Grattis Kristina Åsenius som erhållit ett bidrag på $1000 från the Educational Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Award!
Det var glädjande, roligt och överraskande att få beskedet från The Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation, att projektet ”Math Games – A way to Experience Numbers and Embody Mathematical Concepts” utvalts och att jag därmed får mottaga Educational Foundations’s 50th Anniversary Award, på 1000 USD.
Projektet kommer att påbörjas i september 2014 och pågå under höstterminen. Genom stipendiet ges ytterligare möjlighet att utveckla matematikundervisningen för de yngre barnen generellt, men för barn med hinder i sin matematikutveckling i synnerhet.
Så här ser projektplanen ut:
Math Games - A way to Experience Numbers and Embody Mathematical Concepts.
We have noticed that a majority of children that meets obstacles in their mathematical development has either both a lack of understanding for concepts and/or ability to estimate numbers. The latest research suggests that the degree of precision in the ability to estimate the number could explain the development of more severe learning difficulties in mathematics . The theory assumes that the experience of estimating numbers is the basis for understanding the link between the number and the symbol.
In the field of numbers and counting, there are a number of known critical points, which students must understand in order to develop their skills. We will provide concrete materials and games to help children to master these critical points to avoid that they create obstacles in their mathematical thinking. These games and materials will both motivate and embody mathematical concepts. These activities also offers challenges and opportunities for conversation about what they do and how they think (McIntosh, 2009). There is research evidence that show that students who use concrete materials develop more precise and more comprehensive mental representations and they often show more motivation and better understanding of mathematical ideas (Garnett, 1998).
Our main purpose is to develop interest in mathematics and confidence in the children's own ability to use mathematics in different contexts by working with concrete materials and games that are fun, motivating and educational awareness-raising. Focus will be on developing mathematical skills such as the difference between the figure and the number and the positioning system. Another central part is to offer opportunities to develop familiarity with basic mathematical concepts and methods and their usefulness by interaction and discussion.