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Title of Initiative / Project
Connecting Europe through mathematics developing new teaching strategies
Name of Organiser
Escola Sadako
Start and ending date of the Initiative
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Funding Programme
LLP Comenius multilateral partnerships
Title of the project
Escola Sadako
Project number
Type of deliverables
On-line Game, Didactical resource
Thematic area
Language of the deliverable
Italian, Other EU, Spanish, English
Target Group
Teachers, Students
Description of the initiative
The context
There is, at present, concern across Europe regarding the results obtained by children in different curricular areas, especially in mathematics. We believe an impulse must be given to the teaching of this subject. After a careful analysis of the teaching methods used by each of the participating schools we hope to make teachers more aware of their pupils¿ needs and difficulties in mathematics and to develop new teaching practice. We also hope to engage all the teaching staff in each of our schools to take part in pedagogical innovation. Involvement in this project will imply the use of the new technologies and of different European languages and hence increase the feeling of belonging to the European community.

The activities

Each school will outline its basic aims for each course and compare them with those of the other members of the project.
Each school will elaborate activities relating to the area of mathematics under study and will share them with the other members.
A comparison will be made of the strategies used in each school and of the results obtained.

The aims
To compare the didactic methods used and the curriculums in the participating member countries. To compare ways of assessing procedures and mathematical concepts.
To create, compare, share and use new materials to improve our mathematics classes.
To integrate mathematics with other areas of the school curriculum, such as music, art, physical education, English, geography ...
To develop specific strategies for working with pupils with special educational needs.
To improve international links and our knowledge of mathematics and its teaching.

The results achieved

A selection of articles about numeracy and
Numeration and Calculation manipulative materials
Calculation activities using games and interactive materials
A selection of activities related to geometry. These activities show different ways of teaching concepts which are sometimes found very dry by children. They show how teaching geometry can be creative and fun at the same time.
Bilingual vocabulary about the subject
More Information
The web page of the project is ugly but functional. It invites you to take the resources and leave it. Main page:
The projects is about connecting teachers and show the different ideas to teach maths. Description:
They have made some good resources, but they only show a photo. I miss a guide to construct some of them. ( )
The virtual resources are in external web services full of advertising or obsoletes.
The activities are interesting and well explained. Are classified by topic and age.
Some examples:
The dictionary ( ) is only a collection of links. There are some interesting articles about teaching maths ( )
The section called “Brainteasers” ( ) is good.
If any other school found this project, could use the resources and ideas, especially the activities and Brainteasers.
Teachers’ Opinion
I found a lot of interesting activities in this project. All of them are realistic and well explained.
The regular activities are much better than the virtual ones. They have put some photos i each and a simple but effective menu to find it.
Is a good project, but maybe too simple. It looks limited to collect different activities and put them in a web. There are a lot of work behind, but there are many other webs with math activities similar to the web of the project. The better is the benefits for the students involved in this project and the experience for the teachers. Interacting with other countries is always good and I think they have learned a lot.
Students’ Opinion
Some of the activities are fun and they are for learning. Maths is a difficult topic and teachers have to explain well and make it fun. I saw computer games, some of them don’t work well, but some are fun. But the best thing are the games in classroom with colours or geometric shapes. I think It is the best way to learn maths.
The children of the project seem to be enjoying it.

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Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.