‘The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.’
Mathematics needs to be learned with a sense of joy and delight. It needs to be related, where possible, to life-oriented activities, to create interest in the subject. Students of grade 9 learned factorization of a quadratic equation by expressing the equation in terms of linear factors. They interpreted geometrically the factors of a quadratic expression of the type x2+ bx+ c using square grids, strips, and paper slips. The activity provided an opportunity for students to understand and internalize the basic mathematical concepts through concrete situations. It laid down a sound base for more abstract thinking.