PiVerb - The Grammar of mathematics
Because the whys matter more than the hows
Why Math at PiVerb?
"Mathematics and its logical underpinnings are unquestionably the best exercise of the mind.", says David R Garcia. PiVerb agrees. Our course is built precisely to do this exercise the right way.
Intuition and Rigour
Teaching intuition is tough, so the system has taken the route to reinforcing mechanics. Kids solve gazillion questions without learning why the formulae work. To put differently, intuition has been replaced with 'in Tuition'; processes get drilled in, fundamentals get short shrift. Students start with pre-rigorous ideas which are informal and example-based, we should solidify this into good intuition. Watch the video adjacent to get an idea of the stages of math learning.To get a sense of how, we at PiVerb build intuition, sample the freely available content.
Finding place value of 4 in 7432 is straightforward. Instead, ask kids to find the smallest 4-digit number, sum of whose digits is 12. This way, students figure out an idea, giving them a Eureka moment.
If a number is a multiple of 3 and 4, will it be a multiple of 12? If a number is a multiple of 2 and 6, will it be a multiple of 12? Why or why not?
Think why, not just how. First ponder and then solve.
If a * b < 0 and a + b > 0, which one will be greater, |a| or |b|? Whatever answer you get, establish it mathematically
Each week we will have 2 classes of one-hour each. ~18 classes per term, spread over 10 weeks, amounting to ~55 classes overall. 50% of the classes will end with a 15-minute test. There will be two one-hour tests each term.
Course is completely online. Course is modular and each class is a mixture of slides, videos and quizzes. The classes and tests can be taken any time, anywhere and any number of times. The Course runs only on Google Chrome.
We stay broadly in sync with the middle-school syllabus. We will teach very little that is not covered in school, but will teach each thing with a different approach. Course is designed to be tough but within the prescribed syllabus.