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Teaching mathematics creatively

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From: Malini
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Jan 16, 2000 at 01:17:18
Subject: Teaching mathematics creatively

I have just started teaching a Grade 2 and they are about 7-8 years old. They have a basic knowledge of addition and subtraction from Grade 1. I am currently under probation and the teacher who is supervising me insists that these students are incapable of learning higher addition or subtraction. To make things harder on me, there are 16 failures (from the last examination) out of 37 pupils in the class and several other borderline cases. I need a lesson that will not cause too much noise and will reach all the ability levels in the class. Is there some way I can help the slower ones without making the good ones feel left out or bored? I will be teaching them addition and subtraction this week and I am at a loss as to how I am going to get the message across without making it too simple for the fast ones. I am also worried as to how I am going to make the lesson interesting so that they can keep the methodsx I teach in mind and use them over time. Thank you for your time. I would really appreciate it if you could get back to me on this as soon as possible.

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