Maths is fun ! Erasmus Project

General information for the Maths is fun ! Erasmus Project

Maths is fun ! Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Maths is fun !

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2015

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; Key Competences (incl. mathematics and literacy) – basic skills; International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation

Project Summary

In the questionnaires conducted by our school consultants, 80% of our students found the Mathematics lessons boring, 75% said they did not know what they would do with what they learn in life and that they found it unnecessary and 60% said they were afraid of the lessons. Following these results, in the interest surveys applied to our students by our school consultants, 85% of our students expressed that they did not like this course, they found it frightening and abstract. We have shown that this is usually learned from the elders, the parents, and has a negative impact on the students’ academic achievement.

In our school, we know that mathematics is full of abstract concepts. By making the students take parts actively in classes, by using concrete materials, by using outdoor activities mostly, by using games and activities which students may correlate Maths with daily life, we wanted to put into practice a process of education that students overcome their fear or negative attitude towards Maths. In order to determine our insufficiencies, to resolve the mistakes made by different views, recognize European union values and to develop positive course of actions towards these values and above all, in order to share experience, we wanted to carry out this project with foreign partners.

We included two partners in the project: one from Poland (Niepubliczne Gimnazjum “Keglik”) and the other from Romania (Scoala Gimnaziale “Ion Creanga”). Another thing that we paid attention in the partnership was that the curriculum of our partner schools included the selected topics in the project. “Keglik” developed teaching materials in mathematics education and had a lot of experience in Erasmus + projects. One of our project goals was to make it easier for teachers to develop educational material in the field of mathematics education. Both schools are dynamic and innovative schools that have successful students nationwide in the field of Mathematics.

Throughout the project, two teacher and three student mobilities were carried out.

At the end of our project;
Our teachers developed an alternative to traditional classroom teaching methods, which will attract the attention of students.
Our parents are aware of the prejudices and using frightening language about mathematics lessons that negatively affects their students.
Negative attitudes of our students towards the Mathematics lesson and the fear towards the Mathematics lesson decreased.
Our teachers collaborated with the teachers of different countries to design games and drama so improved their linguistic skills.
A positive change has been observed in the success criteria of our school administrators.
Teachers from different branches of our school came together to develop new teaching methods by cooperation.
Multiple intelligence theory methods were applied to create a school environment in which our students could be directed to mathematics lessons in according to their abilities.
Our students have been given the opportunity to improve their math skills by sharing information with their peers in our school and partner schools.
Our students are more successful in Maths examinations.
Our teachers had the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with colleagues in Europe.
The linguistic skills of our students have improved.
The the negative attitudes of our students towards the mathematics lesson decreased.
Our students have increased self-confidence.
Our students’ use of information and communication technologies has increased.
We have increased the confidence that our parents have about our school.

In the following years;
We will add our learning by games activities to our schools’ plans.
Activities such as cartoon exhibition, Pi day festivities, cake making using recipes containing fractional numbers, learning through drama will be held every year and included in the annual plans of our teachers.
Math games Olympics and Pi day celebrations will be become traditional in our school.
Students will be encouraged to continue publishing our math magazine.
Drama texts and costumes prepared during project will be available for further use.
The prime number tree will continue to be used as teaching material by our new students since it will be permanent in our school.
The mathematics and intelligence games workshop created in the project process will be available for further use.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 119199 Eur

Project Coordinator

ATATÜRK ORTAOKULU & Country: TR

Project Partners

  • Niepubliczne Gimnazjum “Keglik”
  • Scoala Gimnaziala ‘Ion Creanga” Braila