Continued learning during COVID-19 lockdown: live discussions with Gunjan Khurana

     At the time of a global pandemic when schools and universities are shut and keeping up with regular teaching-learning practices is a challenge, Ms. Gunjan Khurana of MME Batch 3 is conducting a series of online interactive sessions for students, educators and parents. The programs organized by the Central Institute of Educational technology (CIET) of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) cover a range of topics from mathematics pedagogy.


     The live sessions provide an opportunity for viewers to have their questions answered in real-time in live-chat on YouTube, by calling or sending in their questions via email. The sessions are also broadcasted live online on the Swayam Prabha Kishore Munch channel through television services like Tata Sky, Videocon, Airtel TV, Doordarshan. It was also streamed live on the NCERT official YouTube channel.

Below are the details of each session.

7th June 2020, New Delhi, India

Developing Number Sense (Class I)

     Number sense is not innate, it is developed through everyday experience of a human being. In this talk, Gunjan addresses the need to develop number sense and thereafter symbolic representation of numbers among students. Using various play cards and activities, Gunjan explained the importance of number recognition and the usual errors students generally make when they associate numerals with objects around them. She also talked about the role of parents and advised various ways for them to engage their children in mathematics. The session had some tasks for students in the form of riddles and activities. Thereafter, Gunjan talked about the importance of ‘0’ and how to visualize it. The most engaging factor of the session was the use of stories to promote mathematics among children of Class 1. The session ended with a brief talk about cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, and nominal numbers.

Watch the session below.

3rd May, New Delhi, India

One to One Correspondence (Class I)

     Recalling the previous session on ‘pre-number vocabulary’ Gunjan started this session by drawing the viewers’ attention to the fact that ‘one-to-one correspondence’ is also a pre-number concept. Like the previous session, this one also began with a story-telling approach where Gunjan explained the significance of ‘position words’ like “inside”, “outside”, “far”, “near”, etc. This was followed by drawing the viewers’ attention to the importance and value of using ‘inquiry’ as a methodology to develop reasoning, critical thinking among children and building their vocabulary. The session laid emphasis on using visual representations and real-world examples for building children's’ ability to ‘compare quantities’ and ‘one-to-one correspondence’.

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29th April 2020, New Delhi, India

Pre-Number Vocabulary (Class I)

     This session introduced the topic by employing a story-telling approach and Gunjan using daily-use items to discuss the idea of comparing sizes and shapes. She encouraged educators to emphasize on the different dimensions of objects when asking students to make comparisons. According to her, another crucial aspect of building students’ ‘pre-number vocabulary’ is focusing on the ‘relative’ nature of comparisons and not making ‘absolute’ conclusions. Gunjan advocated the use of a story-telling approach to help students internalize and build students’ vocabulary and perception. The session concluded with her responding to the questions asked by the viewers.

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24th April 2020, New Delhi, India

Reading and writing of large numbers (Class V)

     This session dealt with the Indian system of numeration by discussing examples of large numbers which children can associate with. This included the example of “the number of times one’s heart beats in a day” to help students understand the quantum of that large number. Gunjan suggested that parents and teachers give scope for explorations to the children and encourage them towards rule-making (i.e. generalization) which is an essential skill in mathematics. She also showcased an interesting, hands-on learning material for practicing the reading and writing of large numbers.

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To watch more sessions organized by NCERT, visit the official YouTube channel using the link below.