Robi Domingo offers new ways of solving math problems via Knowledge Channel's Math Dali

(L-R) Knowledge Channel's new hosts Vic Robinson III, Igiboy Flores, Enchong Dee, Robi Domingo, and twins Joj and Jai Agpangan with KcH President and Executive Director Rina Lopez-Bautista (middle, wearing white).



Most Filipino students have a love-hate relationship with Math.

The good news is that Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KFCI) has a new educational show titled Math Dali that will help Grade 4 pupils with their Math problems.

Math Dali is one of the two new offerings of Knowledge Channel along with agriculture themed program AgriCOOLture as part of its 17th anniversary.

(Read: Enchong Dee hopes to inspire students to pursue agribusiness via new show AgriCOOLture)

Math Dali is hosted by Pinoy Big Brother alumni Robi Domingo along with Igiboy Flores, Vic Robinson III, and twins Joj and Jai Agpangan.

In an press conference held at ABS-CBN's head office recently, Robi said the show teaches students easy alternative ways to solve math problems.

He told the press, "Yung mga mahirap na katanungan para sa atin, ginagawang simple sa Math Dali so hindi lang siya pang-Grade 4, kasi yung first module namin is for Grade 4.

"Pero sa mga susunod na episodes, ipapakita namin na ang Math, hindi siya sobrang complicated. Hindi mo na kailangan minsan ng ballpen, papel kasi maraming paraan para makuha yung tamang sagot."

With this in mind, Robi's co-host Vic said that he felt the pressure in helping students overcome their fear of Math.

Vic said, "Parang nagla-laro lang po talaga kami pero nakaka-pressure din at the same time. Kailangan mo talagang intindihin lahat ng bagay na… yung script na ibinibigay sa iyo, dapat intindihin mo.

"One memorable instance was when I was flipping cards tapos meron equation dun sa likod nung mga cards. So kailangan, i-memorize mo yung two pages worth of script."

He added, "Tapos dapat naiintindihan mo lahat ng bagay na dini-discuss mo kasi mga bata ang nanonood sa inyo. So kung mali yung pagka-discuss mo dun, tapos yun yung lumabas sa TV, e, 'di hindi na kayo ganun ka-credible 'di ba as an educational show."

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Like Vic, Igiboy is glad to be part of the show and also learn new things from the program. He said, "Natututo rin ako habang nagtatrabaho kasi siyempre para ma-explain mo sa audience mo yung gusto mong ituro, kailangan maintindihan mo rin, di ba? Kasi paano mo ie-explain kung hindi mo naiintindihan?

"So ako mismo, may mga method na sinasabi ko sa sarili ko na, 'Bakit hindi ko natutunan 'to nung bata ako?' Or, 'Yung equation na yun hirap na hirap ako, ang dali lang pala!' So dito sa show na ito, ipapakita namin na may iba't ibang paraan, kung saan ka kumportableng method, doon ka mag-stick."


MATH TIP. Like most students, Joj and Jai weren't that fond of Math. However, the former Pinoy Big Brother housemates said they were able to appreciate the subject through the help of this program.

Jai said, "Masaya kasi yung concept namin...parang nag-iiba kami ng costumes like super fun and exciting at saka ang raming strategy pala para maka-solve ng isang problem."

While working on Math Dali, the twins learned to ask questions. This is actually their advice to students while learning the subject.

Jai explained, "Ako honestly, struggle ko talaga sa Math. Grabe talaga, ngayon subject ko pa Math! Pero sabi ko parang akala mo kasi natatakot tayo mag-ask questions di ba kapag nasa school kasi baka feeling natin, 'Hala baka nahuhuli na ako?' Pero actually okay naman pala, kasi kung hindi ka mag-a-ask question, hindi ka rin matututo."

Joj added, "There are so many ways para matuto ng Math. Walang genius na kapag pinanganak, matalino na agad sa Math. Kailangan mo ng practice. So na-realize ko nung high school ko sa before [alam ko na 'to]. Pero enjoy talaga, dati kasi hatest ko ang Math. Hindi ko inaasahan na magiging Math educator ako…"



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