortable regarding ‘Math’ resulted in various answers in broken sentences. From which, I learnt that the culprit was notMathbutMath Anxiety’.

This survey eventually led to the birth of ‘Alter Math’ – our specialized Vedic Math course to help young minds overcome math anxiety. I introduced Alter Math at Montfort School, Yercaud and Mount Park, Durgham. I am thrilled to share an observation which made me realize there is more to this world than just competition to go higher.

“On a regular inspection cycle, I check the progress of the batch in terms of curriculum covered and clarity of the course delivered. As soon as I wrote a digit sum question. A young and energetic gentleman named Wazim, sitting at the last row, stood up. I expected him to answer but what Wazim told me left me in awe. Pointing to a boy in the third row, He said “Madam – This boy does not do his home-work, ask him to solve this question”.

         A classroom is like a room of mirrors – this student’s mindset reflected that of others. I haven’t seen co-operative learning in schools for a very long time. Every child in class wanted Yogeshwaran, who was picked out by Wazim, to learn how to solve the problem. Along with the class, I taught the child in understanding the concept. Later, I decided to teach these kids multiplication of values above and below base – one of the techniques that gives Vedic Math the ‘mystique’ essence. After working out a couple of problems, I felt I needed to explain more.

                The class interrupted me as soon as I wrote another problem. One of the children spoke for the entire class. He said ‘Madam, you don’t solve – We will solve in note book’. That was it – the right attitude – taking ownership. Taking ownership made all the difference. Not only did these children look out for each other, but also started taking ownership. Teacher Jeya sheba, The Vedic Math teacher, said these kids have started to show a keen interest in Vedic Math as it seemed more of an activity session than other subjects”

 Teaching is quite like Newton’s third law. The more I push the kids, the more I realize that it is they who are pushing me. Teaching has taught me in the face of failure, to get up and do things differently until I succeed and see that one bright confident smile on a child’s face when he finally understands a concept or solves a problem! ALTER MATH has helped me in the restoration of my faith that every child is special.

Galileo stated ‘The Universe is a grand book which cannot be read until one first learns to comprehend the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is composed. It is written in the language of mathematics.’ I insist in all my trainings and programs that ‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled. It is a fire to be kindled‘.

What We Do ?

Mathematics is sequential subject, where in each new concept has been built on a previously though concept. Hence if basic building blocks are not well designed or perfectly placed,  The child starts to develop Math anxiety, in turn irretrievably damaging the child’s relationship with mathematics for ever.

How does VedaMathic Techniques help erase Math Anxiety?

We strive to enhance a child’s initial experience with numbers and mathematical concepts more interesting, exciting and positive using VedaMathic Techniques.

VedaMathic programs (Alter Math, Brain Friendly Math & Dr.Tables) drive to fill concept gaps, which occur when the class teacher has moved on with curriculum before every child has mastered concepts. These concept gaps must be identified and corrected immediately to allow the child to learn more advanced mathematics.

Our Techniques are crazy, simple and fun. We teach children to apply vedamathic techniques in many different ways to facilitate better understanding and to avoid dependence on calculators, in turn enhancing their aptitude ability to a whole new level.

What We Do ?

Mathematics is sequential subject, where in each new concept has been built on a previously though concept. Hence if basic building blocks are not well designed or perfectly placed,  The child starts to develop Math anxiety, in turn irretrievably damaging the child’s relationship with mathematics for ever.

How does VedaMathic Techniques help erase Math Anxiety?

We strive to enhance a child’s initial experience with numbers and mathematical concepts more interesting, exciting and positive using VedaMathic Techniques.

VedaMathic programs (Alter Math, Brain Friendly Math & Dr.Tables) drive to fill concept gaps, which occur when the class teacher has moved on with curriculum before every child has mastered concepts. These concept gaps must be identified and corrected immediately to allow the child to learn more advanced mathematics.

Our Techniques are crazy, simple and fun. We teach children to apply vedamathic techniques in many different ways to facilitate better understanding and to avoid dependence on calculators, in turn enhancing their aptitude ability to a whole new level.

Math Or Math Anxiety ?

Is Math Just Tough or Math Anxiety is the culprit ?

