I was fortunate on doing a search on YouTube on Seymour Papert to make a discovery of a video called “The Math Liberation Front” . In this video we saw three children dressed in guerilla clothes stating that mathematics should be fun and interesting but it has been ruined by the owners of the curriculum who make it boring.
The end of the video gave a link to the site that this video came from which is http://www.researchideas.ca/index.html This is a really exciting site that contains stories, videos, lesson plans and other material .
The basis of the site is the belief that mathematics should be an experience that is enjoyable. The child should have the chance to explore ideas and language arts should be a major means for this to happen.
The leading researcher in this approach is George Gadanidis He has written as book called “What Did You Do In Math Today?” which he states is the question that many parents ask their child after they get home from school, only to be told, “I don’t know” or “nothing”.
To quote Gadanidis:
How can we change this?
- engage children with “math that is interesting to talk about” and,
- help children develop communication skills for telling good math stories
I must admit that I found the site full of good (and exciting) ideas and would very much have liked the opportunity to have experienced mathematics like this when I was at school.
I can thoroughly recommend the site and hope that it gets the following that it deserves.