Because there is another way to learn maths
We have started working on a project with which we want to transform the teaching of mathematics in European primary schools. Added value, an initiative that we share with the School with Class Foundation (Poland), Universal Learning Systems (Ireland) and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (Holland), has as its fundamental objective to reorient the way in which this subject has traditionally been taught, away from its more theoretical and abstract approach, to bring it closer to everyday phenomena of everyday life.
The project, which is funded by the Erasmus + Program of the European Union, is based on the idea that mathematics can not be understood as an independent reality of what happens beyond the walls of the school, but that they have to serve basically to solve real-life problems. Thus, Added value aims to provide tools to educators so they can teach the subject in a more integrated and connected way realated with local and global issues that affect society.
With the help and advice of a team of teachers and experts, a set of topics for primary education will be developed incorporating ideas on how to apply them in a practical way. As complementary material, we will also create a series of posters that will show scientists, discoverers and entrepreneurs who changed our lives thanks to mathematics.
The project is mainly aimed at teachers of mathematics, but also at those of other subjects willing to participate in interdisciplinary projects, especially in the STEAM area (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
Ultimately, Added value also wants to modify the stereotype of a mathematics teacher: we hope, thus, to initiate a debate about the current role that the teacher should play in guiding students through a modern and complex world.
The project plans to use these tools in the four countries of the participants, specifically in 25 schools, involving at least 50 teachers and 500 students.