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Involving Students in Maths eTwinning Projects

Due to the specific features of Maths projects and to the “arid” nature of the subject, they should have an incentive aspect, that can be achieved through the types of activities that are planned, the degree of collaboration and the tools that are used. Mathematics can thus become a “vehicle” for learning about the partners and for the mutual understanding of our cultural environment.
How many times have we heard from our students the question: “Why do we have to study this?
As opposite to the common perception of Maths as being an abstract, mechanic, repetitive and boring subject, by means of creative and imaginative projects, it can become interesting, helpful, surprising, flexible, intriguing, and fun. Students can become aware of Mathematics role in our physical and cultural environment as well as in our cultural heritage.
ETwinning can help teachers to significantly enhance the students’ motivation due to its features: it empowers collaborative and peer-to-peer learning, as well as learning communities, benefits the students’ different skills by a multiple intelligence approach and promotes a natural use of ICT.
This presentation is focused on a few ways to enhance the degree of students’ involvement in projects, as well as on specific examples of activities from several eTwinning Maths projects.

The teachers’ role is not the same for the entire duration of the project. Once the main preconditions are entailed (a good plan, based on clear aims and targeted competences, as well as on common syllabus content, and a safe and efficient environment provided by the eTwinning tools), the focus is on the participating students. From this moment on, the teachers' task is mainly to facilitate and stimulate the students’ involvement, while encouraging their independence and their responsibility for their own learning process. Students will be the main progress source of the project, because they are going to be achieving the transformation of effort into learning. New skills, experiences, knowledge will be developed as a result of their involvement throughout the project, starting from its earliest stages. Furthermore, it is important that this involvement continues even after the project is concluded.

Irina Vasilescu, School no. 195, Bucharest, Romania

Comments

Hello, dear eTwinners!
Being myself involved in Maths projects, I salute this blog article and its author, a very competent and passionate Maths teacher, one of our eTwinning ambassadors, Irina Vasilescu. I couldn’t agree more with each and every one of her statements and I can easily recognize most of them in my own activity. I will give you only a few examples:
-„by means of creative and imaginative projects, it can become interesting, helpful, surprising, flexible, intriguing, and fun”. This is also what we tried to achieve with our project, MATHEMATICOMIX, that you can visit here: http://mathematicomix.wordpress.com/ . We combined comic drawings, quizzes and games with Maths and the results were amazing!
-„benefits the students’ different skills by a multiple intelligence approach and promotes a natural use of ICT.” Interesting connections can attract students attention to the importance of Maths, involving different types of intelligence. We’ve thought at Castles and Maths in our project King of my castle, http://king-of-my-castle.blogspot.com/p/castles-and-maths.html .
-„it is important that this involvement continues even after the project is concluded.” Disseminating our Maths projects activity and results helps other teachers and students to improve their Maths skills and learning styles. I must congratulate the author also for creating "Challenging students with Maths in eTwinning" teachers room, where I am proud to be a member, where I learn from and share with others my experience. I also involved my students and my eTwinning partners from Greece and Croatia in an international on-line event, MATH EXPERIENCE Symposium Bucharest, http://www.mathexperience.ro/index.php/parteneri-ai-proiectului , a very impressive marathon video-conference.
I conclude with the last event motto: „Everything around us is Mathematics”(isn’t it?). Thank you, Irina, for sharing your valuable experience!
Cristina Nicolaita
Gh. Magheru School
Caracal, Romania

Hi to all the eTwinners around the world!
As the colleague who's been actively involved both in 'Mathematicomix' and 'King of my castle' eTwinning projects, I can't say anything else but to agree completely with every single word of my friend Cristina's.
I'd also like to express the pleasure in sharing your experience with us all, Irina! Well done!
After all: Everything in the world IS maths (believe it or not).
My best to all of you!
Ksenija Vidmar Nincevic,
Zadar, Croatia

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