MMM – More Meaningful Math (English language prize)

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The project “MMM – More Meaningful Math” (English language prize, sponsored by the British Council) aimed on one hand to motivate show students aged between 12 and 16 the importance of mathematics in real life and to enrich teachers’ methodology with motivating material on the other.

The project founders wanted to help students develop their self-confidence in solving mathematical problems or discovering new mathematical relations by working with hands-on material. The teachers started with the assumption that students may get to know the importance of mathematics and its relation to real-life better this way than the way that the subject is traditionally taught in school.

Students were divided in international teams to work on real-life mathematics problems, e.g. in architecture, nature, computer graphics, sports… In addition, teachers planned lessons with hands-on material like puzzles or building 3D solids, experiments like using a bouncing ball or discovering the use of a pantograph or paper folding, or even software for modelling landscapes or church windows etc.

But then why was this project awarded with the English language prize? By using English for communication and cooperation within their international teams, students improved their language and social skills, too. In addition, as maths was combined with history, culture and traditions all participants got to know more about Europe and developed their sense of European citizenship^p, discovering similarities and differences among them.

What was the right formula for the project to work? On the stage of the etwinning awards, the project founders stated: “We have to thank our English teachers who taught us everything so we could work on the projects. Our students collaborated in international teams and worked on different topics from real life, so they needed a lot of vocabulary and they applied what they learned in English lessons. In addition we organised workshops where they met each other and through these meetings practiced their English.”

The project founders on the stage of eTwinning European Prizes

The project founders on the stage of eTwinning European Prizes, awarded by the British Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the opinion of the jury?
This is an inspiring project that finds innovative and pedagogically effective ways to develop the maths skills of learners across the countries involved. The project was well-thought out and implemented, using a variety of opportunities offered by technology in an imaginative and effective way, and to showcasing the learners’ work. The project also encouraged good practice in developing learners, for example, by creating situations where learners consolidate their learning by teaching other learners. It is very encouraging to see English being developed through the study of mathematics and students being exposed to cultural exchange in a sometimes challenging subject for them. The project would be of interest to other learners who would see how engaging the subject can be in this cross-cultural context.

More information on the project Profile and the Twinspace.

PROJECT DETAILS

Founders
Monika Schwarze (Pestalozzi-Gymnasium Unna, Germany)

Ivan De Winne (Sint-Donatus Instituut (bovenbouw), Belgium)

Partners
Christina Georgiou: Λύκειο Λινόπετρας – Lyceum Linopetras (Λεμεσός, Cyprus)

Constantinos Kyriakides: Λύκειο Λινόπετρας – Lyceum Linopetras (Λεμεσός, Cyprus)

Cristina Naranjo Gil: I.E.S. Schamann (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)

Elena Papamichael: Λύκειο Λινόπετρας – Lyceum Linopetras (Λεμεσός, Cyprus)

Fernando Rojas: Cycle d’orientation des Grandes-Communes (Petit-Lancy, Switzerland)

Ināra Vasiļevska: Privātā vidusskola “Klasika” (Rīga, Latvia)

LEFKI LOIZIA: Λύκειο Λινόπετρας – Lyceum Linopetras (Λεμεσός, Cyprus)

Maria del Carmen García González: I.E.S. Schamann (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)

Maria Montserrat Tacoronte Padrón: I.E.S. Schamann (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)

Marianna Paphitou: Λύκειο Λινόπετρας – Lyceum Linopetras (Λεμεσός, Cyprus)

Michael Koerdt: Pestalozzi-Gymnasium Unna (Unna, Germany)

OLGA DEL PINO MEDINA: I.E.S. Schamann (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)

Regīna Perska: Privātā vidusskola “Klasika” (Rīga, Latvia)

Stephanie Docherty: Cycle d’orientation des Grandes-Communes (Petit-Lancy, Switzerland)

Stève Canapini: Cycle d’orientation des Grandes-Communes (Petit-Lancy, Switzerland)

Svetlana Šibko-Šipkovska: Privātā vidusskola “Klasika” (Rīga, Latvia)

Tatjana Vinokurova: Privātā vidusskola “Klasika” (Rīga, Latvia)

Teresa Diaz Camino: I.E.S. Schamann (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)

Tim De Decker: Sint-Donatus Instituut (bovenbouw) (Merchtem, Belgium)

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