The understanding of integers and negative numbers in particular poses certain challenges for many people. One difficulty lies with the fact that the negative sign appears along with a number to indicate an object, a number, but the same negative sign is also used for the operation of subtraction.I have shared here an approach which I have learnt from Shri P. K. Srinivasan. I have used it for many years successfully with many batches of students and shared it with many teachers in workshop settings. The approach has been received well and appreciated by several teachers who implemented it in their classrooms. It has been an easy task to share this approach in workshops where I could clarify various questions and doubts that were raised. I do hope that in this article, I am able to communicate clearly the various steps involved in this. I also hope that I manage to convey the charm and effectiveness of this approach.

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