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Enthusiastic about tips on how to make arithmetic attention-grabbing for kids and tips on how to immediate and encourage them to independently analysis, search and “dig” new info on Web, I made a decision to begin a brand new venture on the faculty stage: “Historical past of Arithmetic”.
I remembered the topic holding the identical identify at my college, which, within the multitude of lectures and workouts, was an actual refresher for us arithmetic college students.
The venture began final faculty yr (2021/2022) throughout the time when the Covid-19 sanitary measures have been in drive. Our college is without doubt one of the few that had courses in particular person all through the varsity yr, and my college students enthusiastically participated within the venture. .
The venture consists of 4 actions: (i) Arithmetic of historic occasions, (ii) Arithmetic of the Center Ages and the Renaissance, (iii) making greeting playing cards and decorations for Christmas and New 12 months (utilizing geometric equipment) and (iv) celebrating Girls’s Day (March 8) – Girls in Arithmetic.
All supplies ready all through the venture have been printed the varsity’s web site, which recorded numerous views.
Via their work on posters, displays and adorning panels, the scholars confirmed distinctive expertise in inventive expression. They drew well-known mathematicians. They launched us to the arithmetic of the traditional Egyptians, Chinese language and Greeks, in addition to to the arithmetic of historic India and Arabic arithmetic.
All through December, they made angels for Christmas decorations. It was attention-grabbing to look at them creating and adorning these Christmas ornaments as they have been making use of sure steps of mathematical development. A brief video was ready and uploaded on YouTube by the scholars. The scholars labored collectively and helped one another to make the very best decorations (angels).
Within the third month, for Girls’s Day, the scholars introduced in additional particulars well-known girls mathematicians, their biographies, and their achievements within the science of arithmetic.
I’ve determined introducing sure adjustments this faculty yr,
Fifth grade college students made displays and posters and shared their data of the arithmetic of the traditional Egyptians, Babylonians and Sumerians, Incas, Indians, Greeks and Chinese language.
Different college students within the faculty adopted their schoolmates’ lectures with nice curiosity and realized how the Incas counted (with the assistance of knots), how the traditional Egyptians marked fractions, and the way the Babylonians displayed sequences of numbers.
In the course of the venture, seventh-grade college students realized in regards to the work of the free internet instrument Canva and created attention-grabbing comics about well-known mathematicians (for instance Ruđer Bošković and Luca Pacioli ). Nice masterpieces of our college students have been created with minimal effort.
Ružica Mikić is a arithmetic trainer with 11.5 years of expertise. She can be a mentor on the Lučko Main Faculty in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated from the College of Science (Division of Arithmetic) of the College of Zagreb. She enjoys sharing her data with college students, organizes numerous workshops and seminars aiming at popularizing arithmetic in faculties.