Playful Mathematics - Matemáticas, ¿un juego de niños?

Kangas, J. (Puhuja)

Aktiviteetti: Puhe- tai esitystyypitKutsuesitelmä

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In early years learning mathematics follows a series of developmental steps with certain events needed to stimulate this knowledge. How ever sometimes mathematical thinking happens in places you don’t expect. “A child who can help clean-up in a classroom is showing that they know about sizes and patterns, geometry, sorting and classifying.”

The challenge for the teacher is to make learning visible. Traditionally we would rely on teacher testing, but in this approach, where children are viewed as agents of their own learning, teachers provide the opportunities and support the child’s understanding of their own role. “In participatory pedagogy, children are viewed as already having their own potential and the ability to understand by their own observations. Children are curious beings that want to explore. They already have a lot of understanding when they arrive at the school at 8 months old. They want to learn, they want to test, and to try."

Another feature of the Finnish system is that teachers in the lower grades teach all subjects. This also helps to connect mathematical thinking and to find opportunities to teach these concepts. Art classes for example, provide a valuable space to teach shapes and geometry. “In my field work, I see small children using abstract functions and already understanding 3 dimensional shapes. Math is present everywhere and it is play that shapes the thinking process.”
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