Janak Ram and Munshilal Barse

Gajendra Dewangan

26 July 2019

This article is Part II of the series ‘Algebra – a language of patterns and designs.’ The approach is based on the perception of algebra as a generalisation of relationships.

In Part I, we introduced the ideas of variable, constant, term and expression via numerical patterns. Various operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication) involving terms and expressions were also studied.

The late Shri P. K. Srinivasan had developed an approach to the teaching of algebra titled ‘Algebra – a language of patterns and designs’. I have used it for several years at the Class 6 level and found it to be very useful in making a smooth introduction to algebra, to the idea and usage of concepts such as variable and constant, to performing operations involving terms and expressions. This approach steadily progresses from studying numerical patterns to line and 2-D designs, finally leading to indices and identities.

In the previous article we showed the graphing power of Desmos and had described how Desmos helped to bring out the creativity of my students as they explored the concept of ‘Domain and Range of a Function’.

How does one go about bridging the gap between the syllabus for physical education and the actual execution of it during the games period? Nidhi Tiwari tell us how we can develop a sports curriculum and shares with us a sample lesson plan to get us started.

The seventh issue of LLT has a range of articles on language - from 'Writing in Indian Schools' and 'The Journey of an Early Literacy Programme' to 'Analysing Facebook in Language Learning' and 'Generating Discourses in English Classrooms'. The issue also includes classroom activities, book reviews, suggested readings, and an interview with Linguistics Professor A.K. Sinha.


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A lesson is often more interesting when students are given activities based on it. This article written by Athirai K shows us how activities can be designed around a lesson. It was published in Thisaimani (Journey 4) - an APF-Puducherry District Institute publication.


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