Passionate about Mathematics

Elmhurst School for Boys

9th October 2020

Passionate about Mathematics

At Elmhurst we are passionate about Mathematics !

I believe that everyone can do well in Maths; that mistakes, struggle and persistence are all important; that mathematics is an open, growing subject, (as opposed to a closed, fixed one); and that communicating, reasoning about, and justifying ideas are central acts in the work of mathematics. Our boys engage in challenging tasks that include visual representations. Our classroom culture is based on pair/group work where all ideas are valued. Our curriculum is designed around problem solving. Boys are given low-floor, high-ceiling tasks, showing them that everyone can engage and succeed in high-level mathematics.  

I am  always looking for ways to motivate and engage children. I have introduced the utilization of the most innovative  AR  technology tools, which definitely provide a WOW factor in the classroom. This has been implemented within Mathematics at Elmhurst, and will be expanded across the whole school. 

What is AR?

Augmented Reality (AR) is a development in technology which superimposes images through your device into the world we see. It adds or augments images around us.

Imagine reading a history book and wondering what the Colosseum looked like? Or learning about human biology and being able to see inside a body? Maybe the topic is space and you'd like to find out what Jupiter looks like? Usually, you'd need to research further into the topic but with AR, these images can 'pop up' and come to life through your electronic device. 

What is AR doing in Maths ? 

Children can directly interact with 3D shapes which  improves their visualization of geometric models, both inside and outside the classroom. It is an innovative and exciting way of learning geometry and not only that.  
The year 5 and 6 boys' reactions when I showed them some examples of shapes was amazing. The boys were fascinated  to see how a 2D shape can transform into a 3D shape, to learn about their properties etc...They were perplexed by how it works and enthralled by the sense of magic that AR provides.

The primary aim of implementing the supplemental AR tool in the Maths curriculum and the teaching process is to help us to individualize class lessons according to each child's capabilities, and engage them in learning more independently using their senses of sight and hearing. It will bring figures to life, going beyond the pictures of geometrical shapes seen in textbooks and elevate children's learning experiences, energizing everyday lessons.
I am really excited about this project because I know that the boys will improve their visualization in geometry  and spatial awareness (our data indicates that we need to improve this). 

Main features:

Viewing geometric 2D and 3D shapes from all angles
Seeing sides of 3D shapes unfold into 2D shapes (the decomposition is visualized)
Learning and understanding fractions
Comparing and identifying objects in the environment with geometric shapes using AR
Developing spatial imagination by observing 3D and flat models

Main benefits :

Interactive lessons
Higher retention
Intellectual curiosity
Increased memory 
Faster learning

I hope you will all be as excited as me and the boys!

 “Children’s needs have not changed. The world around them has.”

- Mrs Neagu

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