Mathematics, for many students, is no less scary than a demon. Many students feel sleepy as soon as they open the Mathematics book. They just give up saying that they can’t do it. Unfortunately, math avoidance leads to less competency, exposure and math practice, leaving students more anxious and mathematically unprepared to realize learning goals. This results in Math phobia. Math Phobia may be a feeling of tension, apprehension, or fear that interferes with math performance.
However, for many, math is a cakewalk. They thrive on solving knotty and tricky problems.
Math day is one such day observed all over the nation to pay tribute to the subject. 22 December is a special day for mathematics. This day is observed as National Mathematics Day to celebrate the achievements of Srinivasa Ramanujan. Math day was celebrated at Oakridge across all grades. In grade 11 Mathematics class, Shriya Subramanyam gave a presentation and explained to her peers what maths was and how we use it in our everyday lives, ever since we started thinking. She also spoke about the importance of today, which was Indian Mathematics Day, which celebrates Srinivasa Ramanujan’s 128th birthday, this year. Spoke about Ramanujan and what he did and also told about other great mathematicians of India such as Aryabhatta, Shakuntala Devi and Brahmagupta.
A short quiz of 15 questions was conducted to all the students, in which they had to answer each question in a specified amount of time. These questions were meant to be funny and drive people crazy (which I think it did). It was a wonderful experience.