Student engagement in the mathematics classroom through inquiry-based learning
The purpose of this research project is to explore an effective and engaging mathematics instructional method for teachers of Punjab that could foster a growth mindset, grit, problem solving skills, and critical thinking in the students. These qualities cannot be achieved by using traditional methods of teaching mathematics, which I have experienced during my studies in India, where the teacher is considered the only source of knowledge and children are seen as empty boxes to fill with abstract facts. However, now all the developed countries are giving more emphasis on student-centric approach of learning. The new BC curriculum integrates mathematics as a part of everyday life and sees students as active participants in the learning process. By learning mathematics, students learn to analyze a problem and then consider the solution and evaluate its effectiveness. The inquiry-based learning method provides a personalized and flexible learning environment for students of the 21st century. I prepared a series of workshops for teachers. The intent of these workshops is to introduce teachers of my home country to inquiry-based learning. The inquiry-based learning model engages students effectively in the mathematics classroom.