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Don’t confuse them with mountains

The Art of Maths (TheAMa) Posted on 2019-05-24 15:08:27

I was hardly home any longer than the time needed to run 21 097.5 metres around Gothenburg and then doing some wash up. The next project meeting for TheAma was planned for Mon-Wed.

There was something that had felt a bit vague about this project. I was not really sure about what to do and not really sure about what to expect of its outcome. It felt especially hard when two new enthusiastic delegates from Sandgärdskolan had many questions to ask that I could not answer. I did not know what to expect and what to think about the two days in Mons.

After only a few minutes of the meeting everything fitted again though. Thanks to a wonderful project team that jointly explained and highlighted, and above all where everybody was open minded about their own questions and vague understandings. This was definitely the smallest meeting I have been to, but on the other hand very efficient. Many things could be taken care of in a very short amount of time.

I think that the most important thing I learnt these days in the wonderful city of Mons is that you must be open about your work. If you have not been able to complete everything, say so. It is not that you will not have to do them, but either you do something else instead, you get more time to do them or you get help completing them.

One last notice from the language teacher’s point of view. It’s not often I visit a bilingual country (Finland is not really bilingual in the same way as Belgium), and it therefor took me a while to figure out that the train that was supposed to take us to Mons and showed Bergen was the correct one. Mons (FR) and Bergen (NL) was the same. I should have guessed since I should have figured out that both words mean “mountain”.



More about TheAMa

The Art of Maths (TheAMa) Posted on 2018-12-04 20:59:53

According to the study ‘PISA’ that has been carried out every three years since 2000 by OECD, it has been observed that pupils in the European Union is lagging behind in terms of the performance in mathematics. In the case of Sweden, students scored just slightly above the OECD’s average in mathematics.

Regardless the performance of students in mathematics all over Europe, one would expect that they have at least understood the prominent role of mathematics in human evolution. However, the questions that are frequently expressed even in the classrooms of high schools, mainly in relation with the utility of mathematics in everyday life and their correlation with other areas of human sciences and culture, come to contradict the above expectation.

For instance, the influence of mathematics in the development of various forms of arts is of a great interest, and exactly for that reason has been widely known since the ancient times. Particularly, in the recent years, the education research community attempts to mitigate the relationship between mathematics and art by using alternative teaching methods, indicating that the effect of art in mathematical learning is always positive (Catterall and Waldorf, 1999; Ingram & Seashore, 2003).

Accordingly, the project ‘The Art of Maths’ constitutes the distillate of the partnership’s inspiration that has been drawn by the above scientific conclusions. Five participating organizations, ourselves, the Greek University of Thessaly, the Cypriot NGO- Research Centre CIP, the Belgian company Logopsycom and the Portuguese school SPEL, with rich experience in various ramifications of didactics of mathematics through both formal and non-formal methods and contexts, will produce innovative training modules with specially designed material that appeals to both mathematic teachers and students in secondary school.

Hence, the teachers and subsequently students from 13 to 18 years old, will have the opportunity to approach both the correlation and influence of mathematics during the development of various ramifications of art, including visual arts, music, cinematography, literature and theatre, and additionally to experience the art development as an alternative method which could be successfully ‘exploited’ during the didactics of mathematics, by simultaneously using ICT based methods and specially-designed innovative tools such as games.

Under this context, the students will make a journey of knowledge in order to investigate mathematics within the classical art of Ancient Greece, the proportions of the Parthenon and the notion of the ‘golden mean’; subsequently, they will move to the notions of ‘linear perspective’ of the Renaissance and the ‘geometry’ of modern art, through a display of works of art and paintings. They will also meet with ‘Pythagoreans and the numerical relations of sounds’ in order to proceed to the study of pulsation in the 17th century and the modern view of harmony through the Fourier analysis. Moreover, they will deal with the mathematical notions, mentality and history through various parts of theatrical texts, movies and literature. Additionally, a whole output of ‘The Art of Maths’ will be dedicated to Pilot Sessions and training courses for both educators and students, being applied in an entire network of schools, reaching the outstanding number of 350 educators and 2000 students totally, in all the five partner countries. At the same time, 2500 printed handbooks of 40 pages each, that – amongst others – will include the best-of activities of the on-line training course, will be issued and distributed to schools coming from the five countries of the consortium, whilst a unique e-library will provide academic material to the educators and articles related with relevant thematic areas.

Accordingly, ‘The Art of Maths’ aspirations regarding the students have been defined as follows: (i) to understand the applicability of mathematics in another field, realizing that it is not a science detached from other fields; (ii) to allow the mixture of mathematics and arts to create a more pleasant feeling, which will eventually affect the way they accept and approach mathematics in the classroom, thus cultivating a positive stance towards math; (iv) to learn how to use digital technologies and innovative tools in order to absorb knowledge and to fully comprehend a new term/concept; thus also contributing to the modernization of didactic models in teaching math and STEM, in general. The on-line training course, which will be available in a variety of languages (ENG, SWE, FR, GR, PRG) will be open for free use also after the end of the EU funding, whilst its dissemination will be of a large scale (Schools, NGOs, Research Associations, Ministries of Education & Universities).



On the road again

The Art of Maths (TheAMa) Posted on 2018-11-10 11:53:42

Sandgärdskolan
is back in Cyprus again. This time for a new Erasmus+ project. In this project,
The art of Maths (TheAma), we will try to help Maths teachers to develop their
teaching by creating tools for pupils where various forms of art are used as
starting points. Sandgärdskolan will specifically lead on the Intellectual Outputs
where drama, cinematography and literature are used. Finally some things in the
Erasmus+ projects that touch upon my subjects.

It felt a
bit lonely to travel on my own, but that was compensated by the visits at the
familiar spots Zanettos restaurant, where the abundance of food was just as ridiculous
as the last time, and Piwo microbrewery where the handcrafted beer was just as
exquisite as in May. I stayed at the same hotel too. The most striking
difference was the amount of Eintracht Frankfurt supporters everywhere. They
were playing Limassol in Europa League and had an impressive following. There must
have been several thousands (5 000, according to this article) of black, white and grey dressed Germans in Nicosia.

The project
was off to a good start with inspiring partners that promise this project to be
a successful one. It will be great to meet with (and form) the local team next
week. As soon as the topics and themes have been decided we will start working
on a regular basis.

The meeting
room was really interesting too. It was actually situated in the buffer zone in
between the Cypriot and the Turkish side of Nicosia. A bit eerie feeling to
pass by barbed wire on your way to the meetings, but the youth center that had
been created (which hosted us with the meeting rooms) offered a hope for a better
future.

Next
meeting will be in Mons, Belgium in May. Already looking forward to it.