 Can you relate to any of these testimonials ?

  • When I look at a math problem, my mind goes completely blank. I feel stupid, and I can’t remember how to do even the simplest things.
  • I’ve hated math ever since I was nine years old, when I couldn’t learn my multiplication tables.
  • Math exams terrify me. My palms get sweaty, I breathe too fast, and I can’t even make my eyes focus on the paper. It’s worse if I look around, because I’d see everybody else working, and know that I’m the only one who can’t do it.

 If you can relate to any of these testimonials, then you have suffered from math Anxiety as well.

What is Math Anxiety ?

Like stage fright, math anxiety can be a disabling condition, causing humiliation, resentment and even panic. Let us help you answer the next question on your mind – How to overcome Math Anxiety ?

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Taking Possession of Math Anxiety – Lets Control our Mind.

As with any strong emotional reaction, there are constructive and unconstructive ways to manage math anxiety.

Unconstructive (and even damaging) ways include:

  • Rationalization” – Myths might make you feel better (or at least less bad) about having math anxiety but will do nothing to help you control Math Anxiety.
  • Suppression”  – is meant having awareness of the anxiety – but trying very, very hard not to feel it. Students try hard to overcome by brute force but when they fail, they self criticize, resulting in severe loss of self-esteem.
  • Denial” – This leads people to choose college majors, and later careers, that don’t require any math. In our society fewer than 25% of all careers are “math-free”, incidentally they are low-status and low-pay.

Okay, so what is the constructive way to manage math anxiety?

We call it “taking possession” It involves making as conscious as possible the sources of math anxiety in one’ own life. This is where we come in to help you.

Who We are ?

Kalaiselvi Pandian – Founder, CEO

I am a teacher inspired by children. Being a math enthusiast, I ventured out to learn and experience unconventional math models of Indian, chinese and German origins. I designed VedaMathic Techniques & authored Brain Friendly Math, Alter Math and Dr.Tables series. Over Last 20 years, I trained over 125,000+ students across 15 countries and helped them erase Math anxiety. I am a Gold Medalist in Civil Engineering from Anna University, Chennai

Sreekanth JP – Program Designer

I design interactive and engaging VedaMathic curriculum. I have designed Brain Friendly Math, Alter Math and Dr.Tables series. I have worked across IT and education sectors. I am also a master instructor of VedaMathic programs. I earned my B.Tech from VIT University, Vellore.

Jaya Veera Pandian – Operations Head

I am incharge of operations at Vedic Maths Foundation since its inception. It has been blissful experience to watch the company grow so fast. The satisfaction that comes along with the impact made has been immense.

Deepa – Master Instructor

I am a master instructor of the VedaMathic Programs. I have been part of the team for last 10 years and Boy, it has been fun. I am well versed with chinese math models as well. I am from Pondicherry

Krishnan Vijayaraghavan – Head of web presence

I’m a UX Designer and I design products that are functional, beautiful and easy to use. I have 4 years of experience along with a rich academic background. I worked for internationally renowed clients and also assisted several startups. I completed my Master of Arts From Oxford University, UK.

About Us – Vision

Vedic Maths Foundation is an education sector enterprise started by Kalaiselvi Pandian in the year 2003

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Our Vision

To go beyond the ordinary realms of curriculum math using advanced concepts of VedaMathics, A unique homebred technique combining Vedic Math (ancient Indian mathematics) and Trachtenberg Math Model. Our drive is ‘To share the joy of numbers and To erase math anxiety’.

So What is Vedic Math ?

Vedic Mathematics was founded by Swami Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji Maharaja who was the Sankaracharya (Monk of the Highest Order) of Govardhan Matha in Puri. They are called “Vedic” as because the sutras are said to be contained in the Atharva Veda – a branch of mathematics and engineering in the Ancient Indian Scriptures.

What is Trachtenberg Math Model ?

The Trachtenberg system is a system of rapid mental calculation. The system consists of a number of readily memorized operations that allow one to perform arithmetic computations very quickly. It was developed by the Russian Jewish engineer Jakow Trachtenberg in order to keep his mind occupied while being held in a Nazi concentration camp.