MOOC: Moving to Maths 2.0
Mathematics is not always a popular subject. The difficulties many pupils have with maths are not only due to insufficient knowledge of the subject elements, but also to the lack of ability to apply maths-related knowledge in other situations where it could prove useful.
A key challenge in teaching maths is not only its fundamental principles, process and applications, but also fostering a sense of curiosity and confidence in transferring the knowledge and skills to new situations. In other words helping pupils to understand the relevance of this competence outside of the classroom.
The course aims to address this problem by helping teachers develop students’ mathematical competences as defined by the EU’s Key Competences framework: the ability to develop and apply mathematical thinking in order to solve a range of problems in everyday situations, with an emphasis on process, activity and knowledge.
By the end of the course participants will have an understanding of why it is important to innovate and personalise Maths teaching. They will develop a learning design that incorporates activities for different learners, and a learning diary with key reflections on the course topics and shared resources to support maths activities for students of different dominant intelligence types.
The course is substantially based on Irina Vasilescu’s learning event “Maths for Every Student” on eTwinning. Irina Vasilescu, an experienced Maths teacher and teacher trainer, will be directly involved in running the course as a moderator so participants will have plenty of opportunities to directly interact with her.