Grant NaDiMa
1.10.2008  30.9.2010
Grantor: The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
Motivation via Natural Differentiation in Mathematics
Programme type: Lifelong Learning Programme COMENIUS Multilateral project
Objectives:
The European materials on educational policy stress the importance of formation of pupils´ competences as: competence to learn, to communicate, to solve problems, to make conjectures, etc. This process should start in early age and on the primary school level it is supported mainly by the teacher.
On the general level this project aims at the development of primary school pupils:

to support the development of their learning competences;

to support the consciousness of the meaning of mathematics as a part of human culture;

to encourage pupils' motivation to learn mathematics;

to realize pupils' individual (cognitive) potentials;

to create the possibility for students to experience success in the process of problem solving.
These aims should be achieved by means of support and enhancement of teachers directed on:

to get to know examples for substantial learning environments and by that experience the nature of mathematics and recognize and use the potential for teaching and learning;

to strengthen teacher’s mathematical content knowledge in relation to and requested for these specific learning environments;

how to cope with the heterogeneity and realize natural differentiation in mathematics classrooms;

to support the change of belief on the substance and importance of mathematics for primary school level.
In concrete terms each local team in cooperation with teachers from partners and associated schools will prepare elaborated materials and examples of substantial learning environments:

its mathematical background (importance for the development of mathematical thinking, connections to crucial mathematical ideas, different ways of solutions);

different possibilities how to put it into practice in the classrooms;

our experience from field experiment (concentrating mostly on the pupils´ motivation and development of their different competences);

possibilities to develop, cultivate, and enrich mathematical ideas.