abstraction

Amitabha Mukherjee

Background

It was during lunch on a pleasant day that I was told about this popular book on Mathematics called “Mathematician’s Delight.” I was chatting with a professor who said that his choice to become a mathematician was influenced by this book. The story went like this: When the professor was a teenager, just after high school, during the summer vacation, he found this book and wanted to give it a try. He could follow most of it without much difficulty, and solved most of the exercises which led him to ‘experiment’ with mathematical ideas on his own.

"Assessment needs to provide answers for two questions:ƒ How is the student evolving as a learner? ƒ What can I do to facilitate that learning? With the encouragement of a supportive principal, I re-worked the model for formative assessment..."

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Though as a teacher I wanted to use assessment to improve overall learning, it is taking me time to learn how to assess without inducing stress and fear. With CCE becoming mandatory, I resolved not to reduce the activity to mere tallying and book-keeping but to deeply integrate assessment with everyday classroom activities and to use it to plan my next steps. 
There is enough body of research evidences across the world to show that continuous assessment leads to drastic improvement in students’ learning levels.
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